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Case Study

Thurrock Civic Centre

Grays, Romford

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Enliven the surrounding streets with a building of quality, safety and fit for purpose.

The Thurrock Civic Centre development has seen the regeneration and erection of two adjoining buildings in Grays town centre, the new home to the 50 elected members of the Thurrock Civic Council, accompanying officers and public galleries.

The Thurrock Civic Centre development has seen the regeneration and erection of two adjoining buildings in Grays town centre, the new home to the 50 elected members of the Thurrock Civic Council, accompanying officers and public galleries.

The new centre is the catalyst for wider regeneration plans across Grays, and consists of Thurrock Council chambers, a registry office and gardens, committee rooms, democratic services, public areas and a café, all spanning across three stories.

The reasoning behind the development is to reinvigorate the area while also allowing the council to reduce its overall carbon footprint, decrease building running costs and provide a new, multi-functional community space for the people of Grays and the wider Thurrock.

These desired outcomes are the product of combining new technology and modern methods of construction with creative architectural design flair. The innovative Mechslip system allowed LSI Architects to specify Ibstock Brick’s popular Ivanhoe Cream Original brick, deployed using a lightweight mechanically fixed system with lower mass, optimised material utilisation and reduced mortar consumption compared with traditional construction methods.

The design of the architecture is unique, and only achieved through the simultaneous use of Mechslip and Ibstock’s Ivanhoe Cream Original Brick. Usually 28mm as standard, 48mm bricks were included on the civic centre’s façade, creating a series of projecting stack header bonds to relieve the building of any undesired flat-looking aesthetics. This also enabled the creation of a ventilated cavity between the building structure and façade, allowing airflow for the building to breath and generating an improved u-value you wouldn’t otherwise achieve through brickwork alone.

Furthermore, Mechslip’s use enabled an impressive number of architectural design iterations across the façade, including standard structured bonds, vertical structured bonds, vertical structure reveals into windows, and protruding vertical stretcher bond columns. The detail of architectural design on display at the Thurrock Civic Centre continues through the use of splayed window reveals, but at 45 degrees opposed to the usual 90, to help generate a sloping feature. Together, these techniques amounted to an aesthetically pleasing architectural façade that stands out from its surrounding buildings.

Aquarian Cladding and A20’s close collaboration on the detailed design, supply and installation of the brick slip façade cladding at Thurrock has resulted in a landmark civic building completed on budget and on time. Kier and Thurrock Council are very pleased with the façade, and we look forward to working with them again in the future.

James Mann MCIAT, Senior Design Manager at Kier Eastern

This architectural triumph that is the Thurrock Civic Centre, so important to the area, can be seen as the desired milestone in the regeneration plans, setting the standard both architecturally and practically, for future developments.

Of course, this was achieved thanks to Ibstock, and Ash and Lacy’s adaptable mechanically fixed brick slip system, Mechslip, and the use of real Ibstock bricks, that combined, afford architects an unrivalled variety in design possibilities alongside quality and performance.

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Why You Should Choose MechSlip

300+ brick finishes

Fully mechanically secured brick slips

Pre-spaced mortar joints

Tough, lightweight 6063T6 grade aluminium support rails

All components are non-combustible

Anodised aluminium or stainless steel support systems

Designed to be used as part of a ventilated construction

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