Sussex Heritage awards


Sussex Heritage awards


Pilbeam Construction have been awarded a Sussex Heritage Trust Award for the construction of the new restaurant at Gravetye Manor the luxury country hotel and Michelin starred restaurant at West Hoathly. 



The bespoke project provided a new restaurant, with increased covers and outstanding views of the gardens, a basement and a new kitchen at the Grade 1 listed building during a 4 month shutdown period in 2018. The project has now won two construction awards as well as a number of hotelier and restaurant accolades.

Pilbeam Construction also won a Sussex Heritage Trust Award for an extension providing a club room and changing facilities to Petworth House Real Tennis Club. The club, located on the Petworth Estate adjacent the Grade 1 listed Petworth House, won the Public and Community category.


The Sussex Heritage Trust Awards recognise and reward the highest quality conservation and restoration, and the design of newly built projects, recognising the use of traditional skills and crafts.


Simon Pilbeam, MD of the Sussex based contractors said “We have been supporters of the Sussex Heritage Trust for a number of years and we are delighted that two of our projects have received recognition for the quality and craftsmanship of the work that we deliver.”


The judges’ comments on Gravetye Manor …….

“This had the 'wow' factor, not from its impact but from the seamless integration with the Grade I building and listed gardens.  Elegant without being overstated and subservient to its surroundings.  Lucky diners and enjoy everything that is special about Gravetye Manor.”



The judges’ comments on Petworth Real Tennis Club ……….

“On a restricted site and joining one of the most important country houses in England, the architects and contractors have achieved a superb result, meeting all the aspirations of the interested parties and making extensive use of locally sourced materials.”



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