BATTERSEA LOOMS LARGE AT LONDON CRAFT WEEK
Northcot Brick are delighted to be suppliers of bespoke bricks to the redevelopment of the iconic Battersea Power Station – we did supply the originals too! London Craft Week in May gave us an opportunity to showcase our proud heritage and association with Battersea. Michael Brown our MD gave a presentation on the work we are doing with Battersea and our historic connection with the original build. Visitors were also able to throw their own brick under the expert gaze of our handmaker Ben.
NEWNHAM COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE
Northcot Brick have been commissioned to provide bespoke bricks (see photo) for a state-of-the- art building at Newnham College which will be named after Dorothy Garrod in honour of the pioneering archaeologist. Work began at Newnham in September 2016 to build new en- suite student accommodation, Porters’ Lodge, a gym, café, conference facilities and a new suite of offices and supervision rooms. The new building is expected to open in autumn 2018.
Northcot Brick is working with Historic England and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation on the renovation of Shrewsbury Flaxmill. Shrewsbury Flaxmill built in 1797 was the world’s first iron framed building and is the forerunner of the modern skyscraper. The bricks used in the original construction were approximately one third larger than standard bricks and Northcot were the only brickworks in the UK able to produce the 30,000 special size bricks required for the renovation. On Thursday 8th March, 12 level 1 and 2 Brickwork students spent the morning at the Flaxmill learning to make “great” bricks that were used in the original building construction.
BUILDING THE ORCHARD
We’ve been following Will Andersen’s Building the Orchard Blog for the last few years. The frontage is now complete and showcases our beautiful bricks! As Will so eloquently put it “I’m not interested in clean line and pure form but in colour, variety, texture and pattern. Which is why I took delivery today of several thousand hand-made bricks from the Northcot brick works in Gloucestershire. They really are stunning: the firing has given each limp of clay an ancient geology; their colour is rich and changes with subtle changes in the ambient light; the hand moulding means that every brick has a slightly different shape to the one next to it; their textured surfaces as to be touched. En masse, they create a patchwork of connections and variations that is endlessly diverting. They are just the thing for our Arts and Crafts house where less is definitely not more. More is more.”