New Forest Building Design Awards 2022 winners announcedPUBLISHED ON: 25 MARCH 2022
Converting an old dairy, restoring a Victorian ice house and adding a modern extension to a 1930s home have all been recognised in the New Forest National Park Authority’s Building Design Awards 2022.
The annual awards celebrate high-quality design and the best new developments across the National Park, with residential and other buildings eligible for an award, as well as conservation projects and ‘green’ buildings.
Cameron’s Cottage at RSPB Franchises Lodge in Landford was awarded Best Green Project winner. The once-derelict estate cottage has been sympathetically refurbished and extended for use as a residential retreat for young people.
The design, by Moorhouse Architecture, incorporates an impressive outdoor classroom, locally-sourced timber, solar panels, sustainable heating, and numerous homes for wildlife including bats and birds.
The judging panel, made up of National Park Authority members, commended the re-use of the existing building, which helped to preserve important local cultural heritage. The panel also praised how the development benefitted the education sector and the wider community.
David Illsley, NPA Policy and Conservation Manager, said: ‘The scheme maximises the use of recycling and locally-sourced materials and provides an exemplar of what can be achieved on rural sites in terms of sustainability and on-site energy production.’
Best Residential Scheme went to Tuckermill House in Boldre for its impressive modern extension which maximises light and views in a 1930s house.
The scheme, by Forest Architecture, allows the Arts and Crafts character of the original home to be seen, while complementing it with a modern timber-clad extension. The finished design includes additional glazing to add light to the interior and was considered appropriate for its setting, with a flat roof overhang reducing upward light pollution.
The Old Dairy in Sway was awarded Best Non-Residential Scheme. The former agricultural buildings at Cook’s Farm were repaired and converted into office space by Hordle-based Tuakana Construction.
The judging panel praised the scheme for keeping the majority of the historic fabric of the existing buildings and for recycling original materials. Hazelwood fencing, sustainable drainage and bat boxes also impressed the panel, who noted the efforts made to enhance the setting of the buildings.
David Illsley added: ‘The scheme retains the rural character of the site and delivers a new purpose for the redundant buildings. This scheme demonstrates the positive contribution conversions can make to the local economy and the character of the New Forest.’
Best Conservation Project went to the Ice House at Beaulieu Palace, a structure dating back to 1870 which had fallen into disrepair. Conservation works by Andrew Waring Associates involved stabilising the Ice House (which was also used as an apple store in the second world war), reforming the arch between the entrance and the dome, and adding a door and interpretation boards.
David Illsley said: ‘The Beaulieu Ice House scheme has restored a listed structure that was on the buildings-at-risk register. The conservation project helps to raise the profile of important heritage assets such as these.’
The Cameron’s Cottage development was also given a commendation in the Best Conservation Project category, for working with the existing building on the site and retaining its character, while bringing it back to beneficial use through a thoughtful restoration.
Gordon Bailey, Chair of the New Forest National Park Authority’s Planning Committee, and a member of the Awards panel said: ‘We always look forward to receiving the entries into this annual competition, and this year’s nominations didn’t disappoint.
‘We were really impressed with the standard of the different designs, which show how high-quality developments can conserve and enhance the New Forest’s special character. As the planning authority, we’re really pleased to be rewarding these outstanding schemes. Well done to all our worthy winners.’
Gavin Parker, Chair of the New Forest National Park Authority, presented the awards at the Authority meeting on March 24. The plaques were made by New Forest company BearWood using sustainable timber.