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New Forest’s best new buildings announced

New Forest’s best new buildings announced

The New Forest is well known for its free roaming animals, wide open heathland and ancient commoning traditions.

But the area’s distinctive and attractive buildings also make an important contribution to its unique character. The special character and appearance of the New Forest National Park can be maintained and improved through sustainable, fresh and interesting building design.

To celebrate this, the annual New Forest Building Design Awards recognise the best new developments from the previous three years. The winners are chosen by a panel of National Park Authority members and announced at the March Authority Meeting.

The winner of the individual building category was Mill Stream in Burley, a detached property that was adjudged to blend in well with its rural surroundings. Its owners are Anna Lawrence and Chris Walter and it was designed by Sherlock Architecture.

The winner of the extension category was Stuckton Farm in Stuckton. Its owner Paul Allen and Architect Maughan Architecture were commended for constructing a high-quality wood-framed conservatory that enhances the character of the thatched cottage that it has extended.

All winners received engraved wooden trophies, produced by New Forest Marque members Pigshed New Forest, who are based near Boldre.

Leo Randall, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority’s Planning Committee said: ‘Hundreds of planning applications are submitted in the National Park each year – with more than 80% 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 the National Park and would like to thank all the residents, parish councils and architects for nominating projects for an award.

‘We were delighted 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.’

For more information on the Building Design Awards visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk.

Picture caption:

(left to right) Anna Lawrence, owner of Mill Stream; Stuart Wilson, Dwell Projects; Samantha Warman, Oliver Crosthwaite-Eyre, New Forest National Park Authority Chairman; Chris Walter, owner of Mill Stream; Jane Keningley, Sherlock Architecture; Rebecca and Paul Allen, owners of Stuckton Farm. 

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.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Matt Stroud, Communications Officer
New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650
Email: matt.stroud@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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