Top up shortlisted for major design award

Marston’s reburbished grade II listed chimney has been now shortlisted for an award at the annual Brick Awards to held in November – one of the longest established and most widely respected design awards in the UK, now in its 38th year.

The Awards recognise excellence in design and construction using brick. Each year hundreds of entries are submitted and 17 prestigious trophies and more than 100 certificates are issued to the successful projects. The architect/designer, brick manufacturer and specialist brickwork contractor are all acknowledged on each project.

Anyone can enter the awards – architects/designers, owners, developers, house-builders, specialist brickwork contractors and brick manufacturers and the Marston’s project was entered by Cotswold-based manufacturer Northcot Brick.

Northcot’s team of brick makers use bench mould techniques which have hardly changed over the centuries, similar in a way to the brewery itself. Using one of the country’s last remaining coal fired kilns, they created a new line of bricks with subtle red tones, light texture and a weather-worn appearance that exactly matched the originals.

The rest of the original chimney was meticulously re-pointed throughout using an English Heritage approved lime mortar, and any loose or missing bricks were
replaced as required. In addition, repairs were made to the retaining band steelwork and the lightning protection system was upgraded to comply with current BS EN 62305 European standard. This extensive £250,000 project was carried out over 21 weeks without any safety incidents last year.

Garry Hollins, site engineer at Marston’s Plc commented: “This particular chimney has stood for well over a century and is an iconic local landmark. We are delighted with the painstaking restoration work undertaken, which will ensure that it stands for many more years to come as a testimony to the brick manufacturing process and the brewing industry.”

For more details see: http://www.brick.org.uk/best-refurbishment-renovation-project/

Lisa Harlow
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