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Brick Rescue


Sustainability | Energy | Heritage | Environment

The cause that drives us.

When pre-1950s buildings are demolished, Brick Rescue saves the bricks to be recycled for reuse in new projects. Recycling for reuse is called upcycling because the original product is not destroyed in the process. Brick Rescue relys on the help of motivated councils, architects, civil contractors and builders – a special breed of people who are also passionate about saving Australia’s heritage bricks and upcycling them for reuse.



Reuse uses less energy than crushing and preserves historic bricks that are part of Australian heritage. It is the sustainable and environmentally superior option.

To upcycle or to downcycle?

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When it comes to bricks, upcycling for reuse is environmentally superior to downcycling for road base.

  • Reuse uses much less energy than crushing bricks for roadfill and then manufacturing new bricks for construction.
  • Reuse preserves irreplaceable Australian heritage bricks by reusing them in new building projects where they are enjoyed by all Australians.

Who hasn’t enjoyed the vibe of heritage recycled brick at The Grounds of Alexandria, Crinitis, Pancakes on the Rocks, Sandstone Point Hotel (QLD), Sydney Olympic Park Jacaranda Square or one of our multiple Merivale Group installations that include Mr Wong, Coogee Pavillion, Papi Chulo, Ivy and more?

Browse our project galleries to see how The Brick Pit upcycles irreplaceable heritage bricks for reuse in many notable and award winning projects such as the Google headquarters in Pyrmont, Wollongong University SBRC and multiple HIA and MBA award winning residential and commercial projects.

Stop the waste!

Brick Rescue needs local government councils to specify in DAs that pre-1950s bricks must be reused and not crushed as demolition waste.

Brick Rescue needs you

Brick Rescue needs you to be our eyes and ears. Anytime you see a brick building with fencing around it that is soon to be demolished, send us a Demo Alert with the location, and Brick Rescue will endeavour to rescue the bricks.