Corium Brick Cladding System – Back To School At College Campus

Project Team

  Shropshire County Council
  Walford & North Shropshire College
  Read Construction Ltd
  Irvine Whitlock Ltd

Project Overview

A children’s nursery on the campus of Walford & North Shropshire College in Oswestry has been completed, using Corium, Baggeridge’s clay brick-tile cladding system, as the principal cladding material for the exterior façade. The £600,000 Centre was part funded by the Government’s Sure Start Programme to provide facilities for children from three months to five years of age. Built by Read Construction Ltd, it ensures there is a first class nursery in this busy North Shropshire market town as part of the County Council’s Early Years Initiative.


Shropshire County Council specified Corium because it offered a fast track solution to the construction process.
More than 250m² of Corium Smooth Red tiles were fixed on site to the constructed timber frame by Corium Approved Installer, Irvine Whitlock Ltd. Corium specials installed to complement the Corium tiles included purpose designed corners and reveals.

Mechanically clipped into galvanised steel backing sections which are fixed to the elevation first, Corium’s approach ensures fast track construction. Its design allows elevations to be completed faster, enabling earlier enclosure and giving greater certainty to the build programme. Analysis has shown that designing with Corium can help cut cladding build programmes by around a third and that Corium is up to three times faster to install than traditional brickwork on site.

Corium was developed by Baggeridge in conjunction with Corus plc and Terrapin International Ltd, and combines the aesthetics of traditional natural clay brickwork with the construction benefits of fast track cladding systems.   

Review and Comment

The installation of Corium was a smooth process, we are impressed with the product and the way it was installed on this project. The Council as the specifier, and the end user of the opened nursery, are both highly satisfied with the finished quality of the building and Read Construction and Baggeridge’s part in producing it.” (Graham Jackson, from Shropshire County Council’s architectural services department)

Source: Corium Cladding

          Press release August 2003

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