Brigidine College is an independent Catholic girl’s high school located in St Ives, just north of Sydney. While undertaking enhancement projects, the school engaged Fulton Trotter Architects and Sitedesign Studios Landscape Architects to design a master plan concept for the school which included the introduction of a new Performing Arts building.
As part of this redevelopment, Adbri Masonry’s Contracting Services Division won the tender to install over 1100 square meters of the Ecotrihex® pavers for the external relaxation area that was to feature aesthetically pleasing, durable and sustainable permeable pavers throughout this new precinct. This segmental permeable paver features specially designed voids which, when laid together, allow surface water runoff to filter through the pavement surface and into the sub base below. This ensures it can be recycled or returned to the water table. Inspired by Duffy Forest, a prominent feature at the front of the College grounds, Sitedesign Studios selected two contrasting paver colour tones for use in this project.
Julian Brady Design Director of Sitedesign Studios commented ‘Utilising the natural contrasting tones, this pavement design is yet another example of how permeable pavements are able to contribute to sustainable goals, perform as a functional pavement surface and create a brilliant aesthetic feel in contemporary designs. ‘
On finishing the project, Sandstone coloured Adbri Brickpave pavers were used in the perimeter of the space abutting building edges and organically shaped planter beds located throughout the outdoor spaces which also acted as a social seating area. The ability to colour match the two paving types was a perfect finishing touch to the pavement surface which along with the modern planter bed seats created a modern, durable and sustainable solution to assist in Brigidine College’s master plan.
“The Brigidine College project demonstrates the versatility and flexibility of Adbri Masonry to convey important client-desired design characteristics as well as providing a practical and durable method of delivering rainwater back to the natural ground via permeable paver,” explained Greg Isaac, Director at Fulton Trotter Architects. “Combined with quality and skilled workmanship, the project has achieved an outstanding result.”
This aesthetic and nature inspired project was nominated for the Bruce Mackenzie Landscape Award in the 2014 Think Brick Awards.