Hailsham-based architectural designer Glenn Moore, of GM Moore and Associates, has been named a winner in the category for ‘Small Scale Residential Property’ at this year’s Sussex Heritage Trust Awards.
Glenn received the award for his Wellands project in Laughton, East Sussex. The original brief called for the conversion of a dilapidated milking parlour and creamery, with the addition of a new link structure, to create a two-bedroom dwelling. The project needed to remain in keeping with the local environment, not least because the site abuts the northern boundary of Pound House, a Grade II listed property.
The ‘Small Scale Residential’ category covers a project that can be either restoration, conversion, or new-build and must be one unit. The development must be within a Conservation Area, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on a ‘brownfield site’, or include a Listed Building. It must achieve its brief while enhancing and preserving its character and/or surroundings.
Commenting on the winning project, the judges called it:
“A very good and extremely innovative use of a small footprint, previously occupied by a decaying and ugly farm building, to create a remarkably spacious and airy dwelling over three levels, belying the fairly small and ordinary external aspect.”
Talking about the award, Glenn acknowledged his surprise at being named winner:
“I was delighted, and not a little surprised, to be named a winner in the ‘Small Scale Residential’ category. After thirty years of working on architectural designs you realise that however happy you and the clients are with a project, it will not always catch the eye of the judges.
“Obviously, with Wellands, I knew we had a very successful property – one that reflects both original design brief and the vision myself and the owner had for it. I was particularly pleased that the judges recognised the innovation we brought to this brownfield site.”
Currently in their twentieth year, the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards recognise and reward the highest quality conservation, restoration and good design of newly built projects while encouraging the use of traditional skills and crafts. The awards are judged on a wide range of criteria, including the project’s suitability of purpose, the best use of the site, the quality of workmanship, and suitability of materials used.
The winners were announced at a special luncheon at Pangdean Old Barn, Pyecombe, on 4th July. The event was hosted by President of the Trust, The Rt. Hon. Lord Egremont DL, who also presented the prizes.