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Eton College Aquatic Centre

Winner 2023 RIBA SW Award

Commended 2023 Brick Awards

Shortlisted 2023 AJ Awards

Architect - Hopkins Architect

Contractors - Graham Construction

Tile Contractors – Ceramics Architectural

Products - Ketley Staffordshire red rectangular quarry tiles

This brand new facility at Eton College, built on the site of an old outdoor pool, provides a 25m indoor pool, a 4 court multi-purpose sports hall plus spectator/changing and administrative facilities.

Ketley Staffs red quarry tiles at the new Aquatic Centre at Eton College

Designed by Hopkins Architects, it was conceived as a brick building from the start, continuing the College’s tradition of finely crafted brick buildings.  Durability, thermal performance, sustainability and maintenance were all important factors in the selection of materials and bricks from a number of British brick manufacturers were specified.  ‘Hampshire Red’ and ‘Farnham’ from Charnwood, Michelmersh, ‘Mixed Red Olde English’ clay pavers from Coleford Brick were used externally and internally Northcots Regency Orange were used.  Ketley Staffordshire red 215mm x 102.5mm clay quarry tiles were laid in herringbone panels, framed with stack bonded borders on the internal floors, providing interest and detail whilst also connecting the interior of the building to its brick exterior and the landscaped gardens.

Ketley red quarry tiles at the new Aquatic Centre at Eton College

Ketley Staffordshire clay quarry tiles have the highest rating for slip resistance according to BS EN 14411.  They are classified as R11 which indicates that they are not considered slippery in wet or greasy conditions which made them an excellent choice for this Aquatic Centre.