Detail the loom


Recognition for best use of brick in refurb projects

At the annual Brick Awards, hosted by The Brick Development Association, the Best Refurbishment Project award was won by New Loom House in Aldgate, London. The architectural design quality is very high, and the level of thought and detail is extremely evident in the refurbishment of this great warehouse building, said the judges. The ‘well considered’ and ‘elegantly refurbished’ grade II listed building achieves its objective of maintaining the building’s originality, whilst introducing new ‘exquisite details and features for which modern brickwork is increasingly praised’.

This building was formerly a storage facility for wool and the redesign by architects Duggan Morris incorporates this history with woven brickwork detail, which is the ‘standout feature’, complementing the woven metalwork that forms the front gates.

The bricks were sourced from within the building, ereating a feeling of authenticity: “Minimising the amount of demolition material and the commitment to sustainability this represents is admirable.” Specialist brickwork contractor was TPS Contract Services. The Huguenot Physicians House, below, in Spitalfields, London was commended. Extensive interior repairs and remodelling have been carried out and the facade returned to a design of 1725, by architects Chris Dyson, with timber sash windows and decorative brickwork to reveals. The main bricklaying was carried out by Beckwith Tuckpointing, with the gauged arches by Richard Stacey. The Bricks used were Suffolk reds manufactured by the Bulmer Brick & Tile Company.

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