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Recycling Brick Constructions in the UK: 14 Building Restorations and Extensions

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The use of brick plays a very important role in the architectural history of the United Kingdom. Construction techniques that involve brick and stone have been in constant progress. In fact, brick production improved over time, making the material the most popular one in the construction industry. From the 18th century onwards, brickwork was predominantly used in domestic and industrial architecture, but later on, it was introduced to the structure of warehouses and factories, as well as other various forms of infrastructure.

While many of these buildings are still operating to this day, it comes as no surprise. Refurbishment and reuse are highly recommended techniques, and in many cases, the only methods to maintain densely populated European cities. Therefore, the challenge lays in reusing these buildings and recycling the materials available, always trying to retain as much of the original structure as possible.

Algiers Road / Gruff

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  • Architects: Gruff
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  90
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: IDSystems, Reeve Wood, Millboard, Naked Doors, Shou-Sugi-Ban, +1

Wilkins Terrace / Levitt Bernstein

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  • Architects: Levitt Bernstein
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1300
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Step House / Bureau de Change Architects

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  260
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: CompassGlass, Flooredgenius, TheConcreteFlooring, TuttoParquet

Slab House / Bureau de Change Architects

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  50
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Compass Glass, Floored Genius

Valhalla / Denizen Works

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  • Architects: Denizen Works
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Inwood Developments Limited, Archway Sheet Metal Works, Martin Childs Limited

Anish Kapoor Studio I / Caseyfierro Architects

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Old Church Street Town House / TDO Architecture

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Shortlist Announced For 2015 RIBA London Awards

A total of 68 buildings have been shortlisted for RIBA London 2015 Awards, featuring buildings by AHMM, dRMM, John McAslan + Partners and Grimshaw, to Níall McLaughlin Architects, Eric Parry Architects, and Rogers Stirk Harbour. Winning projects from last year included three Stirling Prize shortlisted projects, as well as another by Haworth Tompkins who ultimately took the prize in 2014 for the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. All shortlisted buildings will now be assessed by a regional jury. Regional winners will then be considered for a RIBA National Award in recognition of their architectural excellence, the results of which will place some projects in the running for the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize.

See the complete list of shortlisted projects after the break.

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Forest Pond House / TDO Architecture

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  • Architects: TDO Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012