British Design prize goes to German bricks

CRH Group takes two brick awards

On November 4, 2009, Ibstock Brick Limited, a British subsidiary of Irish conglomerate CRH plc, captured the latest Brick Awards in two of 15 categories. The roofing tile producer’s entry was a school building at Christ’s College Guildford, located some 65 km outside of London. The building took first prize in the categories Best Educational Building and Supreme Award. The Supreme Award, the top prize of all, honoured the “BDA Building of the Year”. The building featured Cottbus façade clinkers from German sister company CRH Clay Solutions GmbH in Steyerberg, Lower Saxony.

At the request of DSDHA, the responsible British architects, CRH Clay Solutions produced more than 300 000 façade clinkers with the unusual dimensions 290 mm x 90 mm x 52 mm at their Upper Lusatian/Saxonian plant. The special run of Cottbus clinkers, with their natural bluish-red, mottled brown play of colours, comes very close to typical English colours.

The Brick Awards, which count among Great Britain‘s oldest, most distinguished design prizes, honour top-notch achievements in brick design and construction. The Brick Development Association (BDA) in London bestowed the first such awards 33 years ago. The jury of three was very enthusiastic about the building‘s architectural concept centring on the dark-hued Cottbus façade clinkers from Germany. Christ‘s College Guildford, consisting of two building complexes of different size, was created by British builder Wates Construction in cooperation with DSDHA. Despite their different elevations, the two brick buildings form a harmonious ensemble characterized by uniform architecture of progressive design.

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