Top contenders for brick award revealed

Niki May Young
Thursday 28 Aug 2008

The final stage is underway in the hunt for the best brickwork in Britain and the rest of the world

Hundreds of companies have entered this year’s prestigious Brick Awards, one of Britain’s most widely respected design competitions.

A judging panel chaired by this year’s Royal Gold Medallist for architecture Edward (Ted) Cullinan have decided upon a shortlist for each of 12 categories. Among the categories, best private housing development, best commercial building, innovative use, best craftsmanship and best international project. Designs chosen represent the very best in design and construction using brick. Among those through to the final round, the stunning craftsmanship on show at London’s St Pancras station, work on the Imperial College, a school in the States, and even a private house in Moscow.

“The calibre of entries this year has been absolutely astonishing,” says Katherina Lewis of the Brick Development Association (BDA). “This award just goes to show what an outstanding building material clay brick is.”

Entrance was open to anyone, whether they are architects/designers, building owners, developers, house builders, specialist brickwork contractors or brick manufacturers. The only stipulation was that for all the awards – aside from the worldwide category – the project must feature clay brick and pavers made by BDA members.

One overall winner will be awarded the BDA Building of the Year – Supreme Award. This goes to the project judged the finest overall. Each of the 11 domestic winners is automatically entered. In all13 trophies are up for grabs, along with more than 50 prestigious certificates.

The shortlist is as follows:

Best Private Housing Development
Woodland Terrace (London N2), The Gallery (Cambridge), Tachbrook Triangle (London SW1), The Barge Arm Development (Gloucester), The Coach House (Fontmell Magma), Islington Wharf (Manchester), Stannon Street (Poundbury).

Best Public Housing Development
Broad Road (Sale), Corpus Christi Jesuit Community (Bournemouth), St James Mews (Brighton)

Volume Housebuilding Award
George Wimpey, Miller Homes, David Wilson Homes

Best Commercial Building
The Arc (Nottingham), New Music Latymer Upper School (London W6), 28-29 George Street (London W1), Hair Salon (Belfast), Cadbury Trebor Basset Dining Block (Bournville).

Best Public Building
Trinity Hall Wychfield Student Residences (Cambridge), The Bluecoat (Liverpool), New North Community School (London W1), Wedgwood Museum & Visitors Centre (Bavlaston), Student Accommodation Linacre College (Oxford), Imperial College Princes Gate Mews (London SW7).

Best Refurbishment Project
Cadbury Trebor Basset Dining Block (Bournville), Stelios Ionnou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies (Oxford), Fabric (Leicester), Middlewood Hospital (Sheffield), The Roundhouse (London NW1).

Best Landscape Project
Lakeside Terrace Barbican Centre (London EC2), Cranes Farm Road (Basildon), 18-20 Waterford Lane (Lymington).

Sustainability Award
The Barge Arm Development (Gloucester), New Head Office Fitzpatrick Contractors (Hoddesdon), Queensway Development (London SE15), Post 16 Building (Milton Keynes).

Innovative Use of Brick and Clay Products
The Wise Project (Powys), Hair Salon (Belfast), Sacriston Community College (Chester-Le-Street).

Best international Project
Iveragh Renewal Project (Killorglin, Co Kerry), Breastcheck Clinic (Cork), Office Building (Lincoln Place, Dublin), Private House (Sputnik, Moscow), Fuse (Lennox Street, Dublin), Houses in Killiney (Co Dublin).

Best Craftsmanship Award
New Houses at Hayes (Newbury), St Pancras Central ( London N1), Student Accommodation Linacre College (Oxford), Sacriston Community College (Chester-Le-Street), The Lovelace Mausoleum (East Horsley).

Worldwide Brick
Office te Kiefte (Borne, Netherlands), Loc Lakeai Opleidingen (Hardenbourg, Netherlands), Appartementen Complex deHoef (Alkmaar, Netherlands), Estafette Sport Complex (Vennep, Netherlands), Office for SAHRDC (New Delhi), John S Martinez Prek-8 School (Connecticut USA).

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