John Lewis Oxford has been shortlisted in the Commercial Category in the 2018 Brick Awards. The department store forms the key retail anchor of the new masterplan to revitalise the Westgate Shopping Centre in Oxford and used bricks manufactured by the York Handmade Brick Company. Brickwork contractor for the project was Laing O’Rourke.
Studio Director David Henderson said “We are delighted to be shortlisted as part of this prestigious award scheme for our new building for John Lewis in Oxford. An early design decision was taken to use brick on the project, particularly for its durability and ability to impart character at fine scale. Due to the status and position of the John Lewis store within the overall masterplan, it was very important that a crafted and bespoke quality was inherent in the facades and key to this was the selection of a special long and slender format brick.”
The full shortlist can be viewed here and winners will be announced in a ceremony in November.