Webb Gray were excited to announce in December 2013 the completion of Simplyhealth House in Bristol and are now delighted to reveal that the building has this year been shortlisted for the 2014 Brick Awards. A candidate for the ‘Best Commercial Building‘ category, Simplyhealth House is one of six candidates for the award. The Brick Awards are one of the longest established and widely respected design awards which widely recognise excellence in design and construction using Brick. Each year hundreds of entries are submitted and this year the hundreds of applicants have been narrowed down to 17 prestigious categories with one winner being chosen from each. The awards will be presented at the Marriott Grosvenor Square Hotel in London on November 12th and Webb Gray arehonoured to be a forerunner for one of those awards.
Simplyhealth House is the first building development of healthcare insurance provider Simplyhealth. The 62,275 sqft, 7 storey office is in a high-profile area two miles north of Bristol City Centre and it’s location adjacent to the historic Downs meant the building fundamentally had to be aesthetically appealing whilst also in keep with it’s setting amongst a listed area of Bristol. Webb Gray took care in the material choice and deemed that the building should refer to the site and Bristol more generally. This meant that the important key elements were the walling details which were designed in order to refer to the 18th and 19th century brickwork and contemporary buildings that have used this material in a manner that is modern yet upholds clear references to tradition. The chosen manufacturer of the brickwork was Northcot who worked with Webb Gray to produce the correct colour and contrasts the building needed in order to be aesthetically correct. The handmade Flemish bond coursing forms the brickwork façade which is supported by the bath stone lintels which are in turn attached to the structure of the building. This innovative design technique provides the perfect base from which the building adheres to the aesthetic requirements set by the buildings setting and is a leading reason behind why the building has been submitted for a Brick Award.