Woodbridge ‘Hands’ and Felixstowe’s Bartlet scoop awards for improving area’s quality
PUBLISHED: 14:17 25 November 2017
Modern building design and sypathetic conversions of historic properties were celebrated at an awards ceremony highlighting the quality of the environment across the Suffolk Coastal area.
An eye-catching metal sculpture outside a town centre church, and the multi-million pound transformation of a former hospital into new homes were among those rewarded for their ingenuity and outstanding design.
Tony Fryatt, council cabinet member with responsibility for planning at Suffolk Coastal and chairman of the judging panel, said: “Once again we received a real mix of entries and our winners reflect both modern building design and sympathetic historic conversions.
“The district is home to a fantastic range of outstandingly designed and innovative buildings and we are proud to recognise these innovative projects through the Quality of Place Awards as they pave the future for design and developments.”
It was the seventh year the district council had held the event. The awards were presented by Suffolk Coastal chairman Chris Blundell with bronze plaques for the category winners and certificates for the highly commend schemes.
The Landscape and Nature Winner was Hands outside Woodbridge Quay Church by sculptor Rick Kirby of East Hertfordshire. The judges said the piece, which as the theme “I hold and am held”, was a “striking addition” to street scene and “has become a talking point with passers-by and visitors and has become known, like Aldeburgh’s Scallop, as Woodbridge’s Hands”,
The Bartlet Hospital at Felixstowe received the Building Conservation and Conversion award. Judges said the project by architects Patrick Allen & Associates Ltd and Gipping Homes (Bartlet) Ltd to create flats in the Grade two star-listed building “sensitivity retained the important character and detail of the listed building whilst providing a modern use for a redundant structure that was slowly falling into disrepair”.
The Pure Conservation Winner went to Church Farm House, Sudbourne, by Nash Baker Architects of London and contractor Wayne Snowling for the restoration of the listed 17th century brick farmhouse, and the Design winner to Plaice Design Co Ltd, Architects of Woodbridge with the Contractor, Bradley Building Company for the radical transformation of a house in Sandy Lane, Woodbridge.