Supreme Award Winner! NZ Commercial Projects Awards 2020

St Bede's chapel with Red Mantle brick veneers applied to exterior. Building is now Quakesafe

Congratulations to Naylor Love Canterbury – Winners of the Supreme Award at the NZ Commercial Projects Awards 2020 for their construction of the new Chapel and Performing Arts Centre at St Bede’s College, Christchurch.


Red Mantle played a large part in this new build by cladding the exterior of the Chapel with thin brick veneer, designed to match nearby heritage school buildings.

The judge’s comments were:

 This is an excellent design solution complemented by superb construction finish which makes this a worthy award recipient”.


View of under the veranda at St Bede's chapel showing beautifully finished brick slips by Red Mantle

Red Mantle worked closely with Wilkie and Bruce Architects (architect/designer) to achieve their vision. The brick slip façade on precast and in-situ concrete walls is an innovative new earthquake resilient approach to building.

View between St Bede's chapel and the Performing Arts Centre

The concrete walls of the building were blasted with coarse garnet sand to ensure a good clean bond for the brick veneer to the concrete. The veneers are 20mm thick and bonding was achieved with a specified Mapei adhesive system.

Red Mantle applying brick slips to exterior of St Bede's chapel
Red Mantle brick slip application to octagonal window on West Wall of St Bede's chapel

The whole building was pointed using an imported Mapei Lime Mortar. Expansion joints have been installed throughout and were filled with a flexible Mapei grey adhesive to match the mortar.

Red Mantle pointing brick slips at St Bede's
Red Mantle pointing detail at St Bede's

Red Mantle were recommended by Wilkie and Bruce for the St Bede's job due to previous high-quality heritage chimney work done on the Christchurch Canterbury Club.

View of the North face of St Bede's Chapel. Clad with brick slips by Red Mantle.
Interior of St Bede's chapel

One of Red Mantle’s strengths is embracing technology, but also valuing the skill and charm of old-world techniques, and it is here that we stand apart. Setting a benchmark for building, architecture, service, and design.


Combining old and new through innovation, we help preserve the beauty of NZ architecture through innovation, technology and design.

St Bede's chapel in the eveing with lights on
Photos kindly supplied by Naylor Love