Thursday 12 July 2012
A very impressive newly-built family home in Littleworth Common near Wooburn in Buckinghamshire has won this year’s Chilterns Buildings Design Awards.
The awards are organised jointly by the Chilterns Conservation Board and the Chiltern Society to recognise high quality design and construction in buildings in the nationally-important landscapes of the Chiltern Hills.
This year’s winner, Horseshoe Hill House, was built for Malcolm and Beverley Heald and designed by Chris Gregory from Danks Badnell architects. The house has commanding views over the Thames Valley and is close to Burnham Beeches. It is surrounded by a formal garden with terrace and swimming pool, and yet retains a strong feel of a family home.
"This is a superb, perfectly-executed building which has taken full account of its setting in the landscape, created the right building for the site and produced a lovely and uplifting home," said Richard Wheeler, Chairman of the judging panel.
Chris Gregory is the only architect to have designed two overall winning entries in the Awards – he designed Holmwood House in Knotty Green which won in 2008.
Two Highly Commended awards were given out. A small brick and flint studio built in the garden of a house in Bledlow Ridge near High Wycombe was admired by the judges as a charming addition to the main house. It is being used as an office and guest accommodation. The other Highly Commended award went to 37-39 London End in Beaconsfield, two adjacent listed buildings that have been restored and extended and are home to a Farrow and Ball paint shop. The original shop front has been reinstated and a contrasting modern extension added at the rear.
The restoration of an historic building in Ivinghoe near Tring received a Commended Award from the judges. The Old Brewery House was built in the 18th century as a family home and in 1936 was sold to the Youth Hostel Association. After many decades of use as a youth hostel it was sold to private owners a few years ago and has now been sympathetically restored to reflect its origins as a Georgian family home.
Finally, the judges awarded a Special Commendation to the Berks Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust's new Visitor Centre at College Lake Nature Reserve near Tring. "We felt this is a really engaging, well-judged and welcoming building which takes full account of its setting, is subservient to the site and leads the visitor into the secret landscape beyond," said Richard Wheeler.