Michelmersh Brick Holdings Plc, the specialist brick manufacturer and landfill company, is delighted to announce that it collected four of the fifteen accolades at this year’s Brick Awards, held last night at The Hilton, Park Lane in London. The Company won ‘Best Refurbishment Project’, ‘Best Public & Education Building’, ‘Best Urban Regeneration Project’ and the ‘BDA Chairman’s Award’. Now in its 39th year, and hosted by the Brick Development Association (“BDA”), the Brick Awards celebrate excellence in design and construction using brick.
Richmond Adult Community College is a center of excellence for adults learning, training and personal development. With a more accessible and effective, sustainable teaching environment it was clear that Duggan Morris Architects’ design was going to headline the evening. With a combination of new build and refurbishment components integrated into the competition winning scheme, the College collected the titles of ‘Best Refurbishment Project’ and the ‘Best Public & Education Building’. The new buildings are designed to complement and differentiate themselves from the Edwardian facade, wrapped in a softly textured brick skin of Charnwood Handmade Horsham Red and Freshfield Lane Machine Made First Quality bricks.
De Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects’ design for the redevelopment of the Heygate Estate (Trafalgar Place), commissioned by Southwark Council and managed by Lend Lease, aims to restore Elephant and Castle to its former glory as a thriving, desirable place to live and visit. Winner of Best Housing Design Award, Trafalgar Place uses a rich combination of Freshfield Lane Machine Made Danehill Yellow, Selected Light, First Quality and Anthracite bricks built proficiently by Lee Marley Brickwork Ltd.
Eight Artillery Row was presented with the BDA Chairman’s Award, bestowed upon private or public sector new-build accommodation considered to have particular sustainable and social qualities, whilst retaining a relationship to its environment. Make’s design proposed the refurbishment and extension of an existing office building into private residential accommodation, plus ground floor retail space. Details and materials include a Charnwood bespoke brick blend, introduced to draw from the fine examples of historic buildings within the nearby Westminster Cathedral Conservation Area.
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.”