Design and conservation champions rewarded

The Seed Store, High Ash Farm Peasenhall, Highly Commended, Conservation and Conversion

The Seed Store, High Ash Farm Peasenhall, Highly Commended, Conservation and Conversion - Credit: Archant

Some of Suffolk’s finest building designs, extensions and conversions have been recognised at an annual awards ceremony.

Dolphin House, Aldeburgh, was Highly Commended in the Design - Extension and Conversion category.

Dolphin House, Aldeburgh, was Highly Commended in the Design - Extension and Conversion category. Bob Page, of Robert Norman Construction Ltd (right), with Hugh Bunbury, of Nicholas Jacob Architects. Photo by Paul Nixon. - Credit: Paul Nixon

More nominations were received for the 2015 Quality of Place Awards than in any of the previous four years the event has been held.

Hosted by Suffolk Coastal District Council, the ceremony honours historic building conservation, outstanding designs and construction for the benefit of the local landscape, nature or community.

District planning chief, Tony Fryatt, was chairman of the judging panel, said: “Since the inception of these awards in 2010, the awards have grown from strength to strength with more nominations than ever submitted this year.

“Once again, the awards have shone the spotlight on quality design and conservation in our area and this year there were some outstanding examples to choose from.

“These awards are about recognising the quality of design and conservation in our area and I hope local people will take inspiration from this year’s entries.”

The awards were presented by district council chairman, Susan Harvey, after being awarded by judges Fiona Cairns, director of Suffolk Preservation Society, John Lamont, local architect, and David Crawford, from the Felixstowe Society.

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The four category winners each received a certificate and bronze Quality of Place plaque.

The 2015 Quality of Place Awards:

Design, Non-residential

Winner: Maritime House, Felixstowe

Design, Residential

Winner: Frith House, Yoxford

Design – Extension and Conversion

Highly Commended: Dolphin House, Aldeburgh

Highly Commended: Rookery Farm, Monewden

Building Conservation – Pure Conservation

Winner: Letheringham Lodge, Letheringham

Highly Commended: Leiston Abbey Farm Barn, Leiston

Conservation and Conversion

Winner: Heveningham Hall Gate Lodges

Highly Commended: The Seed Store, High Ash Farm Peasenhall

Pure Conservation

Winner: Letheringham Lodge, Letheringham

Highly Commended: Leiston Abbey Farm Barn, Leiston

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