Monday 11 February 2013
The search is on again for the best new and restored buildings in the Chilterns.
The annual Chilterns Buildings Design Awards competition is seeking entries from home-owners, architects and developers who are proud of the work they have done in the Chilterns. The Awards are offered by the Chilterns Conservation Board and The Chiltern Society, two organisations dedicated to safeguarding what’s best in the Chilterns, one of the most outstanding areas of countryside in England, and to encouraging high standards for new development.
Colin White, Planning Officer at the Conservation Board, said: ‘We want to encourage better building design, and to encourage architects and developers to use traditional, local materials and designs in their work. We are not trying to turn back the clock, or to prevent progress, but we do believe that new buildings in the Chilterns should fit in with the beautiful countryside that’s around them’.
It isn’t just new houses that are eligible for consideration. Industrial and public buildings are also eligible, as are conversions of existing buildings.
Last year an impressive new family home near Wooburn Green in Bucks won the overall award. Other awards went to the old youth hostel in Ivinghoe, now restored back to a family home, a restored shop and offices in Beaconsfield, a small studio in Bledlow Ridge and the new visitor centre at the College Lake Nature Reserve near Tring. Images of these can be seen in the Buildings Design Awards Gallery.