Brick maker Ibstock is helping students at the Manchester School of Architecture to explore the full potential of brick as part of an innovative exhibition project. Brick maker Ibstock is helping students at the Manchester School of Architecture to explore the full potential of brick as part of an innovative exhibition project. 

As part of the project – Innovative Assembly – fifth year students have been tasked with working with building material manufacturers and architecture practices to create full-scale building structures.

In addition to sponsoring the initiative, Ibstock is supplying students with a range of its brick products and technical expertise to help them create their own structural masterpieces, which will be displayed at an end of year exhibition.

Innovative Assembly is designed to provide a platform for budding architects to experience a real build, from project management to testing and selecting a range of building materials. The students will be incorporating Ibstock’s brick products, including a mix of facing bricks and products from its Special Shapes range, as well as other building materials, into projects within the following structural categories:

  • Light-weight structures
  • Responsive environments/structures
  • Digital construction methods
  • Recyclable structures

Andy Batterham, Design and Innovation Manager at Ibstock, said: “As part of our ongoing support of the Manchester School of Architecture, we’re committed to ensuring architects in training have access to the right products and solutions. The Innovative Assembly provides a great opportunity for us to do just that and enables students to explore the full capabilities offered by brick – which has stood the test of time as the UK’s construction material of choice and has been used time and time again to create inspiring buildings. We look forward to seeing how students use our products to shape their own innovative designs.”

Ibstock has worked in partnership with the Manchester School of Architecture, providing both financial and technical support, for more than three years.

Ulysses Sengupta, Senior Lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture, said: “The Innovative Assembly is designed to open up a dialogue between manufacturers, practices and students alike, while also providing students with the opportunity to really explore their creativity and the products which can best assist them in achieving ‘stand out’ architecture.  That’s why the support we have received from Ibstock is so invaluable for our students. We look forward to a continued partnership with the Ibstock team.”