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Friday, November 01, 2013

Winners of the 2013 West Lancashire Design Awards are announced

A conversion scheme which turned a former pub into three cottages is one of the winners in the 2013 West Lancashire Design Awards.

West Lancashire Borough Council asked the public for nominations in February and judging on shortlisted schemes took place recently. The categories were:

  • New residential developments
  • Conversion of existing buildings
  • Commercial (non-residential) schemes
  • Sustainable ‘Green’ building design
  • Landscaping schemes

Judges were so impressed with the high standard of development this year they gave out eight awards, including the five category winners and three further commendations.

Councillor Martin Forshaw, portfolio holder for Planning and Development, said: “These awards promote the importance of good design and show the Council’s commitment to working in partnership 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 architect’s, owners and contractors have produced very high quality results. We should also not underplay our Officers role in that process in helping to bring forward successful schemes.”

The winners are:

Residential category winner is The Old Dog, Alma Hill, Up Holland, which involved converting a vacant Grade II ‘listed’ public house into three cottages. The judges particularly liked how the scheme designed by Schofield Design Associates was sensitive to the character of the building and used high quality materials both on the inside and on the exterior of the building. 

A commendation was also given out in the residential category to the development of 17 new dwellings at Elmstead, Tanhouse, Skelmersdale, which was built on behalf of the Council.

Renovation/Conversion category winner was also won by The Old Dog, Alma Hill, Up Holland. 

A commendation was given in this category for the adaptation of St James School, School Lane, Westhead which involved the provision of new classroom/teaching accommodation within the roof space of a Grade II listed building.

The Commercial category winner is The Hub at Edge Hill University. The judges felt the bespoke and innovative design by ABW Architects Ltd, successfully blended the old original fabric of the university into a newly created social space resulting in an outstanding new building for the university and the wider area.

A Commendation was given in this category for new West Lancashire College building in Skelmersdale

The Sustainability ‘Green’ category award was given to the West Lancashire College building in Skelmersdale. The new college building designed by RMJM architects has achieved a rare BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating with sustainability being a key element in the buildings design. To achieve this high standard the design includes a number of environmental solutions including a sustainable drainage system (SUDS), grey water collection from the roof and low energy use.

The Landscaping category winner has been given to the eastern campus extension at Edge Hill University. The judges felt the landscape treatment of the new eastern campus was of a very high standard. The creation of a new lake augmented by the mature planting provided an attractive focus for this part of the campus and helps deliver a sense of place.

Please visit our website Design Awards 2013 page to see photographs of some of the award-winning buildings.


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