Innovative Use of Brick and Clay Products Award

To fully support entries applicants must submit a paragraph that explains specifically whar what makes the project innovative. The judges will then use this to asses the level of innovation. Any building or civil-engineering project that substantially uses brick or clay products is eligible. A pioneering structural solution, the clever use of brick to enhance the sustainability, design and construction or an innovation at manufacturing stage will all be considered.

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The Harvey Nichols project in Birmingham was designed Virgile & Partners. Portview Fit Out acted as brickwork contractor and used 18mm Dudley Blue extruded brick slips and matching Dudley Blue pistol slips manufactured by Ketley Brick.

A 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.

This year the Innovative Use of Brick and Clay Products Award is sponsored by Wienerberger.

Founded in 1819, Wienerberger is a world class provider of wall, roof and landscaping solutions with a global reach. With 204 plants in 32 countries – 14 of them in the UK – we lead the way in the new-build and renovation markets, offering more than 1,000 products encompassing the complete building envelope.