Brick in the frame

Newport Street Gallery, London receives high praise for its bespoke brickwork

In asscociation with
Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall, London designed by Caruso St John with brickwork by Northcot.
Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall, London designed by Caruso St John with brickwork by Northcot. Credit: Helene Binet

Winner of the prestigious 2016 Stirling Prize, a RIBA National Award and also the ‘Supreme Winner’ of the BDA Brick Awards the Newport Street Gallery has received high praise for its bespoke brickwork.

Designed by Caruso St John Architects, the gallery occupies a terrace of new-build and refurbished blocks that line Newport Street’s eastern side opposite the elevated railway arches in Vauxhall, South London.

The project involved the conversion of three listed buildings, which were purpose-built in 1913 as scenery painting workshops for the booming Victorian theatre industry in the West End. The gallery runs the length of the street, with the three Victorian buildings flanked at either side by new ones.

  • The back of Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall, London.
    The back of Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall, London. Credit: Helene Binet
  • Architects Caruso St John won the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2016 for their work designing the gallery.
    Architects Caruso St John won the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2016 for their work designing the gallery. Credit: Helene Binet
  • The gallery presents the personal art collection of Turner Prize winning artist, Damien Hirst.
    The gallery presents the personal art collection of Turner Prize winning artist, Damien Hirst. Credit: Helene Binet
  • Northcot Brick can closely match the ‘common’ style brick of listed buildings.
    Northcot Brick can closely match the ‘common’ style brick of listed buildings. Credit: Helene Binet
  • The majority was constructed in Newport light blend, a hard pale brick, and Newport dark blend.
    The majority was constructed in Newport light blend, a hard pale brick, and Newport dark blend. Credit: Helene Binet
12345

The new semi-industrial facades were made with two distinct bespoke blends of brick specially created by Northcot Brick, a manufacturer known for its advanced colour-matching expertise and traditional techniques, to closely match the ‘common’ style brick of the listed buildings. 

The majority was constructed in Newport light blend, a hard pale brick, and Newport dark blend. 181,000 of the former were used and 17,000 of the latter, both of which laid in a mixture of header and stretcher bonds. 

In addition, 6,000 bespoke handmade and standard machine made special shapes were manufactured to the architect’s specifications to match both blend types.

Michael Brown, managing director Northcot Brick said, “To be associated with both the Stirling Prize and the BDA ‘Supreme Award’ is a remarkable achievement, which underlines the value that our tailored brickwork and sophisticated bespoking capability can bring to architectural projects.”

Watch a video interviewing the architect, or read a case study for more information about this award winning project.

Northcot works closely with architects, creating bespoke brick types, blends and shapes in order to help architects realise their unique vision. 

For more information or technical inquiries please visit: 

www.northcotbrick.co.uk

To download Northcot's brochure please visit:

www.northcotbrick.co.uk/assets/northcotbrochure

Contact:

01386 700551

sales@northcotbrick.co.uk


 

Latest

We need to reduce heat consumption in homes, and robotic installation of insulation is just one of the tools we can use to do so

New ways to reduce home heat consumption

The RIBA and the ARB codes of conduct require architects to record the terms of their appointment before working with a client. Getting this key document right is critical

RIBA CPD video: Forms of appointment

Hopkins Architects’ second school music building was a tall order, literally: to achieve the volume necessary for a natural acoustic space, the only way to go was up

Achieving the right acoustics meant the only way was up

Fewer buyers (and sellers) will drive a shift in tenures and types of housing. Could it be a new opportunity for architects?

A new opportunity for architects?

The Centre for Alternative Technology has taught environmentally aware design for decades. What do  architecture students gain?

CAT fills in for lip service to sustainability