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    Press release - 22 June 2023

    Port Loop’s Brick House recognised on the National Stage with RIBA Award

    22 June 2023

    Brick House at Port Loop in Birmingham has been unveiled as one of the winners of the 2023 RIBA National Awards.

    A development of 37 three- and four-bedroom mews properties, Brick House combines traditional Georgian design features such as large windows and an elegant façade, modern finishes and are centred around a communal garden and historic canal. The homes were designed by Birmingham-based Howells Architects whose emphasis on the outdoor space designs helped meet one of the core tenets of the Port Loop masterplan, encouraging residents to spend time outside and maximise their opportunities for wellbeing.

    Commenting on the award, Howells Partner Shauna Bradley said: “This RIBA National award recognises the value of a truly creative and collaborative client team, that share a vision to deliver something special for the canal side community at Port Loop. Brick House is a central part of this vision; a modern terraced house driven by key principles of light and space, centred around a large communal gardens, that encourage people to spend more time outdoors in an everchanging landscape. Our aim to make places that enrich lives, and so the biggest achievement is that there is a genuine sense of community at Port Loop, and it is swiftly becoming a test bed for future living.”

    Brick House at Port Loop in Birmingham

    Brick House is part of Phase 1 of the Port Loop masterplan, which is being delivered through a joint venture with Places for People, working in partnership with Birmingham City Council and Canal & River Trust. The masterplan was created by Macreanor Lavington, award-winning architects with a particular expertise in housing, public buildings and regeneration and detailed first phase partners included Howells Architects, shedkm and Grant Associates.

    Adding to Shauna’s comment, Marcus Chaloner, Head of Placemaking & Design at the Canal & River Trust, says: “We’re delighted that Howells’ Brick House at Port Loop has been recognised with a RIBA National Award. At the Canal & River Trust we believe that life is better by water, and we have been working closely with Howells, Urban Splash and Places for People, to develop a sustainable, waterside neighbourhood, full of opportunities to appreciate and explore waterway beauty on the doorstep. Howells’ Brick House skilfully delivers an elegant waterfront block, that celebrates the delight of urban waterside living.”

    Urban Splash co-founder Jonathan Falkingham MBE concluded: “We are delighted to have received this award for Brick House. Urban Splash is proud to have a longstanding relationship with Howells – and this scheme is another fantastic example of our shared vision to pioneer new ideas. Inspired by mews and terraced homes of old, Brick House adopts the best qualities of these historic homes reinvents them for contemporary lifestyles.”

    For more information about the RIBA Regional and National Awards please visit

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