Coventry University

Coventry University
Brick Slip Fins

Educational Development Science and Health Building, Coventry University • Products used Brick Slip Fins • Architect Broadway Malyan • Contractor BAM Construction

The Challenge

The brick slip fins featured throughout the south elevation of Coventry University’s new Science and Health Building required a collaborative construction approach, utilising modern building technologies to achieve 23 large scale prefabricated installations. IG’s brick slip panel board system proved an effective means of cladding the 12340mm tall and 2628mm wide fins, providing BAM Construction with a lightweight solution that could secure easily to the pre-installed steel framing system. In accordance with planning authority requirements, the Petersen Tegl D38 brick type was specified throughout the development. The unusual dimensions of the handmade brick, 238 x 108 x 54mm, were accommodated by IG’s innovative interlocking brick slip system.

The Solution

The BBA approved panel board fixed to the steel framework using 316-grade stainless steel self-drilling screws. Each fin consisted of three brick clad steel sections, lifted individually into position by crane and restrained back to the railing system. The lightweight prefabricated solution enabled quick and effective assembly onsite. IG received a consignment of the Petersen Tegl D38 and arranged brick cutting to suit the complex requirements. Brick slips were cut to various specification, including a 105˚ slip to accommodate the angled return of the fin, this ensured the left-hand edge was flush against the main building façade. The finished development compliments the historic and architectural context of the area, with carefully selected materials and sensitively designed brick elements.