Brick Awards


2016 Award Winners

2016 Award Winners

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Supreme Award

Winner: Newport Street Gallery

2016 supreme award winnerIn converting and extending the Victorian workshops (originally used for the production of theatre sets) the architect has developed a wonderfully subtle combination of urban street-making, placemaking for art and the crafting of contemporary additions.

There is a quiet and discreet confidence to this project, skill that might at first be overlooked, but on closer inspection becomes evident through the attention to composition, to detail and to the crafting of the beautifully sculpted brick stair voids.

It is a pleasure to encounter such restrained architectural craft: all too rare in this time of ‘look-at-me’ public architecture. This project quite rightly melds into the historic warehouse street. The private gallery is a gift to the public.

Architects’ Choice Award

Winner: The Whitty Theatre

2015 architects choice awardA high degree of thought was necessary on this project which – with the sensitivity owed to the adjoining Grade II listed building – compelled the use of a bespoke solution. The blended brick of choice not only works harmoniously with the building but performs aesthetically, offering a ‘simple appearance in a complex internal environment.

The unique requirements of a performance facility, such as acoustics, make this project an example of how to effectively integrate a material into an existing building achieving – beyond the ‘warm palette’ – sound functionality.

Voted for by architectural students to seasoned Architects, this is one award winner that exemplifies architectural finesse.

Individual Housing Development Award

Winner: Courtyard House

2016 best individual housing awardThe project architect has shown keen understanding of how to enhance a difficult space using brick, with minimal impact on neighbouring properties.

The judges commented that the property was ‘well organised, beautifully detailed and an exemplary use of brownfield land to make a new home’. The judges were impressed by the innovation on such a demanding site where the blurring distinction between the inside and outside of the property provide the owner with an extended sense of space, making the overall project a wonderful environment in which to live. The judges said that the client should be ‘proud’.

The basket weave effect of the brickwork is something to behold. The use of shaped brick creates a tactile quality that softens the appearance of the building. The blue bricks blend fantastically with the pre-existing wall on the plot. All in all a ‘well presented’ and ‘beautiful house’.

Best Small Housing Development Award

Winner: Foundry Mews

2016 best small housing developmentA carefully conceived and beautifully detailed revision of a tight site with an innovative and interesting combining of residential and commercial uses within shared courtyards.

Foundry Mews’ design concept allows the courtyard to run the whole length of the site facilitating ground floor access to the commercial units as well as a communal area for residents. The ‘delightful brickwork’ is highly commended and the ‘choice and use of materials creates a handsome development with good size and scale, which is sensitive to the historic use of the site and local vernacular.

The brick is used with faultless consistency throughout, with protruding and recessed headers used to good effect. The judges enjoyed the lively feel of the courtyard and the way the development works to create attractively light and airy spaces for residential use.

Winner: Hindmans Yard

2016 best small housing developmentThe choice of brick works to create a luminary, yet distinctly private housing development within London’s Dulwich.

The articulated brick facades are supplemented by dog-tooth detailing; a cunning reference to the traditional eave details seen on the neighbouring Victorian terraces. The judges especially enjoyed this as it ‘provides variety but maintains the simplicity and calm which pervades the project’. Wellbeing is clearly a consideration of the building, and the judges prized its seamless visual connectivity from house to garden with high ceilings to maximise the amount of daylight residents enjoy inside.

Best Large Housing Development Award

Winner: Peabody, St. John’s Hill – Phase 1

2016 best large housing developmentThis ‘stellar’ architectural project has attracted attention through its diverse building design, and the use of several types of brick.

The judges were particularly impressed by the ‘thoughtful touches to the project, and the hard work of the architects to add interest through brick and its many variations of colour and detailing’. Communal spaces are generous and the glazedbrick tunnel ‘creates a means of wayfinding for residents’.

The building has special significance as Peabody worked in partnership with local artist, Rodney Harris, who produced four brick reliefs that have been incorporated into the buildings’ facades. They are inspired by the estate’s history and include clothing from WWII, garden tools and a sink, which hark back to the communal washing facilities of the original estate. Additionally, in the maisonettes, the bricks are pushed back to form an intricate, aesthetic pattern.

One judge commented, ‘the attention to detail in this project is exceptional. The nod to the site’s heritage is wonderful in keeping the past alive through modern architecture.’

Best Large House Builder Award

Winner: Linden Homes – Greyfriars Quarter

2016 best small housing developmentTwo projects impressed the judges and helped Linden to win this coveted accolade.

The Greyfriars Quarter development in Gloucester demonstrated sensitive use of brick within the Gloucester city centre conservation area. The project blends perfectly into the surrounding area with the use of red bricks and deep precast brick-faced lintels of contrasting soldier courses. The judges were struck by ‘the arrangement of bonds and details, and the intricacy this brings to the development as a whole’.

Winner: Linden Homes – Wilshere Park Phase 1

2016 best small housing developmentBrick also plays a pivotal role in the expansive Wilshere Park development, which comprises 196 new residences. Each home takes advantage of new and existing green space within the development, designed to be sensitive to the rural setting.

Best Urban Regeneration Project

Winner: Block E West Hendon Masterplan

2016 urban regeneration awardThis project is a fantastic example of how brick can add value to an urban regeneration.

A new standard has been set for the ever-prevalent world of urban regeneration. Bringing a tired 1960s’ housing estate into the 21st century demonstrates the significant role brick plays in this field. Homes built durably and sustainably like this, will last for generations.

The brick was chosen for its visual interest and richness, laid in a stretcher bond, ‘for as far as the eye can see’, the judges commented: ‘a remarkable, harmonious composition in which true variation comes from the careful handling of solids to voids’.

The judges also commented on the standout brick piers on the tower ‘giving the building verticality’ and a distinctive pride of place.

Best Commercial Building

Winner: 51 Hills Road

2015-haven-thumbnailThe scale of the commercial building works successfully for the street frontage. The step down to smaller-scale residential buildings to the rear creates simple spaces and circulation.

There is a carefully considered relationship to surroundings: black brick and white precast concrete are a distinct addition to the street and well integrated. Additionally, the garden wall and court space act as a contemporary continuation of the neighbouring buildings and spaces.

The architecture includes a natural ventilation strategy using the stack effect and articulated brick chimneys. These factors contribute to its credentials as the ‘greenest’ office building in Cambridge, following BCO standards and achieving the BREEAM Excellent rating.

Best Public Building

Winner: Newport Street Gallery

2016 best public buildingThe whole building presents itself as a most fitting venue for housing works of art.

The new brickwork successfully complements the industrial quality of the original building, maintaining its personality and rawness, perfectly meeting the criteria for showcasing Damien Hirst’s art. ‘The choice of brick on the exterior is absolutely spot on and seamlessly links to context. A beautiful hard brick that is modern but industrial in character.

The quality of the brickwork and associated detail is exceptionally high and the judges were captivated by the ‘quietly spoken, assured confidence’ of the building. ‘This private gallery is a gift to the public.’

Best Education Building

Winner: Brentwood School Learning Resource Centre

2016 best education centreBrick was instrumental in the construction of the school’s Learning Resource Centre which as an educational environment was subject to a myriad of practical considerations.

As an extension to the existing library, the subtle relief patterning of a heritage red blend brick provides an understated aesthetic, which gives a distinct character without detracting from the overall flow between buildings.

This was articulated by one judge as ‘blending in easily while simultaneously bringing its own unique contribution’.
As well as providing an essential learning space fi t for expanding young minds, brick has also been used to refocus the school’s sense of communal centre, through the tasteful use of brick archways and a new brick arcade. The quality of execution in these examples led to the judge’s summary: ‘exemplary brickwork’.

Best Refurbishment Project

Winner: New Loom House

2015-trace-thumbnailThe architectural design quality is very high, and the level of thought and detail is extremely evident in the refurbishment of this great warehouse building.

This ‘well considered’ and ‘elegantly refurbished’ grade II listed building in Aldgate achieves its objective of maintaining the building’s originality, while introducing new ‘exquisite details and features for which modern brickwork is increasingly praised.

This building was formally used as a storage facility for wool. The design incorporates this history with woven brickwork detail, which is the standout feature’, complementing the stunning woven metalwork which forms the front gates of the building. The bricks were sourced from within the building, creating a feeling of authenticity. Minimalising the amount of demolition material and the commitment to sustainability this represents is admirable.

Best Outdoor Space

Winner: Maggie’s Centre

2015-richmond-thumbnailMaggie’s in Manchester is a recent addition to the growing number of Maggie’s Centres that have been built in Britain and abroad, which provide emotional, practical and social support to people affected by cancer. They place great value on the power of architecture to lift spirits and aid the therapeutic process.

The building has successfully created a light and airy domestic atmosphere in a garden setting into which the protected spaces blend beautifully. The transition from internal to external at the greenhouse end is practically well arranged and attractive.

The purpose-made pavers have been used to ‘create exceptional brickwork techniques’. This, with the careful consideration of detailing, combines to make a fantastic use of brick in an outdoor setting.

Innovative use of brick and clay products

Winner: Harvey Nichols

2016 innovativeA bold and dramatic feature wall has been created within a store famously conscious of its style, design and quality.

Vertically coursed standard brick slips and pistol slips have been applied to the wall to create a 3D wave pattern that has an elegance and delicacy which, was considered ‘striking and attractive’ by the judges. ‘Bold repetitive forms have been assembled with neatness and precision and lit with care to achieve the subtle effects generated within the surface.

The 18mm extruded brick slips and pistol slips represent a remarkable feat of engineering, and combine well with other materials to create a three dimensional sculpture which is both eye-catching and well considered.
For a retail interior this sculpture shows ‘true innovative spirit’ and contributes significantly to the luxury feel of the store.

Specialist Brickwork Contractor of The Year

Winner: Grangewood Brickwork Services Ltd

2016 specialist brickwork contractorGrangewood’s exceptional work on the Gagosian and Newport Street Gallery this year heralds them as leaders in their field.

The Gagosian Gallery exemplifies good facade building, and the judges applauded the way the ‘random’ bond was put to work with the irregularly sized bricks. ‘Careful attention has been paid to setting out and detailing. Movement joints are carefully lined with large glazed openings’.

Newport Street Gallery demonstrates masterful brickwork. As a refurbishment of terraced industrial buildings, the gallery now fills the length of the street. The external brick facade was restored and extended with skilful brick blending. The white brick used internally was ‘an engineering masterpiece’, installed with great skill and care by this year’s worthy winners.

Craftsmanship Award

Winner: Grangewood Brickwork Services Ltd, Newport Street Gallery

2015-jafar-thumbnailThe completed building has brought work of considerable quality to an area in need of a visual upgrade.

Working with the fabric of the existing buildings, additions have been designed with subtlety and executed with care. Clever use has been made of header and stretcher bond work at lower levels and both the interior and exterior brickwork to the three curved staircases is of high quality. The manner in which the precast stair rails have been incorporated into, and set flush with the inner walls of the stair is masterly.

The craftsmanship is of a high order and the specialist bricklayer is to be congratulated.

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