Early Return On Library Refurbishment With Corium Brick Cladding

Project Team

West Sussex County Council

Project Overview

Baggeridge’s clay brick-tile cladding system Corium has been used by West Sussex County Council to refurbish and restore a public library in West Sussex to its former glory.

West Sussex County Council’s single storey detached public library in Storrington village was originally constructed in the 1960s and later extended in the 1990s. The Scola building had a 25 course height tile hung façade on the ground floor elevation. Over the years, due to their design and configuration the tiles became loose, aided by vandals who dislodged some of the tiles completely.


Being a prominent part of the building, the Council specified Corium because it could be applied directly to the library’s existing structure in replacement of the old cladding and it was felt it would maintain and enhance the overall aesthetic appearance of the building.  Conventional brick was looked at as an alternative but it would have required additional foundations and protruded into the library’s internal space.

Corium looks like traditional brickwork, but is a brick tile that it is profiled on the inner face and clipped into a special plastic-coated galvanised steel backing section.  It is ideally suited to specifiers looking for a cladding solution that is lightweight and meets the requirements of fast track schemes – yet retains the beauty of brickwork.

Corium developed a new orange sand-faced tile, Corium Orange, to match the brickwork on other parts of the building and provide a like-for-like replacement to the old tiles. Corium Orange has now been incorporated into Corium’s range as a core product. 

Review and Comment

Commenting on the installation, David Dean, Area Surveyor for West Sussex County Council’s property services department, says, “Due to its light weight Corium does not need additional foundations so this proved to be a real cost saving benefit. More than 34m² of Corium was installed at the library within two weeks.”

The existing cladding was removed and the Corium tiles site fixed by approved Corium installer PCE Ltd. The overall contract period included a Bank Holiday and involved special procedures to ensure site security was maintained at all times.

Corium 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.

Source: Corium Cladding

            Press release August 2003

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