2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards scheme. Launched in 1998, the first event saw 60 guests attend the lunch. Demonstrating the importance of this prestigious architectural and conservation programme in Sussex, 2018 saw 75 entries and 240 guests attend the ceremony on Wednesday July 4.
President of the Trust, The Rt Hon Lord Egremont DL, presented 23 awards to winners and 25 Highly Commended certificates at Pangdean Old Barn, Brighton, representing the highest quality new build, and conservation and rejuvenation projects across the two counties and the city of Brighton & Hove.
An award winner was Trevor LLanwarne for a private home in Rye, Watchbell Chamber, submitted by John D Clarke Architects. This was a complete restoration of a dilapidated Grade II listed house which had been used as a solicitor’s office for over 150 years, together with providing a new balcony overlooking Rye Harbour. The judges said, “This was an exemplary and imaginative transformation of an everyday solicitors’ office into a delightful private house. The detailing and workmanship was to an exceptionally high standard as was the level of archaeological investigation and the sensitivity with which the different periods of the house were handled.”
Chairman Dr John Godfrey DL, who announced the awards at the 20th annual lunch, says “The Trust continues to go from strength to strength, consolidated by the success of the Awards scheme. Thank you to everyone involved in this success particularly our platinum sponsors: Gatwick Airport Limited and The Hans and Märit Rausing Charitable Trust.”
Source: Sussex Heritage Trust
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