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A circular home made from straw bales, a ‘floating’ glazed courtyard within a Grade 1 listed restaurant, and a ‘model’ scheme for future rural housing were among the projects celebrated at the recent Mid Sussex Design Awards ceremony.
The Mid Sussex Design Awards celebrate the best new architectural projects in the area and acknowledge the important role that high quality design plays in enhancing the distinctive character of Mid Sussex. At the recent awards ceremony, which took place at East Court in East Grinstead, the presentations were given by Cllr Andrew MacNaughton, Mid Sussex District Council Cabinet Member for Planning.
The Award winners were:
Residential Extension and Small Works Award – Sussex Bungalow, Ardingly
Small Residential Schemes Award – Tobias Green houses, East Grinstead
Large Residential Schemes (Greenfield) Award – Woodside, Haywards Heath
Large Residential Schemes (Brownfield) Award – Beacon Heights, Haywards Heath
Non-Residential Schemes Award – Gravetye Manor Hotel, West Hoathly
Conservation and Heritage Award – Old Pest House, East Grinstead
Sustainability Award – Strawdust, Bolney
People’s Choice Award – Beacon Heights, Haywards Heath
“These Awards not only send a strong message of what can be achieved but they also demonstrate the importance that the District Council places on design,” said Councillor MacNaughton. “Achieving good design involves a multitude of different considerations. Sympathetic integration and place-shaping are key ingredients both in maintaining and enhancing the landscape and built-up areas. I can confidently say that despite their variety, all of the short-listed schemes presented today contribute positively in these terms which must have resulted in some tough decisions for the judges.”
The Judging Panel, Chaired by Giles Ings RIBA echoed these comments, “In addition to the winners there were exceptional schemes which were commended by the judging panel; highlighting the high quality of entrants and the diversity of building design in the district.”
This year’s awards were supported by Cordek, a local manufacturer of products for the construction industry.
Full details about the Mid Sussex Design Awards 2018 can be found at www.midsussex.gov.uk/designawards.