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NORD’s Olympics substation lands top brick award

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NORD Architecture’s Kings Yard substation for the Olympic Park in east London has won the 2010 Brick Awards prize for ‘best brickwork in Britain’

The project saw off stiff competition from hundreds of other entries vying for the annual Brick Development Association ‘Supreme Award’ trophy.

Bob Allies, chairman of the judging panel and partner at Allies and Morrison, described the winning scheme as ‘remarkable’.

He said: ‘The precision and clarity of the expression persuaded the judging panel that it deserved the ‘best of the best’ award.’

The scheme’s 130,000 Ibstock’s Aldridge Himley Ebony Black bricks are a nod to the dark brick stock used on the site’s former Kings Yard industrial building.

The judges were also impressed by NORD for reducing the area of a standard substation by a third without breaking the budget. 

A spokesperson for CABE and Design for London said: ‘We congratulate the client and architects for producing a real piece of architecture out of an everyday brief.  We think this is an object lesson in how even relatively minor parts of the Olympic programme can benefit from committed design thinking.’

Prizes were awarded to schemes in a further 14 categories.


2010 Brick Awards winners


Frobisher House, Hertfordshire by Duggan Morris

Frobisher House, Hertfordshire by Duggan Morris

Best Housing Development 1 - 5 Units

Frobisher House, by Duggan Morris Architects.  Selected Dark Facings by Freshfield Lane Brickworks were used.


Best Housing Development 6 - 25 Units

Station Grove, Wembley designed by Proctor and Matthews Architects.  Westfields Construction used Wienerberger’s Staffordshire Blue Facing Bricks.


Best Housing Development 26+ Units

St Andrew’s Block A (Phase One), London by Allies and Morrison Architects.  Contractor Rapid Brickwork Ltd used bricks from Wienerberger and Ibstock. 


Volume Housebuilding

Taylor Wimpey, for three developments in Leicester, Bracknell and Milton Keynes, all using bricks made by Ibstock.


Best Public Building (and Supreme Winner)

Olympic Substation, London.  Kier Construction used Ibstock’s Aldridge Himley Ebony Black bricks.


Best Commercial Building

Office Building, r, Beds designed by TP Bennett Architects. Specialist Brickwork contractor Irvine Whitlock used Wilnecote Bespoke Blend Amersham Red and Amersham Red Multi bricks from Hanson.


Best Educational Building

Sevenoaks School Performing Arts Centre, Sevenoaks designed by Tim Ronalds Architects.  Brickwork contractor Skillbray Ltd used Gloucester Grey handmade bricks by Coleford Brick and Tile Co Ltd for the exterior and Hanson’s Capital Multi Facing bricks for the interior.


Innovative Use of Clay Products

Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Bucks designed by MAAP Architects who specified Hanson’s Red Bank Lockclad system. The brickwork contractor was MPG Facades Ltd.


Best Refurb and Regeneration Project

Queen Anne’s Summerhouse, Shuttleworth Estate near Biggleswade designed by the Whitworth Co Partnership. Simpson Brickwork Conservation Ltd used Mild Clay Rubbers and Blue Clay Rubbers bricks made by Bulmer Brick and Tile Co Ltd.


Best Craftsmanship Project

College Road, Dulwich Village, London desiged by Knox Bhavan Architects.  Contractor R Durtnell and Sons used Cotswold Buff bricks from Coleford Brick and Tile Co Ltd.


Best Outdoor Space Project

Corfield Court, St John’s College, Cambidge designed by van Heyningen and Haward Architects and Edward Hutchison Landscape Architects. Contractor Elmswell used Gloucester Grey Handmade Pavers from Coleford Brick and Tile Co Ltd.  


Specialist Brickwork Contractor

Irvine Whitlock Ltd for three projects using bricks made by Hanson, Charnwood Forest, Bulmer Brick, Ibstock, and Freshfield Lane Brickworks.


Best International Project

Rathmines Square, Dublin designed by Donnelly Turpin Architects. John Paul Construction used West Hoathley Medium Multi by Ibstock.


Worldwide Brick

A P MØller School, Germany, designed by C F MØllerArchitects. Contractor Otto Wulff Bauunternehmung GmbH & Co. KG used D70 bricks made by Petersen Tegl A/S.


2010 Brick Awards judges


Bob Allies (panel chair): Partner, Allies and Morrison
Neil Beningfield: Principal, Neil Beningfield and Associates, Chair, UK Mortar Committee
Peter Bonfield: Chief Executive, BRE
Michael Hammett: Architect, author and brickwork consultant.  Former Senior Architect at the BDA
John Roberts: Consulting engineer and former Dean of the Faculty of Technology at Kingston University
Andrew Stroud: Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers
Deborah Saunt: Partner, DSDHA
Joanna van Heyningen: Partner, van Heyningen and Haward



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