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Brick Award Winners 


2017 - Best Commerical Building - Victoria Gate Arcade, Acme Architects and Thorp Precast

Staffordshire Red Brick Slips, Staffordshire Red Special Bricks and Staffordshire Red bespoke "snap headers"

Victoria Gate Arcade in Leeds with precast panels faced withKetley Staffs red bricks and specials

The development has successfully achieved an individuality within the  context of the city centre.  The highly modelled brick clad panels are the major feature to three external elevations of the department. The intricacy of the project is impressive and the cladding very well detailed, with great attention given to the suppression of appearance of the joints that are necessarily present between panels.
The red smooth facing brick is a good choice and its hard, precise form suits the application very well. The overall appearance is intriguing and exciting.  See Case Study>>


2017 - Best Innovative Use of Brick and Clay Products -  Victoria Gate Arcade, Acme Architects and Thorp Precast

Staffordshire Red Brick Slips, Staffordshire Red Special Bricks and Staffordshire Red bespoke "snap headers"

Victoria Gate Arcade in Leeds with precast panels faced with Ketley Staffs red bricks and specials

The project featured an innovative approach to 3D mould technology, and the use of BIM throughout the entire design and manufacturing process. With a building of this scale and complexity, 3D software was used to plot and place every individual brick, of which there were approximately 360,000 in total across 550 precast panels. The exacting nature of the decorative forms has been very well constructed in a factory environment and the consistency of workmanship and appearance within and between the panels is excellent. It is accepted that such ambitious decorative brickwork would be very difficult to achieve by traditional bricklaying methods on site, particularly under the constraint of time and weather conditions expected on a building site. See Case Study>>

brick awards 2016

2016 - Best Outdoor Space  - Maggies Centre, Manchester by Foster + Partners

Staffs Blue square edged pavers, quarry tiles and purpose made specialsstaffs blue quarry tiles at Norman Fosters Maggie Centre

Maggies in Manchester is a recent addition to the growing number of Maggie's Centres that have been built in Britain and abroad, which provide emotional, practical and social support to people affected by cancer.  They place great value on the power of architecture to lift spirits and aid the therapeutic process.

The building has sucessfully created a light and airy doestic atmosphere in a garden setting into which the protected spaces blend beautifully.  The transition from internal to external at the greenhouse end is practically well arranged and attractive.

brick awards 2016The purpose-made pavers have been used to "create exceptional brickwork techniques".  This, with the careful consideration of detailing, combines to make a fantastic use of brick in an outdoor setting.  See case study >>

Best Innovative Use of Brick and Clay Products  - Harvey Nichols Virgile & PArtners

Staffs Blue pistol slips and extruded brick slipsbrick slip wall at Harvey Nichols Birmingham

A bold and dramatic feataure wall has been created within a store famously conscious of its style, design and quality.  Vertically coursed standard brick slips and pistol slips have been applied to the wall to create a 3D wave pattern that has an elegance and delicacy which, was considered "striking and attractive" by the judges.  "Bold repetitive forms have been asssembled with neatness and precision and lit with care to achieve the subtle effects generated within the surface".

The 18mm extruded brick slips and pistol slips represent a remarkable feat of engineering and combine well with other materials to create a three-dimensional sculpture which is both eye-catching and well considered.

For a retail interior this sculpture shows "true innovative spirit" and contributes to the luxury feel of the store.  See case study >>

Best Refurbishment and Renovation Project - Ace Hotel, Universal Design Studio

Staffordshire Blue solid bricks and specials and matching Staffs Blue brick slipsThe new ACE Hotel in London

The judges thought this was a very high quality refurbishment of the former Crowne Plaza Hotels in London's developing Shoreditch area.  The blue brick used has created a "uber-cool" feel which, with great craftsmanship, creates a sleek and modern look.  See case study >>

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"It has taken us a while to find a brick that looks good and can deal with exposure on all surfaces," Friedrich Ludewig, director of award winning Acme Architects who used Ketley Staffordshire red bricks for the Victoria Gate Arcade in Leeds.