On Thursday 22nd November Suffolk Coastal celebrated the best in Grand Designs of Suffolk with an award ceremony.
The Quality of Place Awards recognises people’s effort to add to the quality of the environment, by creating high quality designs in both the built and natural environment and helping to conserve our historic buildings.
In the category of Building Conservation the winner was Bawdsey Radar Transmitter Block commissioned by Bawdsey Radar Trust, Freeland Ree Roberts, Architects of Cambridge with Contractors Elliston Steady and Hawes Ltd and Concrete Renovations Ltd.
The Judges thought: ‘This project demonstrates what can be achieved with vision and perseverance and is a credit to the years of hard work put in by the volunteers of the Bawdsey Radar Trust. In converting the building to a museum, the assessors were impressed by the approach to the interpretation of the site and choice of exhibits but also the high standard of the facilities. The scheme represents a unique project that also helps to reinforce the Quality of Place embodies in the awards.’
Cllr Tony Fryatt, Suffolk Coastal Cabinet Member with responsibility for Planning and Chairman of the judging panel, said: “We received a real mix of entries of some very impressive schemes this year. The winners of the awards reflect both modern building designs and historic conversions that all add to the character of our district.”
So well done to all those involved with Bawdsy RADAR Trust, including long term Chair Mary Wain who stepped down on completion of the Project , who have worked so hard over the years to raise funding for the vision and to raise the profile of the development of RADAR and its importance, and have seen the restoration project through to completion.
Other winners included:
DESIGN: Five Acre Barn by Blee Halligan Architects of London with Contractor Paul Rolph.
The Black Barn in Dallinghoo was Highly Commended . Architects: Studio Bark, Contractor: Avoncrown.
BUILDING CONSERVATION: Sibton Gate Lodge by Argus Hardy, Estate Architect.
LANDSCAPE & NATURE: Valley Farm Lake, Heveningham Hall Estate by Kim Wilkie (Landscape Designer), Argus Hardy (Estate Architect), Steve Piotrowski (Estate Naturalist) and Guy Newton (Estate Manager). Contractors were Rob and Rowan Orford of Miles Water.