Best building honoured at heritage awards

The gardens on the King Edwards VII Estate and the Weald and Downland Museum are among the buildings which have won a prestigious prize at the 2017 Sussex Heritage Trust Awards.

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The nationally significant gardens were designed by acclaimed horticulturist, Gertrude Jekyll. Although the gardens had remained largely unchanged, many of the original plans had been lost, and maintenance fell away.

Careful research followed, to include much of the original planning plans and plants in the new restored gardens. Meanwhile the museum scooped three awards for craftsmen involved in the unique roof from 60,000 local English chestnut shakes.

There were 26 Awards and 16 Highly Commended projects announced this year, recognising many find examples of conservation, preservation and rejuvenation projects across the whole of Sussex. Other winners included the Community Playcentre at Walberton where a purpose-designed sustainable community building was created.

The cleaning and restoration of the Market Cross in Chichester was also honoured with a highly commended award in the public and community category, the Hotham Park Café in Bognor Regis won a highly commended award in the commercial category alongside the South Downs Bunkhouse in Arundel.

Over the past 19 years Sussex Heritage Trust has presented over 350 Awards and the Awards scheme is now established as the most prestigious architectural and conservation awards programme in Sussex.

Other winners included the Hound Lodge in Goodwood, which saw the conversion of the late 19th -century kennels into high quality lettable accommodation.

Further winners included mid-scale residential winners, for restoration, conversion or new build of two to ten units, which went to three developments in the Chichester Area: Salterns Reach in Prinstead, The Forge in East Row, Chichester and Stockbridge Place, Chichester.

Chairman, Dr John Godfrey DL, who announced the Awards at the 19th Annual lunch said: “While some projects have been highly visible and well-known, others might have attracted less attention without the establishment of the Awards scheme, which the Trust now runs every year.”

“We are delighted with the response to this year’s Awards schem, reflected in the large number of excellent entries received, and the judges’ comments confirm the high quality of much of the construction and conservation work now going on across Sussex.”