An exciting piece of news for Petersen Tegl recently was the win by Witherford Watson Mann Architects of the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize for the best building of the year for its construction of Astley Castle, in Warwickshire, UK.
And exactly why is Petersen excited? Quite simply because Petersen’s D36 coal-fired brick was a key element in the Castle’s re-construction, so was instrumental in helping the architects win the coveted prize.
The oldest part of this ancient ruined castle dates back to the 12th century and was ready to collapse. The Landmark Trust bought the castle and had its remnants creatively restored into what is now a ground-breaking holiday home. Using Petersen’s D36 bricks in the more linear Flensburg Format, the old stone walls were seamlessly woven and held together with new brickwork.
The Petersen D36 is flooded with a range of reds, earth tones and even greens that perfectly reflected the colour of the original walls in the ruin. Plus the brick’s low height enabled it to closely follow the irregular lines of the ruin.
And, as you can see, the results are simply outstanding. The Petersen D36 was the perfect choice for this project proving that, with the right product and a great architect and builder, the challenge of joining old with new is readily accomplished.
For more information, or to view Petersen brick samples, call Robertson's Building Products today on 1300 856 222. You can also view The Petersen Magazine 27 to find out more about this breathtaking creation.