The varied uses of brick will be celebrated at the 2019 Brick Awards, which received a record number of entries this year.
Main image: Ten Oaks by Kirkland Fraser Moor
The Brick Awards showcases the best examples of clay brick in the UK’s built environment – and has been doing so for 43 years. Hosted by the Brick Development Association the event looks to celebrate a broad range of bold, unique and inspiring architectural works.
With 349 entries – the most ever – across 15 hotly-contested categories, a panel of regarded architects, planners, specialist brickwork contractors, developers and other brick experts have now shortlisted 112 entries.
Head Judge Hilary Satchwell, Director, Tibbalds, said: “Shortlisting down from almost 350 submissions was not an easy process as the judges carefully considered a range of place, design and detailed criteria within each category. In the end we managed to select those schemes that we considered from the submission material to best respond to the high standards set by the Brick Awards. The judges are really looking forward to assessing the shortlisted schemes through visits at the next stage. The range and depth of the submissions this year has remained strong.”
This year the Brick Awards has split the housing categories into: Individual, Small (25 units or less), Medium (26-100 Units) and Large (101 Units or more).
Amongst the 112 shortlisted entries is The Interlock by Bureau de Change Architects (pictured right), which has picked up three nominations in this year’s shortlist. Staffordshire Blue Clay bricks provide a distinctive and idiosyncratic facade for The Interlock, a five-storey mixed-use building in the heart of London.
Judges were impressed by the intricate detailing of the brick façade with the architects stating that; ‘The intention of the design is to challenge the idea of craftsmanship and what that is in our time.’ The Interlock façade is made of 5,000 bespoke bricks resulting in an eye-catching project and, nominations in the Innovation, Craftmanship and Small Housing Development categories.
Judges were also impressed with Ten Oaks by Kirkland Fraser Moor (main image), shortlisting the project in the Individual Housing category. The curved roof of this environmentally low-impact home in the Chilterns is a highlight of this unique property.
Among the nominees for Large Housing Development was The Old Printworks, Edinburgh, by jmarchitects, a high-quality five storey, 237-bed purpose-built student accommodation development.
The full shortlist across all 15 categories is available to view here.
The winners will be announced at the Brick Awards ceremony on the 13th November at the Royal Lancaster, London. To book please click here.