Wienerberger announces winner of the MSA ‘Wienerberger Design Award’

As the sole sponsor of this year’s Manchester Society of Architects’ (MSA) Design Awards, Wienerberger, the leading provider of wall, roof and landscaping innovations, was proud to announce Chetham’s School of Music as the worthy winner of the  ‘Wienerberger Design Award’.


  • Awarded to architects Stephenson ISA Studio by Wienerberger’s Director of Sales – Bricks, Simon Pearson during the closing ceremony, the project boasted an innovative use of a traditional material used to create a unique and contemporary building for the academy
  • 400,000 specially designed long thin handmade British bricks were used, with the buff colour of the brickwork complimenting the sandstone of the original buildings
  • Highly commending the 1 Ellesmere Street project, which is the design of Ollier Smurthwaite Architects, Wienerberger thought it was fantastic to see a stock brick being used over the typically more popular wire cut brick
  • Taylor Young’s Kensington Neighbourhood Health Centre was also commended


Annette Forster, Director of Marketing at Wienerberger, said:


"This really is a landmark building. Making the best use of the available space, the design is unique. It is a beautiful example of traditional brickwork used on a modern and creative building, demonstrating the elegance and diversity of brickwork in modern architecture. The decision amongst the Wienerberger judging panel to announce Chetham’s School of Music as the winner was unanimous, and we’re proud to have been associated with the good quality work carried out by architects in Manchester and the surrounding areas."

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