Family Home in East London Scoops Top Award

A Georgian end-of-terrace in Wapping, East London, sympathetically restored and newly extended to create a contemporary family home, won the Best Housing Development 1-5 Units category at the 2014 Brick Development Awards held at the Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel in London on 12th November.

The Grade II listed house lies within a Conservation Area and was in a very poor condition when the current owners bought it. The brief for Chris Dyson Architects was to create a family home that responds to contemporary domestic use.

The existing condemned two storey Victorian extension was replaced with a larger masonry extension to reflect and complement the surrounding Georgian brick architecture. Additionally, all services were replaced, thermal insulation improved and rainwater harvesting introduced. Period features were reinstated and refurbished to sympathetically restore a sense of character that had been lost over the last 50 years.

Brick colour, texture and variety were critical to the success of the project. The brick chosen for the extension was the Coleridge Ashdown yellow multi brick from Ibstock. A yellow multi with significant red tones, complements both the existing house and adjacent Listed Dock wall. To bring the colour of the new work into harmony with the brickwork of the main house, permanent colour-washing was implemented prior to pointing to achieve a “soot wash” effect.

Brickwork Contractor Beckwith Tuckpointing, used a simple palette of materials to create the contemporary aesthetic set out in the brief. All pointing on the extension is penny struck which is finished flush with the brickwork. Using a rule and an old penny, the penny is rolled in the middle of the brick joints, leaving a straight, indented line in the mortar.

The judges loved this project right from the beginning of the judging process. Chris Dyson Architects followed the brief flawlessly to create a stunning family home of real architectural quality which has been extremely well considered from macro to micro scale. It has been finely crafted and constructed and fits very well in its context in Wapping, surrounded by Georgian brick buildings.

The Brick Awards is one of Britain’s most respected design competitions. Organised by the Brick Development Association, the annual contest provides the definitive showcase for what brick can achieve.

You can see pictures and find full details of all the winning projects on the BDA’s website: www.brick.org.uk/brick-awards.

Entries are now being invited for the 2015 Brick Awards. Entry forms can be downloaded from the BDA’s website www.brick.org.uk/brick-awards or a hard copy can be requested by emailing brick(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)brick.org.uk or by calling 0207 323 7030.