The 2010 Georgian Group Architectural Awards

Posted in the 18th century in the news by Editor on December 13, 2010

As noted at the Georgian Group’s website:

The 2010 Architectural Awards were presented by Baroness Andrews OBE, Chairman of English Heritage, on 3 November. The judges were Dr John Martin Robinson (architectural historian and historic buildings consultant); Lady Nutting OBE (Chairman of the Georgian Group); Professor David Watkin (Emeritus Professor of the History of Architecture, University of Cambridge); Charles Brooking (architectural historian and founder of The Brooking Collection); Charles Cator (Deputy Chairman, Christie’s International); and Crispin Holborow (Director of Country Property, Savills).

Our Architectural Awards, sponsored by international estate agents Savills, recognise exemplary conservation and restoration projects in the United Kingdom and reward those who have shown the vision and commitment to restore Georgian buildings and landscapes. Awards are also given for high-quality new buildings in Georgian contexts and new architecture in the Classical tradition.

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Restoration of a Georgian Country House

  • Winner: Buckland House, Faringdon, Oxon (Edmonts of Swindon for Summerstone Assco SA) — 1757 by John Wood the Younger. Conservation of stonework and comprehensive restoration of interiors.
  • Commended: Sandridge Park, Stoke Gabriel, Devon (Watson Bertram & Fell for Mark and Rosemary Yallop) — 1805 by John Nash. Restoration since 2006 including rebuilding part of the house removed in the 1950s, removal of a 1980s glass pitched roof and 1980s garage, filling in of indoor swimming pool and re-creation of 1805 conservatory (lost in 1930s) using contemporary engraving.

Commended: 810 Tottenham High Road, London, 1715

Restoration of a Georgian Building in an Urban Setting

  • Winner: Buckingham Palace, Quadrangle (Martin Ashley Architects for Royal Household) — conservation of the east elevation of the quadrangle, including pediment containing Edward Baily’s 1827 Nine Muses tympanum sculpture, designed for the end gable of Nash’s south range and reused within Blore’s east range when that was added in 1847. Removal of paint and cement mortar, piecing in of new Caen stone.
  • Winner: Lancaster House, London SW1 (Feilden & Mawson/Triton Building Restoration for Foreign & Commonwealth Office) — 1825. Façade cleaning, stone repair and redecoration, new lead weatherings and replacement wooden garden gates reusing original ironmongery.
  • Commended: 42 King Street, Thorne, Doncaster, Yorks (Russell Light for South Yorkshire Building Preservation Trust) — 1747 merchants’ house, in state of collapse when acquired by trust in 2005. Refenestration, removal of cement render, reroofing, repair of surviving interior fitting and replacement where lost.
  • Commended: 810 Tottenham High Road, London N15 (Butler & Hegarty for Haringay Building Preservation Trust) — 1715, part of earliest pair of Georgian townhouses in London (No808 was restored 2002/3 and received a Georgian Group award). Derelict and building at risk for 25 years. Stabilised, shops in front yard removed, street elevation and roof fully restored and reinstated.
  • Commended: 55-57 Westgate Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (GWK Architects for Newcastle Arts Centre) — 1750 townhouse. Reinstatement of lost stone façade at ground floor level, lost dormers and sash windows, reroofing and interior refurbishment.

Reuse of a Georgian Building

  • Winner: Dandridge’s Mill, East Hanney, Oxfordshire (LAPD for Hallidays Developments) — 1820s silk mill, derelict by 2007 when bought by current owners and now converted to apartments. Mill pond reused to generate hydro-electricity for the development, by means of an Archimedes Screw.

Restoration of a Georgian Church

  • Winner: St Alkmund, Shrewsbury (Arrol & Snell for Church of England) — Multi-phase church, nave and chancel 1790s by John Carline in Gothic idiom. Extensive repair and restoration of cast iron traceried windows and boundary railings, all cast at Coalbrookdale; restoration of 1790s east window by Francis Eginton; new slate roof; and repair of fixtures such as Carline’s altar table.

Commended: Queen Anne’s Summerhouse, Old Warden Park, Bedfordshire, 1712

Restoration of a Georgian Garden or Landscape (includes garden buildings)

  • Winner: Valentines Park, Ilford (Richard Griffiths Architects for London Borough of Redbridge) — Restoration of Rococo garden built by Robert Surman, deputy cashier to South Sea Company. Rescue of octagonal dovecote, silted-up Long Water, shell grotto, garden walls and flint alcove seat, all on verge of being lost.
  • Commended: Chillington Hall, Codsall Wood, Staffs – the Dovecote (Horsley Huber Architects for Mr and Mrs John Giffard) — 1730 brick octagonal dovecote, centrepiece of service courtyard. Ruinous condition. Reinstatement of lost oak roof, cupola and windows.
  • Commended: Lytham House, Lancs – the Privy (By and for Heritage Trust for the North-West) — Early C19, brick in Gothic style. Partly collapsed and at risk by 2008, conservatively repaired and rebuilt inside and out with project used to teach traditional building skills.
  • Commended: Queen Anne’s Summerhouse, Old Warden Park, Beds (The Whitworth Co-Partnership for The Landmark Trust) — 1712 rubbed-brick folly on Shuttleworth Estate. Converted to Landmark Trust letting property. Comprehensive restoration using traditional methods.

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The photos used above are all drawn from The Georgian Group Blog. Information about the Georgian Group awards for new buildings projects in the classical tradition can be found here»

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