The York Handmade Brick Company, one of the leading independent brickmakers in the country, has won three categories in the prestigious 2012 Brick Awards.
York Handmade, based at Alne, near Easingwold, in North Yorkshire, won the Best Single House, the Best Craftsmanship and Specialist Brickwork Contractor categories.
The awards were presented at a glittering ceremony at the Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel in London’s West End.
Chairman David Armitage said: “We are particularly proud to be involved in three fantastic projects this year, all of which have been honoured in the Brick Awards. This is our best result ever in these awards.
“Huge thanks are due to the management team and employees at York Handmade for their imagination, enterprise and hard work, which all combined to make this success possible,” added Mr Armitage.
The buildings which won the awards for York Handmade were: Four Oaks in Little Bedwyn, Wilts (Best Single House); Tupgill Cellar, near Middleham, North Yorkshire (Best Craftsmanship); and Chetham’s School of Music, Manchester (Specialist Brickwork Contractor).
The judges paid tribute to York Handmade’s work at Tupgill, the home of the famous Forbidden Corner tourist attraction, saying: “It was obvious to pick Tupgill Cellar as the winner of its category. It is magical to look at. A wide variety of handmade specials were personally designed by the manufacturer and the result is outstanding.”
Meanwhile one judge said of Four Oaks: “This was the highlight of all my viewings this year. The design of this fantastic building is ambitious with the rhythm of the landscape setting off the brickwork.”
And the judges commended Chetham’s School of Music for “being an outstanding showcase for brick. It is a tour de force of brickwork and the beauty of the design, choice of brick and impeccable detail are very difficult to find fault with.”
David Armitage said: “It is invidious to pick out specific York Handmade employees, because everyone has contributed to a tremendous year, but I would like to mention Works Manager Steve Pittham, who personally designed the special bricks for Tupgill, and Mark Todd, for their outstanding work.”
He added: “It is important to stress that our three winning entries were completely different jobs in design and execution, graphically illustrating our ability to work in a wide variety of colours and styles. We believe we can tackle any brickwork project successfully.”
York Handmade has a remarkable record in the Brick Awards during the past decade. These national awards, run by the Brick Development Association in conjunction with Building magazine, are the brick industry’s Oscars.
In 2009 the company was short-listed for the Best Educational Building award for its work on De Grey Court at York St John University.
In 2007 the company was shortlisted for Best Refurbishment Project award for its work on the Murrays’ Mills development in Manchester. In 2006 it won the Best Landscape Project award for its acclaimed work on the walled garden at Broughton Hall, near Skipton.
In 2005 York Handmade was shortlisted for the Best Refurbishment Project for work on Millington Hall, a 16th century heritage public house and restaurant in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire and in 2004 the company won the same award for the acclaimed walled garden and new restaurant at Scampston Hall, near Malton.
York Handmade was also shortlisted in the Best Refurbishment Project category of the Brick Awards for its work in restoring Myton Bridge, near Boroughbridge, to its former Victorian glory in 2003, and also won the Best Single House award for a private house at Chirk, near Wrexham, in 2003. York Handmade won the Supreme Brick Building award for St Brigid’s Church, Belfast, in 1995.