A building scheme which turned a former DIY store into a pub is one of the winners of the 2015 West Lancashire Design Awards.
The awards acknowledge and promote the importance of good quality development and building design. They show how well-designed buildings and places can greatly improve our local environment and contribute to a sense of place.
West Lancashire Borough Council staff asked the public for nominations earlier this year and judging took place in five categories: New residential developments; conversion of existing buildings; commercial developments; sustainable building design; and landscaping.
Judges were so impressed with the high standard of entries this year they gave seven commendations as well as the five category winners.
Councillor John Hodson, portfolio holder for Planning, said: “The Design Awards show the Council’s commitment to working with owners and architects to raise the standard of development and improve the appearance of the Borough’s environment.
“The award winners are all examples where the time and effort put in by the architects, owners and contractors have produced high quality results. We should also not underplay our Officers role in that process in helping to bring forward successful schemes.”
The Court Leet pub in Ormskirk won the renovation/conversion category. Harrison Ince Architects and JD Wetherspoon, who operate the pub, were praised for the way the project lifted this area of town. The open plan layout and creation of an attractive first floor terrace and outdoor seating area at the former Best’s DIY store give good views to customers. Judges gave a commendation to the conversion of Smithy Nook Barn, Drummersdale Lane, Scarisbrick, which involved turning a barn into a home.
Winner of the commercial category was the development of Creative Edge at Edge Hill University. Judges felt the innovative design by ABW Architects Ltd provided an attractive new focus for the eastern campus. Buildings nominated for this category were of such a high standard judges also gave commendations to the West Lancashire Youth Zone, Skelmersdale; the IVF Clinic; Wrightington; Booths’ Store, Burscough; and the Salt and Liquor Bar, Derby Street, Ormskirk.
The Residential Award was won by Narrow Lane Farm, Narrow Lane, Aughton. The building is a contemporary eco-design from Studio Verve Architects and the judges particularly liked the simplicity of the concept and the high quality execution of the new house. A commendation was also given in this category for the extension at Quarry Farm, Pinfold Lane, Scarisbrick.
Narrow Lane Farm also won the sustainability ‘green’ category award. The building has a number of sustainable measures including a ground source heat pump, solar panels and a mechanical ventilation heat recovery system to reduce heat loss.
The Landscaping Category Award was given to Coronation Court, a retirement living development by McCarthy and Stone. Judges felt the resident gardens were attractive and had been implemented to a high standard. A commendation was also given to the remodelling of a landscaping bed in Victoria Park, St Helens Road, Ormskirk. The scheme commissioned by the Council’s Planning Services creates a new setting to a listed water fountain.
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