East Sussex wins big at heritage awards ceremony
Local individuals and developments have been honoured at the 20th Sussex Heritage Trust Awards.
The awards were held at the Pangdean Old Barn, Brighton last Wednesday, July 4.
This year was a bumper one for Eastbourne based architects, constructors and craftsmen. John D Clarke in Eastbourne won four awards for a mix of private homes and ecclesiastical projects, including St Peter’s Church in Hamsey. Clarke Roofing Southern Limited based in Eastbourne, was also rewarded for work to the church, specifically for repairs to the roof. Walkers Rest in Alfrison, submitted by PGB Build Limited, received an award in the mid-scale residential category.
The former garage site for the village, was stripped of all modern additions back to the original 19th-century brick and flint barn to create five houses and a Walkers Bothy.
A private home in Hooe received a Highly Commended certificate, which saw a brick and flint wall barn and byres be retrofitted to a stunning EnerPHit standard house.
Managed by Richard Clayson, the judges particularly commended the project for ‘reaching such passive energy standard within an existing building’.
Wadhurst Place also won an award in the mid-scale development.
Other local winners include Lavender Fields in Isfield, a collection of 39 residential properties, located on a former Army Depot built for the Canadian Army during the Second World War and private homes in Laughton and Ditchling .
Another one of the winners was the Hastings Central Library submitted by Miller Bourne Architects.
The Grade II listed building commenced in 1878 and needed sympathetic alterations to restore elements of the character of the original Italianate Gothic Revival style building. The Source BMX Park in Hastings received a judges’ special commendation for the admirable co-operation between Hastings Borough Council and private enterprise, to revive the 1890 health spa into a world class BMX and skateboarding facility.
A further Award winner was for a private home in Rye, Watchbell Chamber, submitted by John D Clarke Architects.
This was a complete restoration of a dilapidated Grade II listed house which had been used as a Solicitor’s office for over 150 years, together with providing a new balcony overlooking Rye Harbour. The judges said: “This was an exemplary and imaginative transformation of an everyday solicitors’ office into a delightful private house. The detailing and workmanship was to an exceptionally high standard as was the level of archaeological investigation and the sensitivity with which the different periods of the house were handled.”
President of the Trust, The Rt Hon Lord Egremont DL, presented 23 award winners and 25 highly Commended certificates .
Chairman, Dr John Godfrey DL, who announced the Awards at the 20th annual lunch, said: “The Trust continues to go from strength to strength, consolidated by the success of the awards scheme.”
Full List of Awards
Building Craft Awards
Clarke Roofing for Roof at St Peter’s Church, Hamsey
Duncan Berry for flintwork on Nab House, Itchenor
Andrew Holloway for Green Oak Timber Frame at The Weald & Downland Living Museum Gateway Project, Singleton
Paul Grantham for flintwork on Westerton House, Chichester
Sarah Mayfield for Ceiling Work at Borde Hill House, Borde Hill
The Haybarn, West Grinstead
Lancing College Chapel, Lancing
Roof Repairs to Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Ashington
St Peter’s Church, Hamsey
Landscape and Gardens
Danegate House, Eridge
Large Scale Residential
Beacon Heights, Haywards Heath
Lavender Fields, Isfield
Wadhurst Place, Wadhurst
Tobias Green, East Grinstead
Walkers Rest, Alfriston
Ship Street, Brighton
Public and Community
The Gateway Project at The Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton
Hastings Central Library, Hastings
The Kai Yong Yeoh Building, Brighton College, Brighton
Small Scale Residential
Marshalls Manor, Horney Common
Watchbell Chamber, Rye
West Street, Ditchling
The Sussex Heritage Person of the Year Award
Neil Holland RIBA ACA