Hunt is on for area’s best heritage project

Springfield Orchard House in Crawley SUS-150903-151944001
Springfield Orchard House in Crawley SUS-150903-151944001

Hidden achievers in outstanding building, conservation and restoration work are encouraged to enter awards which celebrate their projects.

The Sussex Heritage Trust Awards recognise and reward designs which are ‘for the future and respect the past’.

Chairman Dr John Godfrey launched the 17th annual awards at one of last year’s winners, Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft.

“We are looking for both new buildings and conventional buildings, refurbishments of old buildings, places that are innovative but in keeping with the area and look natural,” he said.

The awards recognise use of traditional skills and craft as well as newly built projects.

Dr Godfrey added the awards are seeking commercial, public and community buildings which make ‘a real contribution to the landscape’, Entries must be submitted by April 10, with winners announced at Pangean Old Barn, London Road, Pyecombe at 12.30pm on July 9.

A 2014 winner in the Small Scale Residential Award category was the Springhill Orchard House in Weirwood, Forest Row. The property was constrained by the footprint, mass and form of a ‘chicken shed’ previously occupying the site becoming a new two storey building exemplar in low energy and sustainable housing.

For more information and an application form, visit: www.sussexheritagetrust.com, or email info@sussexheritagetrust.com or phone 01243 576524.