Small Housing Development Award

New-build private or public sector accommodation, including flats, up to 25 units will be considered for this award. Schemes that are part of a much larger mixed-use project can also be entered. Projects must demonstrate a high level of client obligation and represent design that sensitively considers local vernacular.

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In 2016 the standard of entries was so high the panel awarded two projects, Foundry Mews and Hindman's Yard.

Foundry Mews was designed by Project Orange architects. Kenzo Construction and Oliver Connell & Sons acted as brickwork contractors and used bricks manufactured by Wienerberger.

‘A carefully conceived and beautifully detailed revision of a tight site with an innovative and interesting combining of residential and commercial uses within shared courtyards’. Foundry Mews’ design concept allows the courtyard to run the whole length of the site facilitating ground floor access to the commercial units as well as a communal area for residents. The ‘delightful brickwork’ is highly commended and the ‘choice and use of materials creates a handsome development with good size and scale, which is sensitive to the historic use of the site and local vernacular’. The brick is used with faultless consistency throughout, with protruding and recessed headers used to good effect. The judges enjoyed the lively feel of the courtyard and the way the development works to create attractively light and airy spaces for residential use.

Hindman’s Yard was designed by Foster Lomas architects. FWD acted as brickwork contractor and used bricks manufactured by Wienerberger.

The choice of brick works to create a luminary, yet distinctly private housing development within London’s Dulwich. The articulated brick facades are supplemented by dog-tooth detailing; a cunning reference to the traditional eave details seen on the neighbouring Victorian terraces. The judges especially enjoyed this as it ‘provides variety but maintains the simplicity and calm which pervades the project’. Wellbeing is clearly a consideration of the building, and the judges prized its seamless visual connectivity from house to garden with high ceilings to maximise the amount of daylight residents enjoy inside.

This year the Small Housing Development Award is sponsored by Ibstock.

Ibstock is the country’s largest brick maker operating from 22 locations across the UK. Ibstock’s roots can be traced back to the 1820s to the village of Ibstock in Leicestershire where the business is still based. Ibstock has over 600 different bricks and pavers in its product range which also includes external wall insulation and rain screen cladding systems. This range and variety makes Ibstock bricks the first choice for architects and builders alike.