Sussex Heritage Trust Awards 2020

We won two Awards at this year’s Sussex Heritage Trust Awards held on 25 November, with a third project being Highly Commended.

The Sussex Heritage Trust was established in 1977 as a charity ‘to preserve, improve and encourage the appreciation of the architectural and natural heritage of Sussex’.  The charity’s Awards ‘are designed to recognise and reward the highest quality conservation, restoration and good design of newly built projects while encouraging the use of traditional skills and crafts’.

There are nine categories of Awards with the winners in each receiving a hand crafted slate plaque to be attached to the winning project.  Other projects in the category may also be Highly Commended.

Owing to COVID-19 and the national restrictions, this year the Awards were announced in a virtual awards ceremony, introduced by Lord Egremont, President of the Sussex Heritage Trust, with Award winners and Highly Commended projects announced by the Chairman, Simon Knight.

Our work involving the extensive conservation and repair of the roof to the House at West Dean College was a winner in the Public & Community Award category.  The judges said “Superb restoration of an historic building using appropriate traditional materials.  Excellent detailing and craftmanship.  Close attention paid to future maintenance coupled with innovative and safe ladder access to all roof space.”

We are delighted that the Trust has recognised everyone’s hard work on this prestigious project.

You can read more about the project here.

Click here for information about West Dean College.

We had two projects entered in the Small Scale Residential Award category with the conversion and internal alterations to a grade II listed mill in West Sussex winning an award.  The judges said “The architects have succeeded in re-establishing and maintaining the industrial heritage of the mill by the use of contemporary materials and techniques.  Of particular note was the black metal framed glazing which had been used to divide the internal space (whilst retaining the large open industrial fee of the building) and the successful concealment of modern services”.

You can read more about the project here.

The extension to a 17th century grade II listed Sussex farmhouse was Highly Commended, with the judges commenting “a well-considered and executed extension with fine detailing, particularly in the leadwork”.

You can read more about the project here.

If you would like to talk to us about a potential project, please contact us.

Click here for more information on The Sussex Heritage Trust.