Dorothy Garrod Building reigns supreme at Brick Awards

The Dorothy Garrod Building, Newnham College at the University of Cambridge

The Dorothy Garrod Building, Newnham College at the University of Cambridge, has scooped this year’s ‘Supreme Winner’ title at the 2019 Brick Awards, celebrating the best use of brick in the built environment. Designed by Walters & Cohen Architects, this project also won the Medium Housing Development and Craftmanship categories.

Focusing on the value of using durable materials and on finding the right suppliers of products, The Dorothy Garrod Building knits itself among the buildings already part of the college and creates a new frontage for the college from one entrance. The design balances solidity and transparency, with glazing alternating with full-height brickwork panels where hit-and-miss element weaves seamlessly into the texture and detail of the elevation. The hit-and-miss brickwork complements the existing buildings without mimicking them. A bespoke mixture of Northcot Plumstead and Lynham Red bricks were made to create Sidgwick Blend bricks for the project.

 Hillary Satchwell, head judge, Brick Awards 2019, said: “The supreme winner, the Dorothy Garrod Building, really impressed the judges who felt it was exceptional in a number of ways. It manages to be exemplary teaching and research space, as well as student housing; it is a strongly urban and welcoming response to the surrounding streets in this part of Cambridge; and at the same time is an amazing work of carefully considered and expressive brick design and craftsmanship. Quite some achievement.

The task of shortlisting fell to a panel of experienced architects, planners, specialist brickwork contractors, developers and other design and brick experts, who produced a final shortlist of 104 entries. Domestic projects were then visited and reported back to the judging panel as a whole for debate.


Individual Housing Development

Kenwood Lee House – Winner

Ten Oaks – Commendation

Hulmefield Hall – Commendation

Small Housing Development

The Interlock – Winner

35 Marylebone High Street – Commendation

Weymouth Mews – Commendation

Medium Housing Development

The Dorothy Garrod Building, Newnham College – Winner

Roof Gardens – Commendation

Gainsford Road – Commendation

Large Housing Development

Porters Edge – Winner

Hox Park –Commendation

Urban Regeneration

Raidió Fáilte / Líonra Uladh – Winner

New Gorbals Health and Care Centre – Commendation

Elephant Park – Commendation


The Ray Farringdon – Winner

The Caxton at Buckingham Green – Commendation


Cambridge Central Mosque – Winner

The Defence National Rehabilitation Centre – Commendation


Royal College of Pathologists – Winner

Dancy House – Commendation

Music School, King’s College School Wimbledon – Commendation


Royal Academy of Arts – Winner

The Hollis Building, Sheffield – Commendation


The Interlock – Winner

York House – Commendation


Croudace Homes


The Dorothy Garrod Building, Newnham College – Winner

The Defence National Rehabilitation Centre – Commendation

Fulham Palace – Commendation

Specialist Brickwork Contractor 

Lee Marley Brickwork


Pontsteiger, Netherlands – Winner

Chuon Chuon Kim 2 Kindergarten, Vietnam – Commendation

Lipton Thayer House, USA – Commendation

Supreme Winner

The Dorothy Garrod Building, Newnham College