Brickmaker scores an ‘A’ with historic Midlands school expansion
05 June 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201914757
WHEN Corobrik was chosen to supply the bricks for the recent expansion of Michaelhouse, the historic Anglican Diocesan College of Natal, one of the key briefs was to come as close as possible to replicating the original red brick look and feel of the original early 1900s architecture.
Architect Nick Grice of Grice Bellars Architects in Pietermaritzburg designed the new buildings in keeping with the original style, using Corobrik’s Firelight Satin face brick. He said that while not exactly the same as the original buildings, it was an excellent match for the original, salmon pink brick.
“The new science block was completed last year, while the Heritage Centre was finished this year. Currently, we are busy building a new quad and boarding houses,” Grice said.
Michaelhouse Marketing Manager Murray Witherspoon said the school had continued to grow, almost organically, for 117 years. “Throughout, a great deal of energy, thought, and attention to detail has been applied to the consistency, which is a hallmark of the school’s characteristic red brick buildings.
“The school’s unique environment has become a touchstone of something enduring to the 6 500 living Old Boys scattered around the globe, and this is in no small measure because of the way the school’s facilities, regardless of era, just feel as though they are meant to be there.
“We are extremely happy with the new buildings and that they match so well the original building style and colour,” Witherspoon said.