Aliva UK wins third prestigious award for bespoke terracotta project

The third time’s a charm for our stunning bespoke terracotta project in Brighton.

Already double award-winning, the customised terracotta facade at Brighton University’s School of Business and Law has been recognised with a third prestigious award.

The signature facade on Elm House took the winners’ crown in the Business Awards UK’s Construction and Engineering Awards 2024 in the Innovation in Construction Materials category.

The facade takes its architectural inspiration from murmurations of starlings that take flight over Brighton’s iconic Pier.

Six different types of white, handmade, geometric glazed tiles in matt, gloss and semi-gloss finishes were used to create the stunning aesthetic.

And as it is made of 100% clay, the terracotta cladding was a super sustainable choice.

We worked with architect Hassell to create the aesthetic. The client’s ambition was to create a striking, clean and natural facade to ensure the building took centre stage in the University’s new Moulsecoomb Campus.

From a functional perspective, the facade solution needed to be economical, easy to install, durable, low maintenance and weather resistant.

Our design solution involved a custom ceramic veil frame which wraps around the new building from level two upwards. The frame supports 3,120m2 of white 3D tiles. A total of 50,000 geometric glazed clay tiles have been installed to deliver an organic, sustainable and cost-efficient solution.

Elm House has already received international recognition in the FX Design Awards and the Facade Awards UK.

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