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The lastestchanges to brickstandards
A round-up ofsome of the finestbrick buildings onthe Continent
Shortlisted entriesfor the 2003 BrickAwards
Everything youneed to knowabout Europeanregulations
Wayne Sheppardof Ibstock Brick ona prematureobituary
Rick Mather’s stunning Sloane Robinson building
RICK MATHER Architects’ Sloane RobinsonBuilding at Keble College, Oxford (above), tookthe Building of the Year accolade at the 2003BDA Brick Awards. It also won the Best PublicBuilding award.The judges were impressed by thesculptural feel of the building and its creativeuse of stack-bonded soldier courses as anordering principle. Slim, handmade,Roman-style bricks give the building acontemporary aesthetic that makes a strikingresponse to the polychromatic brick of theneighbouring Butterfield building.This is the second building Mather hasdesigned for Keble College, and it uses similarlanguage to his 1995 Arco building.The awards were presented at a galaceremony held at Le Meridien GrosvenorHouse in London on 4 November. Thecomplete list of award winners is as follows:
Best Single House: Tan-y-Coed House,Wrexham. Architect: Cosmo Lloyd.
Best Private Housing Development: FulhamIsland, Fulham, London. The architect wasCZWG Architects.
Best Public Housing Development: SilitoeCourt, Raleigh Park, Nottingham. Architect:Maber Associates.
Volume Housebuilding Award: DavidMcLean Homes.
Best Commercial Building: ManserAntiques, Shrewsbury. Architect: BaartHarries Newall.
Best Public Building: Sloane RobinsonBuilding, Keble College, Oxford. Architect:Rick Mather Architects.
Best Refurbishment Project: New Schools,Eton College, Eton. Architect:Corrigan + Soundy + Kilaiditi.
Best Landscape Project: The Living Room,Dunbar Drive, Bolton. Artist: Isabella Lockett.
Best Export Award: St Catherine’s Foyer &Sports Centre, Dublin. Architect: Brady &Mallalieu.
Best Structural Use of Brick: ThorndenHall, Eastleigh, Hants. Architect: HampshireCounty Council. Structural engineer:Michael Dudfield Associates.
Prefabrication Award: The Grove,Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire. Architect:Fitzroy Robinson.
Specialist Brickwork Contractor of the Year:Marlborough Brickwork, Leeds.
Best Craftsmanship Award: 20-32 BakerStreet, London W1. Architects: Norman &Dawbarn/Erith & Terry
Sustainability Award: Denville Hall Phase 2,Northwood, Middx. Architect: AcanthusLawrence & Wrightson
Special Award for Decorative Brickwork:Greenwich Millennium Village, London.Executive architect: EPR Architects
BDA Building of the Year 2003: SloaneRobinson Building, Oxford. Architect: RickMather Architects.The BDA acknowledges the kind sponsorshipof Baggeridge Brick, CPI EuroMix, RDLDistribution and Readymix. For details of the2004 Brick Awards, call 01344-885651.
Mather wins best building prize
ALL CHANGE but No Change”is the slogan adopted by theBrick Development Associationto spearhead its informationcampaign on Europeanstandards harmonizationlaunched last October. The aimis to alert the constructionindustry to the introduction ofstandards such as BS EN 771-1,which will replace BS 3921.But it is business as usual, foras Peter Watt, the BDA’s seniorstructural engineer remarked:“It is important to rememberthat UK clay bricks will remainUK clay bricks, it is just themechanism by which they aretested and classified that will bedifferent. The Europeanstandard will affect the way thatbricks are technically defined interms of their performance, butit will not change themanufactured product orrestrict the uses to which claybrick can be put.”Peter Watt’s in-depth articleon harmonization is on page 14of this issue. For a free booklet,call the BDA on 01344-885651or email brick@brick.org.uk.
New European brick standards explained
This edition of
Brick Bulletin 
features thebuilding that won theBrick Awards 2003, andprovides an opportunityfor a closer examination of its designand construction.As an architect, I am interested in theway in which the designers haveexploited the potential of brick bymaking simple yet telling alterations tothe standard pattern of bond andcourse. Thoughtful design and skillfulexecution are, as ever, a cost-effectiveway to make buildings special.This point is made forcibly in
Brick. AWorld History 
, recently published byThames & Hudson. James Campbell, theauthor and Will Pryce, the photographertraveled the world to compile a stunningdocumentary of the story of brick from5,000BC to the present day. This essayin cultural and architectural history isalso a technical survey of brickmakingand bricklaying. The versatility andimportance of bricks and brickwork isunderlined by the illustrations of greatfeats of engineering alongsidecathedrals, country houses, temples andmosques.BDA Members provided James andWill with sponsorship for thephotography and travel. The book hasmet with critical acclaim and thesponsors are delighted to be associatedwith such a successful project.
Michael Driver, director,Brick Development Association
First ever world historyof brick is published
JAMES CAMPBELL and Will Pryce’ssumptuous account of the world’s mostmagnificent brick edifices has beenpublished by Thames & Hudson.
Brick. AWorld History 
contains more than 320pages and 600 colour illustrations,detailing some of the most outstandingbrick edifices ever built, from 5000 BC tothe present day.It has been hailed as the first evercomprehensive study of brick. It combineshistorical account and technical surveyswith a cultural appreciation of brick’s role in history.The book is a result of a research project part-funded by the BrickDevelopment Association. It took Campbell and Pryce across Europe,Central Asia, the Far East and North America. But UK projects werenot overlooked. Included in the book are the Hanwell Viaduct,Battersea Power Station and Carlton House Terrace.Photographs from the book formed the basis of an exhibition heldat the end of October at The Prince’s Foundation in London. Thevenue was also used for a special BDA evening, during which JamesCampbell outlined the history behind some of the buildings.
Brick. A World History 
is available at the special price of £30.00,including postage & packaging, in the UK only. Please telephone01252-541602 quoting Brick Bulletin offer with credit card details, orsend a cheque, payable to Thames & Hudson Ltd, to Sales, 181a HighHolborn, London WC1V 7QX quoting the same reference. The offer issubject to availability and ends in May.
News in brief
Classic work on British brickwork reissued
Back by popular demand is Nathaniel Lloyd’s classic work
A History of English Brickwork 
, digitally enhanced and recently reprinted byThe Antique Collectors’ Club. Originally published in 1925, theweighty tome has established itself as the standard work on Englishbricks and brickwork. Further details on 01394-389974.
A History of English Brickwork 
is available for £35.00.
Ceramic testing guide is published
The second volume in Whittles Publishing’s
Testing in Construction 
series is due out early this year.
Testing of Ceramics in Construction 
is a guide to the main ceramic elements used in construction andincludes tests on clay bricks, pavers, wall, floor and roof tiles.Techniques for dealing with the performance and condition ofexisting structures are also included. The book is available for£55.00. Call 0870-2402 182 for details.
Black country history
The men, women and processes that turned Black Country fire clayinto usable refractories are honoured in John Cooksey’s
Brickyards of the Black Country 
(£9.99 + postage, 124 pages, paperback). Thebook is rich in historical detail, amply illustrated and offers afascinating insight into an extremely durable material. Call01384-836122 for further details.
In the June 2003 edition of Brick Bulletin, we omitted thepicture caption on page 14. The photograph was of the CityUniversity Business School, London EC1, designed by BennettsAssociates.
George Demetri
co-ordinating editor
Andy Pearson
Joe Presedo
David Rogers
London Pre-press
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