Winners receive design awards


Published Monday 27 March 2017

Designers and owners of the New Forest’s best new developments have been presented with building design awards.

The New Forest’s distinctive and attractive buildings play an important role in its unique character. So the National Park Authority’s Building Design Awards aim to celebrate high quality new developments and the contribution that good design makes to the Forest's character.

The winners were presented with their engraved wooden awards at a full Authority meeting on 23 March.

The individual building category went to chartered surveyor Robert Davis for Naboths Vineyard, Minstead. The panel noted that this house’s simple design epitomises Forest character. The use of traditional materials and its scale and positioning on the plot all contribute to the traditional character of this cottage-style dwelling.

The panel also issued a certificate of high commendation to Woodis (correct), Setley, also submitted by Robert Davis, which is clad in timber to mirror the woodland surrounding the property.

In the extension category the award went to Dr Mo Chawdury & Miss Jane Sweet, owners of The Cottage, Redlynch. This extension is exceptionally well detailed and complements the character of the main cottage.

The best larger development was presented to Mr Ewan Green from Archardia Architects and Mr Michael Mintram from Hanover Housing for The Boltons, Lyndhurst. The panel noted that the detail of this scheme is exceptional and it makes the most of a constrained site. They said the landscaping of the scheme had been carried out to a high standard and it should be praised for complementing the character of the existing town centre.

Pat Wyeth, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority’s Planning Committee, said: ‘Around 1,000 planning applications are submitted in the National Park each year – 84 per cent of which are approved - and as the planning authority we appreciate the importance of good design in the National Park.

‘We are pleased to be rewarding buildings that have been positively received by those living in or visiting the National Park and would like to thank all the residents, parish councils and architects for nominating projects for an award.

‘We were pleased with the quality of buildings put forward and the panel felt that the winning schemes make a positive contribution to the character of the built environment of the New Forest. Congratulations to all the winners.’

The Building Design Awards will open for nominations again later this year, with details announced first at

Notes to Photo Editors

Left to right: Robert Davis (architect of Naboths Vineyard and Woodis), Mo Chawdury & Jane Sweet (owners of The Cottage, Redlynch), Ewan Green (Archadia) & Michael Mintram (Hanover Housing) for The Boltons, Lyndhurst, collect their awards from National Park Authority Chairman Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre.

Notes to Editors

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect.
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

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