Using Forterra bricks, Horsted Park, Chatham, developed by Clague’s client Countryside Properties, was awarded the prestigious Bricks Awards’ Best Large Housebuilder award. Countryside also won an award for its Foundry Gardens development in Haywards Heath.

A spokesperson from Countryside Properties said, “We are very proud to win this award, based on our work alongside Clague Architects and brick supplier, Forterra, in creating two fantastic new communities at Horsted Park and Foundry Gardens.”

Christopher Sherlock-Scougall, Associate Architect at Clague, who worked on Countryside Properties’ Horsted Phase II development, said: “Horsted has been a fantastic scheme, and we’re thrilled that Countryside Properties has been awarded one of the top awards to add to its Kent Design & Development Award.

“The brick selection and detailing takes its cue from the architecture of Rochester and the immediate context of the listed Fort Horsted (one of Prime Minister Lord Palmerston’s amazing large buried brick structures) dating from 1889.The design has been reinterpreted to create a contemporary looking scheme that sits comfortably within its surrounding as well as creating a unique sense of place.

“As part of this, we copied a diaper brick pattern for the frontage of the homes, based on the Victorian idea of cross patterns to break up the frontage of buildings. Forterra’s Chelsea Smoked Red bricks were ideal for this and complements the local vernacular very well.”

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