Now in its 39th year, The Brick Awards celebrates design in the UK. The awards are open to architects, house builders, brick contractors, brick manufacturers, owners and developers, each celebrating design innovation using brick.
During the ceremony at the Hilton in London on 18 November, the winners of the awards were revealed. Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery was a clear winner of the Supreme Award being hailed for its architectural quality both in its internal and external spatial arrangements, attention to detail and workmanship. The proportions of the external spaces are immensely effective and give a calmness and richness. The relationship to its surroundings is clear in the historic Whitworth building and its landscape setting, park and new courtyards. This building has tremendous architectural quality and its use of brick as an ornamental narrative device as well as a robust skin is exceptional.
Simon Hay, CEO for the Brick Development Association, said: "The Brick Awards is one of Britain's most respected design competitions. With the construction industry in a phase of growth and optimism, we are delighted to have received so many excellent entries demonstrating just what brick can achieve within the Built Environment."
As well as the Supreme Award, there were 14 category awards. Michelmersh Brick Holdings PLC did particularly well picking up four awards: Best Refurbishment Project, Best Public & Education Building, Best Urban Regeneration Project and the BDA Chairman’s Award.
Commenting on the company's awards success, Frank Hanna, Group Commercial Director of MBH, said: "We are extremely proud to receive such recognition across a wide range of technical, craft and building categories. These recognised awards are testament to our workforce's commitment to maintaining our high standards of products, customer service and unrivalled attention to detail. All these attributes combine to make our bespoke products the choice materials of acclaimed and renowned architects across the UK.”
Find out more about the Brick Awards here.