Brick Awards 2017: the winners revealed

The annual Brick Awards celebrated its 41st year on the evening of Thursday 9th November at the Hilton, Park Lane, London. 600 guests were welcomed by champagne reception before enjoying a 5* 3-course meal in preparation for the evening’s celebrations and entertainment, the heart of which was the announcement of 16 category winners of this coveted industry award.

The title of Supreme Winner at this year’s Brick Awards was awarded to Maccreanor Lavington’s, South Gardens which also picked up the title of best Large Housing Development. Judges were almost unanimous in their decision to crown South Gardens as this year’s Supreme Winner praising the project for the way brick was used to make each block of the development unique. Brick not only allowed the opportunity for creating a wide range of expressive detailing but also reinforced the sense of certainty and comfort synonymous with brick-built homes. The project is the first phase of Elephant Park, a major regeneration project in Elephant and Castle that sees the demolition of the former Heygate Estate. The development’s specification of UK-manufactured bricks from three of the country’s leading manufacturers, Ibstock, Michelmersh and Wienerberger, is testament to Britain’s manufacturing quality.

The task of shortlisting the entrants fell to a panel of experienced architects, planners, brickwork contractors and industry experts, who produced a final shortlist of 84 projects. The winning projects showcase the potential of brick in modern architecture and design, displaying a variety of use and vision.

‘The winning schemes in this year’s 2017 Brick Awards continue to illustrate the versatility of brick as a material for shaping our towns and cities. They also demonstrate increasing innovation and experimentation; essential in breaking new ground and tackling issues of affordability and environmental sustainability’ Joe Morris Duggan Morris Architects and Brick Awards 2017 Head Judge.

Among the winning projects was, Victoria Gate Arcade, collecting the prize for Best Commercial Building. The latest of Leeds’ landmarks is a project of such scale and complexity that 3D software was used to plot and place every individual brick. There were approximately 360,000 used in total across 550 precast panels, which include Ketley’s bespoke bricks and specials in a blend of light and dark, as well as brick slips. The project is a fine example of the way in which precast technologies can complement the specification and application of established building products. The innovative design of pleated brickwork sits harmoniously with the richly textured historic brick of the surrounding architecture.

From commercial to regenerative, this year’s finalists blew away the judges with Dujardin Mews and Time Keepers Square being named joint winners in the Urban Regeneration Project category. Both projects see the renewal of areas in need, with Time Keepers Square sensitively keeping Salford up to date and Dujardin Mews being the first council housing scheme in Enfield for 40 years. Both use brick to blend in with the surrounding environment and managing to pay homage to the history of their settings.

The Brick Awards also boasts the Architects’ Choice category, which is a peer voted for category. This year saw a record number of entrants with Russell Jones Architects’, Mews House claiming the top spot among all shortlisted projects. Using Wienerberger bricks, the project was designed with an economy of space, which required close attention to the balance between spatial means and design potential. The quality of the brickwork is complemented through the use of a carefully selected mortar, using white cement, lime and washed river sand, and a subtle manipulation of the surface texture using a method known in Scandinavia as ‘Sækkeskuring’. With a material palette and a design kept intentionally monochrome and uncomplicated, this compact two bedroom mews house now boasts a simple, striking finish.

In its 41st year the 2017 Brick Awards saw the largest volume of entries to date with 325 projects entered across 14 categories. With more outstanding entries than ever, the Brick Awards showcases the very best projects using UK member-manufactured bricks. With the quality of projects to this prestigious event always being of the highest calibre, this year was no exception.

Although all worthy winners the real success of the 2017 Brick Awards was the strength of the shortlist, proving that time and again brick evidences its role as the number one choice in design and build. This year saw more innovative approaches to the material and even more stunning results, not only championing the familiarity of brick but also the opportunity to use it in unique, forward thinking ways.

Winners in full

Individual Housing Development

Modern Detached – St Albans – JOINT WINNER
Location: St Albans
Architect: Coffey Architects
Brick Manufacturer: WH Collier
Brickwork Contractor: Conamar

Pennycroft – High Wycombe – JOINT WINNER
Location: High Wycombe
Architect: Napier Clarke Architects
Brick Manufacturer: Bovingdon
Brickwork Contractor: CNR Carpentry and Brickwork

Small Housing Development

Barrett’s Grove – London – WINNER
Location: London
Architect: Amin Taha Architects
Brick Manufacturer: Ibstock
Brickwork Contractor: ECORE

Salesian House – London – COMMENDATION

Large Housing Development

South Gardens – London – WINNER
South Gardens
Location: London
Architect: Maccreanor Lavington
Brick Manufacturer: Michelmersh, Ibstock & Wienerberger
Brickwork Contractor: Lee Marley Brickwork Ltd

Aldgate Place – London – COMMENDATION

Large House Builder

Barratt London – London – WINNER
Location: London
Architect: Maccreanor Lavington
Brick Manufacturer: Ibstock (Blackfriars) and Wienerberger (Waterside Park)
Brickwork Contractor: Eastlon Brickwork

Urban Regeneration Project

Dujardin Mews – Enfield – JOINT WINNER
Location: Enfield
Architects: Karakusevic Carson Architects, Maccreanor Lavington
Brick Manufacturer: Michelmersh
Brickwork Contractor: City Brickwork

Timekeepers Square – Manchester – JOINT WINNER
Location: Manchester
Architects: Buttress
Brick Manufacturer: Wienerberger
Brickwork Contractor: John Turner Construction

Vitoria Gate Arcade – LEEDS – COMMENDATION

Commercial Building

Vitoria Gate Arcade – LEEDS – WINNER
Location: Leeds
Architects: Acme Architects
Brick Manufacturer: Ketley
Brickwork Contractor: Thorp Precast Ltd

M&S Foodhall – Northallerton – COMMENDATION

Best Public Building

Storyhouse, Chester – Chester – WINNER
Location: Chester
Architects: Bennetts Associates
Brick Manufacturer: Furness
Brickwork Contractor: PLF LTD

West Croydon Bus Station – Croydon – COMMENDATION

Best Education Building

Sheffield Hallam University – Sheffield – WINNER
Location: Sheffield
Architects: Bond Bryan Architects
Brick Manufacturer: Forterra
Brickwork Contractor: Limetree Building Ltd

Abingdon School – COMMENDATION

Best Refurbishment Project

Queens University – Belfast – WINNER
Location: Belfast
Architects: TODD Architects Ltd
Brick Manufacturer: Wienerberger
Brickwork Contractor: Felix O’Hare

Brighton Collage – COMMENDATION

Outdoor Space

West Croydon Bus Station – Croydon – WINNER
Location: Croydon
Architects: Bus Infrastructure, London Bus Service
Brick Manufacturer: Ibstock
Brickwork Contractor: AVV Solutions

Innovative Use of Brick and Clay Products

Vitoria Gate Arcade – LEEDS – WINNER
Location: Leeds
Architects: Acme Architects
Brick Manufacturer: Ketley
Brickwork Contractor: Thorp Precast Ltd

Barrett’s Grove – London – COMMENDATION


Lady Margaret Hall – Oxford – WINNER
Location: Oxford
Architects: John Simpson Architects
Brick Manufacturer: Ibstock
Brickwork contactor: Lee Marley Brickwork Ltd

Specialist Brickwork Contractor

Lee Marley Brickwork Ltd (South Gardens and Lady Margaret Hall) – WINNER


The Old Church of Vilanova da la Barca – Spain – WINNER
Location: Spain
Architects: AleaOlea Architecture and Landscape
Brickwork Contractor: UTE Construccions Jaen Vallés – Urcotex Inmobiliaria

Cartwright Gardens – London – HIGHLY COMMENDED

Campus Hall, University of Southern Denmark – Denmark – COMMENDATION

Supreme Winner

South Gardens – London – WINNER
Location: London
Architect: Maccreanor Lavington
Brick Manufacturer: Michelmersh, Ibstock & Wienerberger
Brickwork Contractor: Lee Marley Brickwork Ltd

Architects’ Choice

Mews House – London – WINNER
Location: London
Architects: Russell Jones Architects
Brick Manufacturer: Wienerberger
Brickwork Contractor: DF Keane Builders & Contractors