Northcot Brick’s flagship project, the Newport Street Gallery, has been declared the outright winner of the ‘Supreme Award’ by the Brick Development Association (BDA) in its annual ‘Brick Awards’.
The Newport Street Gallery not only claimed the 2016 ‘Supreme Award’ but also topped the ‘Best Public Building’ category. For Northcot Brick, this is the second successive year that it has created a unique blend of bricks and matching specials for a BDA ‘Supreme Award’ winner, following the success of Manchester’s Whitworth in 2015. Designed by architects Caruso St John, the Newport Street Gallery occupies a terrace of new-build and refurbished blocks that line Newport Street’s eastern side opposite the elevated railway arches in Vauxhall, London.
The new semi-industrial facades were made with two distinct bespoke blends of brick, which were specially created by Northcot Brick, a manufacturer known for its advanced colour-matching expertise and traditional techniques, to closely match the ‘common’ style brick of the listed buildings. The majority was constructed in Newport Light blend (181,000 bricks) a hard pale brick, and Newport Dark blend (17,000 bricks), both of which were laid in a mixture of header and stretcher bonds.