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2023 Brick Award Winners Announced!

23 Brick Award Winners

The Brick Development Association is pleased to announce this year’s winners of the annual Brick Awards.


Winning Project: Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Brick Manufacturer: Northcot Brick

Brick Name: Brickfield Orange, Weathered and Stratford Mellow Weathered

Architect: Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios

Brickwork Contractor: Croft Building and Conservation Ltd

Putting this 225-year-old Grade 1 listed building ‘back to work' after 30 years of dereliction required comprehensive repair, retrofitting and bold insertions to safeguard the next 100 years. The pyramidal Malt Kiln is re-purposed as a dramatic new entrance and vertical circulation providing level access to upper floors. The decision not to heat this circulation space is emblematic of a project striving towards a circular economy.

Daylighting and overheating analysis determined the need to re-open 110 former windows and the specification for solar glazing and free area for natural ventilation. Exposing masonry jack arches and installing ventilators over new internal glazed partitions creates a comfortable working environment whilst retaining the open historic character.

The project team repaired, reused and retrofitted driven by long life loose fit design principles. The fixed budget and high aspirations for sustainability and design quality called for collaboration across the team to achieve this exemplar of adaptive re-use.

Judges’ comments: The creation and application of new brickwork into this existing building is a highly executed example of craftmanship. The heritage skills programme and light touch conservation approach as a mechanism to repair and convert this internationally important building is an accomplishment.”


Winning Project: Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings (see above)


Winning Project: Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings (see above)

Commended: Kensington Palace Orangery


Winning Project: Yoko Ono Lennon Centre

Location: Liverpool

Brick Manufacturer: Forterra PLC

Brick Name: Farmstead Antique

Architect: Ellis Williams Architects

Brickwork Contractor: McCrory Brickwork Ltd

The Yoko Ono Lennon Centre is a unique teaching and performance building at the University of Liverpool. It has been designed by Liverpool School of Architecture graduates based at UK architecture practice Ellis Williams.

The new facility includes The Tung Auditorium – a world class music performance space – together with two large lecture theatres, seminar rooms, café space, a public facing linear park and a new outdoor space for the University. With a floor area totalling around 6,500 sq meters the building was planned around a careful understanding of the site and an innovative response to a challenging brief (and budget).

The lecture theatres were arranged vertically, which allowed for a much smaller building footprint – freeing up the site to deliver a linear public park alongside the main arterial route adjacent to the south elevation (Grove St). This also allowed for large volume and height of Tung Auditorium to be placed adjacent to the teaching spaces, separated by the main atrium circulation space.

The Judges’ comments: “A bold design choice to stack theatres and acoustically separate them, to give back external spaces to the surroundings. A very impressive building on all levels.”


Winning Project: Kensington Palace Orangery

Location: Kensington, London

Brick Manufacturer: Bulmer Brick & Tile Co Ltd

Brick Name: Mulberry Stock, Red Rubber

Architect: Purcell Architects

Contractor: Swift Brickwork Contractors Ltd

Kensington Palace Orangery, located next to Kensington Palace in Kensington Gardens, was built in 1704-05 for Mary's younger sister, Anne, who became Queen when William died. Anne used Kensington for entertaining and she held parties in the Orangery.

The building had under-floor heating and in winter it was used as a conservatory for delicate plants.

The original architect of The Orangery is thought to have been Nicholas Hawksmoor, the clerk of works on Kensington Palace and the designer of six new churches in east London.

In 2019, plans were submitted to build the education centre at the palace, where a two-floor extension to the Orangery will allow enough space for a lunch and afternoon tea restaurant, catering facilities and an outdoor terrace.

Judges' comments: “A fantastic demonstration of traditional methods of hand brick carving and colour matching with the original Orangery façade. Tremendous craftmanship unanimously voted for by the UK leading Brick Work Contractors.”


Winning Project: Red House

Location: Twyford, Dorset

Brick Manufacturer: Ibstock Brick Ltd

Brick Name: Laybrook Imperial Red

Architect: David Cohn Architects

Brickwork Contractor: Ken Biggs Contracts/4R Building Limited

The Red House, a contemporary new home in rural Dorset, designed by David Kohn Architects, was named RIBA House of the Year in 2022. The jury observed how “the house’s playful eccentricity, including oversized eaves, patterned red brickwork, and contrasting bold green details, jumps out - but this is consistently underpinned by outstanding craftsmanship and attention to detail.”

In naming the Red House, David Kohn Architects sought to unashamedly tie the house to a story about English domestic architecture that stretches back to Hermann Muthesius’ 1904 book ‘Das englische Haus’ and beyond. Muthesius called architect Philip Webb’s 1860 brick masterpiece, Red House, ‘the very first example in the history of the modern house.’ It was both pre-occupied with vernacular traditions of house-building while also unifying the plan and use of the house through ‘material, colour and mass’. The abundant use of red brick was quite shocking in the Victorian period.

Judges’ comments: “A delightful and unexpected take on Philip Webb's Red House of 1860 that abounds with fun and unexpected details. Wherever you turn you are met with a joyful and unique view but the house is also immensely practical and robustly detailed.”

Commended : Manber Jeffries House, Willesden Green, London.


Winning Project: Becontree Estate

Location: Dagenham, Essex

Brick Manufacturer: Michelmersh Brick Holdings PLC

Brick Name: First Quality Multi

Architect: Archio

Brickwork Contractor: Daniel & Co Brickwork Ltd

Archio has completed a new type of villa within the Becontree Estate, as part of a major house-building programme in the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. Commissioned by Be First – the borough’s wholly-owned regeneration company – the design is the product of deep research into the characteristics of the estate, delivering a ‘gentle density’ of 19 residences, and a community space, across two buildings.

The initial brief was to provide the maximum number of affordable homes on the site of a disused community building. The brief developed in response to stakeholder and community engagement, for example, a ground floor community space was added. It emerged that one of the Ward Councillors wanted the site to be used as a park rather than housing, and so we suggested that School Way, an adjacent pedestrian cut-through, be re-landscaped into a play street as part of the development. Becontree was begun in the 1920s under the ‘Homes Fit for Heroes’ pledge. It remains the largest public housing scheme in the world, and a great source of local pride.

Judges’ comments: “Designed with such affection, taking every opportunity to add joy to everyday life on Becontree Avenue. This scheme and the quality of the brickwork is a thoughtfully conceived response to the site that restores pride in the local house building traditions of Becontree.”

Commended: Alben Works, Birmingham.


Winning Project: The Tannery

Location: Holt, Wiltshire

Brick Manufacturer: Forterra PLC

Brick Name: Bamford Blend

Architect: Mitchell Eley Gould Architects

Brickwork Contractor: Stonewood Partnerships.

Bamford Blend, a red clay brick produced exclusively for Taylor Maxwell by Forterra, was selected as the primary building material for 43 new homes, constructed as part of the redevelopment of the Tannery, a derelict industrial area where leather goods were once produced, on the northern boundary of the village of Holt in Wiltshire. The Tannery’s buildings are a patchwork of materials, including stone, ashlar and rubble as well as red brick and slatted timber. The village, too, features a range of architectural styles and building materials, predominantly ashlar, rubble stone and red brick.

Judges’ comments: “A really thought-provoking development that is so successful with the homeowners and why not. Everything about this scheme exudes intelligence and links to the brief.”


Winning Project: Kindred House

Location: Croydon, London

Brick Manufacturer: Wienerberger Ltd

Brick Name: Zircon

Architect: Pitman Tozer Architects

Brickwork Contractor: EBK Building Services

Kindred House Croydon is a 25-storey mixed-use development on the site of a former carpark next to a flyover in central Croydon. The development provides 128 apartments, 60 of which are Affordable, as well as 10,000sqft of offices, retail space and new public space. The building is clad in more than half a million Zircon bricks, all hand laid from a scaffold. Its massing is a stepped form that helps to break up the mass of the building and create a composition of adjoining slender proportions. The distinctive silhouette of the building marks a gateway into the south of Croydon's Old Town.

Judges’ comments: “The bold choice to hand-lay bricks off scaffold to deliver a high quality finish and control to what is highly articulated and deep façade.”

Commended: The Chocolate Works, York.


Winning Project: Queen’s Quay

Location: Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire

Brick Manufacturer: Michelmersh Brick Holdings PLC and Ibstock Brick Ltd

Brick Name: Porcelain White Smooth and Bradgate Light Buff

Architect: MAST Architects

Brickwork Contractor: CCG (Scotland) Ltd

Queens Quay is the first residential phase of an ambitious programme to revitalise long-standing derelict land in Clydebank. The site was formerly occupied by the John Brown’s shipyard, an important piece of Scotland’s industrial heritage where some of Clydeside’s most famous ships were built including the Queen Mary and QE2. This initial phase occupies two neighbouring sites along the northern boundary facing Glasgow Road, a primary route between Clydebank and Glasgow. The development’s prominent location and its wider role as a precedent for future phases called for a high quality architectural and urban design response, creating a gateway to the masterplan site and a placemaking exemplar which encapsulates overarching quality aspirations. 146 new homes and four commercial units are provided on behalf of West Dunbartonshire Council, Clydebank Housing Association and the Wheatley Group.

Judges’ comments: “A very impressive building with crisp lines of functional brickwork that is well designed and executed by providing much needed social housing in a challenging area of Glasgow.”


Winner: Taylor Wimpey

Development 1: Ockley Park

Location: Hassocks, West Sussex

Brick Manufacturer: Ibstock Brick Ltd

Architect: Taylor Wimpey

Development 2: Tudor Park

Location: Sawbridgeworth, Herts

Brick Manufacturer: Ibstock Brick Ltd

Architect: Taylor Wimpey/BM3.

Taylor Wimpey are one of the UK’s leading residential developers, operating across five divisions and at a local level from 22 regional businesses across the UK. they also have operations in Spain. They have a clear purpose to build great homes and create thriving communities. As a responsible developer, we are committed to working with local people and making a positive contribution to the communities in which we operate. We are committed to operating responsibly and delivering value for all our stakeholders.

Judges’ comments: “Excellent performance in 2022 against a changing market backdrop alongside a

continued commitment to act on climate change and develop their net zero target to achieve net zero emissions by 2045, ahead of the UK’s 2050 target.”


Winning Project: Globe Point

Location: Leeds

Brick Manufacturer: Michelmersh Brick Holdings PLC

Brick Name: First Quality Multi

Architect: Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios

Brickwork Contractor: Thorpe Precast

Globe Point is a six-story office building located in Leeds and was designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios The building is situated in a prominent location, with easy access to the nearby city centre and railway station.

Globe Point is an impressive example of sustainable architecture, with its handmade brickwork, energy-efficient features, and community-focused design. The building is not only aesthetically pleasing but also environmentally responsible, serving as a model for sustainable construction practices. Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has demonstrated that it is possible to create a beautiful, functional building that is also sustainable and respectful of the local community and environment.

Globe Point makes exemplary use of its brickwork. The building's facade is constructed with Freshfield Lane's First Quality Multi bricks, which were chosen for their warm, earthy feel and timelessly authentic stock sand faced texture, as well as their sustainability. The bricks were made using traditional methods, with clay sourced from the Michelmersh factory in Somerset. The bricks were also chosen for their thermal properties, which help to regulate the building's temperature and reduce energy consumption.

Judges' comments: “A contemporary and contextual design which fits sensitively within the local historical context, drawing heavily on the vernacular whilst embracing modern construction methods. Globe Point is a beautiful brick crafted building; the high-quality detailing of the brickwork, the contrasting aluminium profiled crown and the curved glazing combine to create a modest well-proportioned and confident landmark building.”

Commended: Featherstone Building, London

Category: PUBLIC

Winning Project: Black Country Living Museum

Location: Dudley, Worcestershire

Brick Manufacturer: Michelmersh Brick Holdings Plc

Brick Name: Freshfield Lane

Architect: Napier Clarke Architects

Brickwork Contractor: Balfour Beatty

“When we write the story, of this – the single largest development in the Museum’s history, we will recognise that 12 June 2017 was decisive. It was the date we met Napier Clarke Architects and the design team which had been thoughtfully assembled to skilfully respond with the right balance of originality, workability and visual impact to our brief for a new Visitor Centre, car park, pedestrian routes and landscaping. The £7.36m project would be a new gateway to a £30m expansion of the Museum. As the client, I have felt involved, in control and supported; a lockstep approach which has seen Napier Clarke’s vision realised, as well as our needs sated. No mean feat, in surely the most uncertain times for a client-architect relationship.” - Andrew Lovett OBE Chief Executive & Client

Judges’ comments: “This project serves as a prime illustration of the utilisation of clay bricks within the constructed surroundings.”

Commended: Springfields Hospital, London.


Winning Project: White House School

Location: Clapham, London

Brick Manufacturer: Ibstock Brick Ltd

Brick Name: Burgundy & White Glazed Brick

Architect: vPPR Architects

Brickwork Contractor: KD Brickwork (UK) Ltd

PPR Architects has completed a new early-years education building for the White House Preparatory School and Woodentops Kindergarten in Lambeth, South London. Located within a highly constrained site beside a Grade II Listed school building, it features a double-pitch roof and duo-tone brick design that responds to the surrounding context. This two-and-a-half storey building includes an entrance area, hall, balcony, servery, office, four classrooms and associated sanitary provisions. The ground floor is clad in red brick and accommodates the large multi-purpose double-height hall that opens up to a wellness garden at the rear. Classrooms for focused, quiet learning are positioned on the upper level, clad in white glazed brick.

Judges comments: “A very neatly designed building that serves to enhance its older (and varied) neighbours and in what is a wide street of mixed styles. It is cleverly planned internally and externally.”

Commended: Eton Sports and Aquatics Centre.


Winning Project: St Mary’s Convent

Location: Wantage, Oxfordshire

Brick Manufacturer: Wienerberger Limited

Brick Name: Marziale

Architect: Hall McKnight

Brickwork Contractor: Hugh J O'Boyle Ltd

The convent was an under-used building with significant degrees of vacant, unused space. As a result of various adjustments and additions over the years, the buildings had become difficult to understand in terms of hierarchy, legibility of entrance and arrival. The project brief called for a new entrance space that would allow areas of the convent to be brought back into use in order to accommodate a wide range of functions – from the day-to-day use by the Sisters through to new conference spaces and new office space for the Oxfordshire Diocese Schools Trust. The project also includes accommodation for guests, either on religious retreat or in attendance at conferences.

Judges’ comments: “This scheme has a magical quality, taking what was an underused building and creating a crafted with enormous sensitivity and care, and the project sits gracefully within the existing sandstone context.”

Commended: Leighton House, London


Winning Project: A Brick Tribute To Her Magesty Queen Elizabth II

Location: The Brickworks Museum, Swanwick, Southampton

Brick Manufacturer: Ketley Brick Company Ltd

Brick Name: Staffordshire red "Brixel" brick slips and Staffordshire red plain brick slips

Architect: Richard Dyer

Brickwork Contractor: Ketley Brick Company Ltd

Constructed to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, this unique representation of HM Queen Elizabeth II made entirely in brick relief is an innovative and lasting tribute. It demonstrates a new way of creating complex patterns, designs, images or logos in brickwork relief without the need for costly bespoke bricks and it is currently on display at The Brickworks Museum in Southampton. The royal silhouette is the first textured brickwork design of its kind and scale to be developed using pioneering ‘Brixel’ technology. The result is a unique work of detail and complexity, made up of 676 Ketley Staffordshire red machine- extruded engineering bricks, including 5 distinct pyramidal-shaped Brixel elements.

Judges’ comments: “It’s a wonderful and innovative use of bricks that highlights how clay bricks can add dimension to any façade. The bricks were crisp, clean, and solid with little or no blemish, enabling the light to run over the relief giving the appearance of a slowly moving face. A truly fitting piece of work blending tradition with innovation which was something the late Queen excelled at during her very long reign.”


Winner: Lyons & Annoot

Development 1: 56 Shepherds Bush Green

Location: London

Brick Manufacturer: Ibstock Brick Limited

Architect: Flanagan Lawrence

Development 2: London

Location: London

Brick Manufacturer: Non-UK

Architect: Gort Scott

Lyons & Annoot are one of the longest established and continuosly trading masonry contractors. Operating since 1972 as a partnership and 1986 as a limited company. Winning its first Brick Award in 1992, the firm's longevity speaks volumes, The business has maintained its principles during this time of building in partnership and to the highest standards and offering as much of its services as possible in-house by our long-established team.

Judges’ comments: “The submission from Lyons & Annoot was exemplary. It covered the whole range of management concerns in detail and presented a business that took exceptional care of its staff and was rewarded with loyalty and performance.”



Project Country: Limerick, Ireland

Brickwork Manufacturer: Michelmersh Brick Holdings PLC

Architect: Niall McLoughlin Architects

The International Rugby Experience is a new cultural institution and visitor experience to honour the worldwide game of rugby. Located in the heart of Limerick, this ambitious project seeks to reinvigorate the city centre, complement the existing local arts and heritage attractions and forge links with Munster rugby.

Set amongst the terraces of Limerick’s Georgian Quarter, the design approach was to consider this as a new civic building. Architectural proposals were developed through research into historic public buildings in Georgian streetscapes, referencing churches and town halls. The 7-storey building provides an interactive visitor experience, ground floor retail area and first floor café adjacent to a double-height entrance hall, and flexible exhibition, education and event space in the basement. It is crowned with a public hall at the top that offers panoramic views and acts as a beacon, visible from afar.

Judges’ comments: “The museum celebrates the game of rugby through Brick. The combination of three types of handmade clay bricks was used to achieve a façade that both compliments and reinvigorates the historical Limerick city centre”

Commended: Dingshu Vocational School of Pottery, China.