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Brick Works comes to Manchester

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Following the success of our Brick Works series in London, the Brick Development Association has partnered with Manchester Student Society of Architecture (MSSA) to deliver our first regional Brick Works event in Manchester on Wednesday 24th October 2018, to present cutting-edge examples of contemporary brick architecture.

Hosted at the LEAF on Portland Street, Manchester and featured in the MSSA’s Before You’re Thirty (BY30) series, the evening will provide in-depth case studies presented by some of the most respected figures in the architectural community.


Alex Whitbread, Partner of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, will present the New Mildmay project in London. The scheme, shortlisted for an Urban Regeneration Brick Award, was fifteen years in development and has transformed a corner of Hackney with a complementary scheme of residential, social, commercial and community facilities, fully integrating the scheme in to this vibrant, characterful area.


Alex Sherratt, Partner of Matthew Lloyd Architects, will also present on the New Mildmay project, the two practices having worked together at different phases of the scheme’s design and development. Alex’s extensive experience of delivering projects with complex client structures and briefs is aptly demonstrated by the New Mildmay project.


Adam Gray, Senior Associate of OMI Architects, will present the Wilburn Basin project in Manchester. This key Salford siteon the River Irwell lies at the intersection of major City Centre rail and vehicular transport links and forms part of the Irwell City Park regeneration initiative. The scheme is laid out in four apartment blocks arranged around an attractive landscaped courtyard and restored quayside. The grouping places the historic Wilburn Basin at the heart of the development.


Mike Riley, Architect Associate of BDP, will present the Oldham Town Hall project. Appointed by Oldham Council to regenerate this Grade II listed building and bring the building back into use as a cinema, the development ensures certain architectural features and decorations are retained, conserving as much of the historic fabric as possible. The existing ballroom, council chamber, committee rooms and court rooms have been kept and transformed into cinema screens, while a new extension – a translucent glass light-box – creates a new façade on Clegg Street, adding to an active, animated street environment.

This highly informative evening offers an opportunity to network with peers, consider contemporary application and to add clay brick to your calendar of continuing professional development (CPD), all in a relaxed atmosphere.

Further details of speakers and a full itinerary will be published imminently. Places are limited so to secure your place, book your tickets today.