Design to fit in with beauty

This controversial building in Cinque Ports Street in Rye was an award winner in 2016

The Sussex Heritage Trust’s annual awards have been launched with a call for new entries for the prestigious architectural and landscape scheme which supports excellence in conservation, restoration, and the good design of newly built projects, whilst also encouraging the use of traditional skills and crafts.

This year the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) will sponsor a brand-new award, the South Downs Design Award, which provides an opportunity to promote outstanding design in a nationally designated landscape. This coveted award will go to a project that clearly demonstrates a positive contribution to the South Downs National Park, including schemes that have conserved and enhanced the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area.

The Awards call for entries across nine categories from residential to public and community to ecclesiastical to building crafts and previous years have seen winners from the Rye area. Last year saw a total of 25 Award winners, of which eight featured in the South Downs National Park including the Historic Stew Ponds Project at Arundel Castle and West Dean College Roof Restoration at West Dean College of Art and Conservation – and Highly Commended projects included two projects in Lewes, the Alistair Fleming Design Showroom and Jamie’s Farm.

The Sussex Heritage Trust Awards will be taking entries until Friday March 26 and winners of the Awards receive a hand-crafted slate presented by the President of the Sussex Heritage Trust, The Rt Hon Lord Egremont DL on Wednesday July 14. For an entry pack and to enter the Awards please go to the website  or

David Cowan, Chairman of the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards Committee, said:
“Sussex Heritage Trust is delighted to welcome the South Downs National Park Authority as an Awards partner to help us highlight outstanding design in the South Downs in Sussex. I would like to thank all our sponsors: The Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust, Savills, Covers, Harveys Brewery, The Ian Askew Charitable Trust, Pilbeam Construction, RH and RW Clutton, Toovey’s and now the South Downs National Park Authority for their support of our Heritage Awards.”

Tim Slaney, Director of Planning at the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “We’re excited to be supporting these prestigious awards. High-quality design matters to the National Park and to the local communities within it. That’s why we’ve created a template for design excellence in our Local Plan, encouraging architects and builders to use this diverse landscape as a compass for great design. We look forward to seeing the variety of entries that showcase the first class built environment in the National Park”.

Source: Sussex Heritage Trust

Image Credits: Sussex Heritage Trust .


  1. Do the unaffordable houses in Cinque Ports Street have any relevance to this article or is the editor’s random choice?.


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