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Polished performance

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Architect Barnsley Hewett and Mallinson has demonstrated a striking contrast in textures and colours for the new Walsall Academy secondary school in the West Midlands.

The architect specified Polished Jade Architectural Facing Masonry blocks from Lignacite, and constructed alternate bands of smooth-faced polished block and more textured sandstone bricks.Tinted windows and silver columns set off the futuristic design.

The polished blockwork was used internally and externally on the project.Durable enough to withstand the daily rough and tumble of a high-traffic school environment, it also provides good acoustic properties in line with recent reports on the benefits of acoustics protection in a learning environment.

Lignacite's polished facing masonry is available in nine colours and has an easily visible aggregate grain and depth of colour below the brilliant surface.The polished effect is made up of natural reconstituted limestone.

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