For the King’s College School’s new music building, the client desired a series of load bearing arches with mechanically fixed bricks.
One of these arches had to incorporate the school’s coat of arms, which would greet visitors and students to the building, and proudly symbolise the site’s heritage. To meet this demand, IG Masonry Support manufactured and supplied a range of brick slip flat skewed arches all mechanically fixed and built seamlessly into the brickwork.
Customisable to architect’s design wishes, the Brick Slip Masonry Support systems are prefabricated units manufactured offsite and delivered complete with bricks bonded to them. Brick arches have retained their aesthetic allure for hundreds of years. The utilisation of IG Masonry Support’s brick slip system enabled the perfect convergence of tradition and modern methods of construction, offering a historic aesthetic within an easy-to-install solution. One of the architect’s requirements was that the bottom edges of the arches follow a slight curvature in order to match the appearance of the old traditional built arches.
Offering the traditional ‘look’ with all the modern benefits, utilising IG Masonry Support’s versatile solution ensured the architect’s wishes could be granted. Due to the nature of this project, all the brick slips had to be mechanically fixed in addition to the use of adhesive. Furthermore, structurally, the combination of a long clear span (up to 4.5m) and high loads, required the use of heavy steel sections. Thanks to IG Masonry Support’s skill and expertise, these challenges were overcome.
A separate hurdle lay in the historic coat of arms which had to be fixed to one of the arches. The stone, which is engraved with the arms, dated back around 200 years and had to be modernised in order to make the installation possible. IG Masonry Support collaborated closely with a specialist, who sensitively restored the coat of arms, ensuring its integrity was retained.