Carmelite Monastery, Liverpool
Project wins Architect Choice Award at BDA Awards 2013
This project won the Architect Choice Award at the 2013 Brick Awards. It was especially satisfying to receive the award for this category, as it is voted for by over 100 registered Architects and Students.
The BDA commented that:
“This building emanates peace and calm. Its picturesque surroundings of woodland and water offer a tranquil and harmonic feel and the high gated entrance and walling helps to provide the impression of confinement and privacy. The architects have used brick throughout, embodying a sense of timelessness, tradition and practicality
The architects were impressed by the elegance and grace of the building. The brick is beautifully detailed and used both internally and externally to its full potential”.
The scheme designed by Austin Smith Lord Architects, features extensive decorative brickwork built in Flemish bond, with feature panels of projecting headers. The building is naturally ventilated, heavily insulated and features a ground source heat pump and solar water heating.
The building is home to a closed community of 30 nuns, who have relocated from their previous retreat in West Derby. The monastery is described as ‘an ecologically balanced wildlife haven with wildflower meadows, woodlands of native species and a lake’ and includes an extensive kitchen garden, orchard and wildflower meadow.’