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Celebrating local grand designs

Posted by Suffolk Coastal District Council on 27 November 2018 | Comments

Suffolk Coastal’s very own grand designs were celebrated at an awards ceremony last week (Thursday 22 November).

The Quality of Place Awards recognises people’s effort to add to the quality of our environment, by creating high quality designs in both the built and natural environment and helping to conserve our historic buildings.

Cllr Tony Fryatt, Suffolk Coastal Cabinet Member with responsibility for Planning and Chairman of the judging panel, said:

“We received a real mix of entries of some very impressive schemes this year. The winners of the awards reflect both modern building designs and historic conversions that all add to the character of our district.”

The winners of this year’s Quality of Place Awards are:


Five Acre Barn by Blee Halligan Architects of London with Contractor Paul Rolph.

The Judges thought: ‘The organic saw tooth roof building form is harmonised by cladding both the roof and external walls with cedar shingles. The exterior is reflected in the shape of the internal spaces which are finished with a carefully designed plywood interior.’

The Black Barn in Dallinghoo was Highly Commended in the Design Category. Architects: Studio Bark, Contractor: Avoncrown.

Building Conservation

Bawdsey Radar Transmitter Block commissioned by Bawdsey Radar Trust, Freeland Ree Roberts, Architects of Cambridge with Contractors Elliston Steady and Hawes Ltd and Concrete Renovations Ltd.

The Judges thought: ‘This project demonstrates what can be achieved with vision and perseverance and is a credit to the years of hard work put in by the volunteers of the Bawdsey Radar Trust. In converting the building to a museum, the assessors were impressed by the approach to the interpretation of the site and choice of exhibits but also the high standard of the facilities. The scheme represents a unique project that also helps to reinforce the Quality of Place embodies in the awards.’

Sibton Gate Lodge by Argus Hardy, Estate Architect.

The Judges thought: ‘This is an exemplary restoration of a Grade II listed lodge. The lodge has been altered and extended almost seamlessly to create a delightful and coherent little piece of architecture. The renovation shows a high commendable approach to architectural conservation.’

Landscape and Nature

Valley Farm Lake, Heveningham Hall Estate by Kim Wilkie (Landscape Designer), Argus Hardy (Estate Architect), Steve Piotrowski (Estate Naturalist) and Guy Newton (Estate Manager). Contractors were Rob and Rowan Orford of Miles Water.

The Judges thought: ‘The new lake will in time form a new mosaic of habitats; these are already attracting new wetland and wading species to the area. This worthy effort to re-instate the Capability Brown landscape has the added dimension of the improved ecological aspect for Heveningham.’

Judging the entries and choosing this year’s winner were:

  • Cllr Tony Fryatt as Chairman Judge
  • Bob Kindred, MBE, Managing Director of Bob Kindred Heritage Consultations Ltd, as Conservation Expert Judge
  • Patricia Shepherd, Garden Designer/Historian - Director ArchitectsTwo Ltd, as Landscape Expert Judge
  • Jan Garfield, Chairman of the Felixstowe Society, as Amenity Society Judge
  • John Lamont, Local Architect and member of RIBA East, as Design Expert

The awards were presented by Suffolk Coastal Chairman, Cllr Nicky Yeo with bronze plaques for the category winners and certificates for the highly commended schemes.

For more information and pictures of the winning designs, go to our Quality of Place Awards page.