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Builders on site at Darwin Hall. Pic: Bryant Priest Newman Architects
Little pieces of Belgium will take pride of place in the city when building work is completed on Lichfield’s new community hall. Work began on Darwin Hall in September and is expected to be completed early in 2010. But the architects behind the project had to head for Europe to find the solution to a problem over which sort of brick to use on the building. A spokesperson for Bryant Priest Newman Architects explained:
“Throughout the design stages, we were searching for a brick that combined variety of tone and texture with a ‘handmade’ quality. On a visit to Belgium we came across their Wienerberger’s Hectic range, which seemed to embody all of the elements we were looking for.
The bricks used on Darwin Hall. Pic: Bryant Priest Newman Architects
“To achieve the look, after the bricks have received the final firing, they are put into a container and set alight with petrol.”
And Darwin Hall is set to be the flagship project for the new bricks in the UK as the first building scheme to use them in this country. The building of the new community centre has been funded by Section 106 money. The centre is being built by Greswolde Construction and has already been earmarked for use by a number of community groups.


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