Permeable pavers from Adbri Masonry were selected for installation
outside the new Performing Arts building being developed at Brigidine College, an
independent Catholic girl’s high school located in St Ives, just north of
The school engaged Fulton Trotter Architects to design a master plan
concept for the institution, which included the introduction of a new Performing
Adbri Masonry’s Contracting Services Division won the tender to install
over 1100 square metres of the Ecotrihex pavers for the external relaxation
area. The aesthetically pleasing, durable and sustainable permeable pavers installed
throughout this new precinct, feature 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 the runoff can be recycled or returned to
the water table.
Inspired by Duffy Forest, a prominent feature at the front of the
College grounds, Fulton Trotter Architects selected two contrasting paver
colour tones for use in this project.
According to Adbri Masonry’s Project Manager, Clayton Kennedy, the
pavement design worked perfectly with the unique shape of Ecotrihex pavers,
using the contrasting tones of Oatmeal and Sunstone colours to create a unique,
nature inspired mixed use area. Additional base preparation was needed for the permeable
pavement system, and the pavers had to be meticulously cut and placed in and
around the many landscape design elements incorporated into the architect’s
Sandstone coloured Adbri Brickpave pavers were used along the perimeter
of the space abutting building edges and organically shaped planter beds
located throughout the outdoor spaces. The ability to colour match the two
paving types added a perfect finishing touch to the pavement surface, which along
with the planter bed seats created a modern, durable and sustainable solution
to assist in Brigidine College’s master plan.
Greg Isaac, Director at Fulton Trotter Architects observes that the Brigidine
College project demonstrates the versatility and flexibility of Adbri Masonry
to convey important client-desired design characteristics as well as provide a
practical and durable method of delivering rainwater back to the natural ground
via permeable pavers. He also appreciated the quality and skilled workmanship
delivered by the Adbri Masonry team.
This aesthetic and nature inspired project was nominated for the Bruce Mackenzie
Landscape Award in the 2014 Think Brick Awards.