Former dairy and Victorian ice hut among winners at New Forest National Park Authority’s Building Design Awards 2022
A RESTORED Victorian ice house, a reimagined estate cottage and the conversion of an old dairy were among the projects recognised in the New Forest National Park Authority’s Building Design Awards 2022.
The annual awards celebrate the best new residential and commercial developments, as well as conservation projects and ‘green’ buildings.
Best Conservation Project went to the Ice House at Beaulieu Palace, a structure dating back to 1870 which had fallen into disrepair. Conservation work by Andrew Waring Associates involved stabilising the Ice House – which was also used as an apple store in the Second World War – reforming the arch between the entrance and the dome, and adding a door and interpretation boards.
NPA policy and conservation manager David Illsley said: “The Beaulieu Ice House scheme has restored a listed structure that was on the buildings-at-risk register. The conservation project category helps to raise the profile of important heritage assets such as these.”
A once-derelict estate cottage at RSPB Franchises Lodge in Landford was named Best Green Project after being refurbished and extended for use as a residential retreat for young people.
Designed by Moorhouse Architecture, Cameron’s Cottage – which includes an outdoor classroom – also features locally sourced timber, solar panels, sustainable heating and homes for wildlife.
The NPA judging panel commended the use of recycled and locally sourced materials, and hailed the scheme's benefit to the education sector and local community. The project was also commended in the Best Conservation Project category.
Best Residential Scheme went to Tuckermill House in Boldre for its modern extension which maximises light and views in the 1930s structure.
The scheme, by Forest Architecture, celebrates the Arts and Crafts character of the original home with a modern timber-clad extension. The finished design includes additional glazing to add light to the interior and a flat roof overhang reducing upward light pollution.
The Old Dairy in Sway was awarded Best Non-Residential Scheme. The former agricultural buildings at Cook’s Farm were repaired and converted into offices by Hordle-based Tuakana Construction.
The judging panel liked the retention of the historic fabric of the existing buildings and use of recycled original materials. Hazelwood fencing, sustainable drainage and bat boxes were also commended.
NPA planning committee chair Gordon Bailey, said: “We always look forward to receiving the entries into this annual competition, and this year’s nominations didn’t disappoint.
“We were really impressed with the standard of the different designs, which show how high-quality developments can conserve and enhance the New Forest’s special character. As the planning authority, we’re really pleased to be rewarding these outstanding schemes. Well done to all our worthy winners.”
The awards, featuring plaques made by New Forest company Bear Wood using sustainable timber, were presented at last week’s NPA meeting.