Architects' Choice


Mews House (London) was designed by Russell Jones. DF Keane Builders & Contractors acted as brickwork contractor using Marziale brick by Wienerberger.

This is a project of great maturity and sophistication. The apparent simplicity of this compact but light-filled home belie the considered level of creativity required to achieve this high level of design quality and finish. Far greater than the sum of its parts. The project brief has been well fulfilled; providing a light and calming home with a high level of finish throughout affording it a special quality. This is to be applauded on what is a speculative development. The level of client satisfaction would appear to be very high. The planner is also happy with the highly positive impact on its emerging context. Voted for by architectural students to seasoned architects, the Architects’ Choice Award is presented to that which epitomizes exceptional clay brick architecture as considered by the professional community en masse.

Blockley in Gloucestershire is the home of the Northcot Master Brickmakers.

We have been quarrying clay and making bricks here for nearly 100 years. Our richly-coloured bricks are made by Master Brickmakers who between them have hundreds of years of experience in the highly skilled art of brick-making. The bricks they make are used in all types of building projects all over the country.

Northcot is one of the very few brickworks that still takes clay from the same quarry used over the centuries. That clay is thousands of years old. When fired in our traditional coal-fired kilns it produces an intense base colour and results in an exciting range of naturally-coloured quality bricks with an enduring finish.