Every year we have the delightful task of sifting through hundreds of marvellous submissions all vying for one of the categories in the BDA Brick Awards.

This year has proved no exception, with more buildings entered than ever, attaining higher standards of design, performance, innovation and craftsmanship. It really has been an eye-opener.

The judging got pretty heated at times as modernists slugged it out with traditionalists. But I am sure you will agree that irrespective of one’s particular preference, each of our worthy winners in this supplement represents some of the finest brickwork built in recent years.

Whether in traditional applications or in sleek contemporary buildings, there’s something about brick that makes it an amazingly versatile material. That is why it has been used for thousands of years and is now creating the architecture of the 21st century. To see these remarkable capabilities, just flick through the pages that follow … and enjoy the show.

George Demetri

The BDA members are

Baggeridge Brick
Blockleys Brick
Bovingdon Brickworks
Broadmoor Brickworks
Bulmer Brick & Tile Co
Carlton Brick
Charnwood Forest Brick
Coleford Brick & Tile
Dunton Brothers
Freshfield Lane Brickworks
Hammill Brick
Hanson Building Products
Ibstock Brick
Kingscourt Brick
Marshalls Clay Products
Michelmersh Brick & Tile
Normanton Brick Co
Northcot Brick
Ormonde Brick
Phoenix Brick Company
Wm C Reade of Aldeburgh
Tarmac Wilnecote Brick
Tyrone Brick
The York Handmade Brick Co

Judges for the 2004 awards

Piers Gough
broadcaster, architect, and panel chairman
Bob Baldwin
past president of The Guild of Bricklayers
David Birkbeck
director of Design for Homes
Dr James Campbell
architect and academic
Anthony Delarue
architect and principal
Denver Humphrey
architect and director of Fairhursts Design Group
David Kennett
lecturer and editor of British Brick Society magazine
Bill Preston
president of the Association of Brickwork Contractors
Professor John Roberts
Kingston University
Andrew Stroud
Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers