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2015 Brick Award winners

The Whitworth Art Gallery by MUMA wins the Brick Development Association's annual Brick Awards, followed by accolades also for Anderson Bell + Christie, Hall McKnight and Tsuruta Architects

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The Whitworth, University of Manchester by MUMA
The Whitworth, University of Manchester by MUMA

SUPREME AWARD and BEST PUBLIC & EDUCATION BUILDING

The Whitworth, University of Manchester by MUMA

The judges of the Brick Development Associations's annual Brick Awards have selected the refurbishment of The Whitworth Art Gallery at the University of Manchester by MUMA as the Supreme Award winner for 2015. The building was chosen for its 'extraordinary high standard of workmanship and detail' in its brickwork, both externally and internally. The building was praised by the judges on multiple levels: firstly for uniting academic life with public space, secondly for rationalising the original galleries and thirdly for using brick to help the building connect seamlessly with the architectural context of Manchester. Situated within a public park, the gallery was also awarded with Best Public & Education Building Award.

The judges would like to congratulate MUMA, commenting: 'The public space demonstrates a masterful grasp of proportions, design and scale. The private garden adjoining a busy street is an oasis of calm and contemplation. The proportions of the external spaces are immensely effective, and help give the building a calmness and richness. The building is unashamedly modern but because of the use of brick and scale, it fits into the architectural context of Manchester. The Whitworth refurbishment and extension has tremendous architectural quality and its use of brick as an ornamental narrative device as well as a robust skin is exceptional. The level of finesse in the brick detailing, coursing, jointing and patterning demonstrates a resurgent craft approach to building that is worthy of celebration across the whole construction industry.'

Now in its 39th year, the Brick Development Association's Brick Awards celebrate the best and most innovative use of brick in architecture over the past year. Click through our gallery to discover how brick is being celebrated by a new generation of architects.

 

Click through the slideshow below for the rest of the award winners.

  • BEST HOUSING DESIGN AWARD: Darbishire Place, Peabody, London by Níall McLaughlin Architects
    BEST HOUSING DESIGN AWARD: Darbishire Place, Peabody, London by Níall McLaughlin Architects
  • ARCHITECT’S CHOICE AWARD: The Shields Centre, Glasgow, NHS by Anderson Bell + Christie
    ARCHITECT’S CHOICE AWARD: The Shields Centre, Glasgow, NHS by Anderson Bell + Christie
  • BEST HOUSING DEVELOPMENT 1 - 5 UNITS: Church Road, Belfast by Hall McKnight
    BEST HOUSING DEVELOPMENT 1 - 5 UNITS: Church Road, Belfast by Hall McKnight
  • BEST HOUSING DESIGN AWARD: Trafalgar Place, London by de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects
    BEST HOUSING DESIGN AWARD: Trafalgar Place, London by de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects
  • BEST URBAN REGENERATION PROJECT: Laurieston Phase 1, Glasgow, New Gorbals Housing Association by Elder & Cannon
    BEST URBAN REGENERATION PROJECT: Laurieston Phase 1, Glasgow, New Gorbals Housing Association by Elder & Cannon
  • VOLUME HOUSEBUILDING AWARD: Taylor Wimpey, east London for City Mills (pictured), Praecedo and The Quarters
    VOLUME HOUSEBUILDING AWARD: Taylor Wimpey, east London for City Mills (pictured), Praecedo and The Quarters
  • BEST COMMERCIAL BUILDING: The Haven Hostel, Kerry, Ireland by Gottstein Architects
    BEST COMMERCIAL BUILDING: The Haven Hostel, Kerry, Ireland by Gottstein Architects
  • BEST PUBLIC & EDUCATION BUILDING and BEST REFURBISHMENT PROJECT: Richmond Adult Community College, London by Duggan Morris Architects
    BEST PUBLIC & EDUCATION BUILDING and BEST REFURBISHMENT PROJECT: Richmond Adult Community College, London by Duggan Morris Architects
  • BEST REFURBISHMENT PROJECT: House of Trace, London by Tsuruta Architects
    BEST REFURBISHMENT PROJECT: House of Trace, London by Tsuruta Architects
  • BEST OUTDOOR SPACE: The Belvedere Queen Elizabeth Walled Garden, East Ayreshire by Dovecot Architecture and Design
    BEST OUTDOOR SPACE: The Belvedere Queen Elizabeth Walled Garden, East Ayreshire by Dovecot Architecture and Design
  • INNOVATIVE USE OF BRICK AND CLAY PRODUCTS: City Park West, Chelmsford, Genesis Housing Association by Pollard Thomas Edwards
    INNOVATIVE USE OF BRICK AND CLAY PRODUCTS: City Park West, Chelmsford, Genesis Housing Association by Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • SPECIALIST BRICKWORK CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR: Swift Brickwork Contractors for Urbanest (pictured), Imperial College and Turnmills
    SPECIALIST BRICKWORK CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR: Swift Brickwork Contractors for Urbanest (pictured), Imperial College and Turnmills
  • CRAFTSMANSHIP AWARD: Jafar Gallery and Jafar Hall, Eton College by John Simpson Architects
    CRAFTSMANSHIP AWARD: Jafar Gallery and Jafar Hall, Eton College by John Simpson Architects
  • BDA CHAIRMAN’S AWARD: 8 Artillery Row, London by Make Architects
    BDA CHAIRMAN’S AWARD: 8 Artillery Row, London by Make Architects
  • BEST INTERNATIONAL & WORLDWIDE PROJECT: Turnmill, London by Piercy & Co
    BEST INTERNATIONAL & WORLDWIDE PROJECT: Turnmill, London by Piercy & Co

For more information please visit: www.brick.org.uk