September 6th, 2016

Celebrating Stratford-on-Avon’s best buildings

Updated: 4:02 pm, May 07, 2015

THERE were many success ‘storeys’ to be told as some of the best building projects in the district were honoured.

Stratford District Council’s Building Excellence Awards saw an independent judging panel – made up of business development director, Mike Swatton, chartered architectural technologist, Mick Price and property developer, Clive Powles – select a shortlist from more than 2,000 projects completed in the district over the last two years.

And builders, architects and owners of developments gathered on Friday afternoon (April 17) as the winners were finally revealed during the special ceremony, which was held at the Town Hall.

The awards – which involved buildings that had been inspected by the authority’ building control team – not only celebrate building excellence, but also recognise team working, sustainable design and technical innovation.

They are also designed to demonstrate excellent practice across a range of buildings – from major and minor commercial work to the construction of new homes, conversions, domestic extensions and sustainable developments.

Stratford-based architectural design company Design Visual Ltd was the biggest winner on the day – scooping four of the 11 prizes on offer for Best New Dwelling, Best Large Domestic Extension, Best Major Domestic Project and Best Barn Conversion.

And following on from its £1.8million overhaul, Stratford ArtsHouse – formerly Stratford Civic Hall – won the title of Best Major Commercial Work.

Quinton Primary School in Lower Quinton picked up Best Public Building while Fourteas in Stratford was awarded the Best Minor Commercial Project.

The winning projects and those highly commended:

Best Small Domestic Extension: Yew Tree House, Halford. Highly commended – 11 Buttercup Way, Stratford

Best Large Domestic Extension: 2 Spernal Lane, Spernal. Highly commended -16 Redlands Crescent, Stratford

Best Major Domestic Work: West Ridge, Ilmington. Highly commended – Forge Cottage, Lower Brailes

Best Loft Conversion: Woodlands, Kitebrook. Highly commended – Wedgewood, Long Compton

Best New Build Single Dwelling: Famington Farm, Bidford. Highly commended – The Great Rough Brow, Little Compton

Best New Domestic Development: Leys Farm, Barton-on-the-Heath. Highly commended – Fulready Farm, Fulready

Best Public Building: Quinton Primary School, Lower Quinton.

Best Minor Commercial Project: Fourteas, Stratford. Highly commended – Heritage Motor Museum, Gaydon.

Best Major Commercial Work: Stratford ArtsHouse. Highly commended – Gaydon Test Centre, Gaydon.

Best Sustainable Dwelling: Colemans Hill Farm, Mickleton. Highly commended – The Lanterns, Tiddington.

Stratford Artshouse won the Best Major Commercial Work award. Image courtesy SDC. (s)

Quinton Primary School scooped the Best Public Building prize. Image courtesy SDC. (s)

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