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Autumn 2015

Brick Awards 2015 - success for suppliers of factory-produced mortar

The Brick Awards for 2015 was very good for members of the Mortar Industry Association. No less than 14 of the 21 projects which drew awards used factory-produced mortars, a testament to the quality and consistency of the product.

Among winning MIA members were CPI Euromix, Hugh King, Remix Dry Mortar, RTU and Tarmac.

Presentation of the MIA sponsored Architect’s Choice award to architect’s Anderson Bell + Christie associate, Jonathan McQuillian, by chairman of the MIA executive committee, Steve Large (right), accompanied by presenter Nick Knowles
Presentation of the MIA sponsored Architect’s Choice award to architect’s Anderson Bell + Christie associate, Jonathan McQuillian, by chairman of the MIA executive committee, Steve Large (right), accompanied by presenter Nick Knowles

MIA sponsored the Architect’s Choice category for the second year, an award which gives designers the opportunity to present a concensus choice from the short-listed entries. This year’s award went to the Shields Centre, Glasgow. The project is described as being strikingly modern but that brick gives a heart to the building.

MIA executive committee chairman, Steve Large with presenter Nick Knowles, presented Jonathan McQuillian of architects Anderson Bell + Christie with the award. Brickwork contractor was McCann Builders, Wienerberger supplied the bricks and CPI Euromix was the factory-produced mortar supplier.

The Whitworth Gallery at the University of Manchester won this year’s supreme award as well as that for the best public and educational building. The judges said: ‘This building 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.’

Architect was MUMA and brickwork contractor, Cara Brickwork. Northcot supplied the bricks, including a very impressive number of handmade matching specials. CPI Euromix supplied the factory-produced mortar.

Details of all Brick Award winners 2015 can be found at: www.brick.org.uk/brick-awards/2015-brick-awards/2015-award-winners/

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