Marlborough School provides state of the art school accommodation together with a strong civic presence. The proposal hugely increases density on the site while at the same time providing much larger and brighter play areas and communal halls than before, through a clever sectional concept. 

The sectional concept for the school is extremely intelligent and very creative. The stepped terraces have been carefully landscaped and are very much used so that the school feels like a whole connected community, really alive and energetic. 

The London stock brickwork and elevational treatment of the school contrasts with the dark brick of the office building on the same site so that they do not feel part of the same language, which is appropriate given their entirely separate functions. This also helps to break down the mass of the block. The brick is finely detailed and references local precedents without being deferential.


Location: London 

Architect/Designer: Dixon Jones 

Brick: FLB Danehill Yellow by Michelmersh, Ashdown Bexhill Dark by Ibstock, Bespoke glazed bricks Reclaimed 

Brickwork Contractor: Lesterose Builders Ltd

This year the Education category is sponsored by Forterra.


Forterra is a leading UK manufacturer of a diverse range of trusted clay and concrete building products. Its clay brick range combines history and innovation with brands such as the original London Brick, Butterley, Ecostock and Cradley - products that have been used in the building of more than a quarter of the nation’s homes and some of its most iconic buildings.

Forterra operates nine brick manufacturing facilities in the UK with an annual production capacity of approximately 570 million bricks.