The Brick Development Association's annual gongs for architecture, design and craft are a key landmark in the brick industry's calendar and this year's accolades have just been unveiled. Announced during a dedicated ceremony in central London, the 39th annual Brick Awards are celebration of design excellence and innovation using the century-old trusty material. 

Spanning 14 specialist categories, winner include: Church Road by Hall McKnight Architects (Best Housing Development, 1-5 Units), Darbishire Place by Niall McLaughlin and Trafalgar Place by de Rijke Marsh Morgan architects (joint winners - Best Housing Design Award), Taylor Wimpey (Volume Housebuilding), Haven Hostel by Gottstein Architects (Best Commercial Building), The Whitworth Gallery by MUMA Architects (Public & Education Building),  The House of Trace and the Richmond Adult Community College (joint winners - Best Refurbishment Project), Lauriston Phase 1 by Page/Park and Elder and Cannon (Best Urban Regeneration Project) and The Belvedere – Queen Elizabeth Walled Garden (Best Outdoor Space).

Technical and craft category winners include: City Park West (Innovative Use of Brick and Clay Products), Swift Brickwork Contractors (Specialist Brickwork Contractor of the Year) and Eton College’s Jafar Gallery & Jafar Hall (Craftsmanship Award). The refurbishment of Eight Artillery Row won the BDA Chairman's Award and the Turnmill mixed use building in London by Piercy & Co was awarded the prestigious Best International & Worldwide Project.

An ode to brick, these awards are yearly and open to architects, house builders, brick contractors, brick manufacturers, owners and developers in the UK.