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Double Sussex Heritage Awards Win For Weald & Downland Museum & ABIR Architects

By 20 July 2015January 11th, 2021No Comments

The Museum and ABIR Architects from Hove, enjoyed double success at the recent 2015 Sussex Heritage Trust Awards.

Two hundred people from Sussex and beyond met at Pangdean Old Barn, Pyecombe (a previous Award-winning building) on Thursday 9 July to hear the results of this year’s Awards scheme and to witness the presentation of plaques and certificates to the Award Winners and Highly Commended projects by the President of the Trust, The Rt Hon Lord Egremont.

Wilbury Lawn in Hove was a winner in the Small Scale Residential category for ABIR Architects and Jodie Flaherty Rigg (a joiner the Trust had worked very closely with over many months) was a winner in the Building Crafts category.

The judges’ citation relating to these projects was a follows:

Small Scale Residential:

“A project to join a ground floor and first floor flat – a clever solution to using spaces once occupied by bathrooms in both floors. A staircase designed as a piece of furniture that makes using a staircase an experience rather than just a means of changing levels. A deserving Award-winner.”

Building Crafts:

“The staircase bas been very skillfully and painstakingly constructed to more than exceed the client’s expectations. A delight to the eye and deserving of an Award for the craftsman.”

Richard Pailthorpe, Director of the Museum, was awarded Sussex Heritage Person of the Year for his work in the rural heritage and museum world.

The Museum has been successful in receiving a major £4 million Heritage Lottery Award towards our Gateway Project, which includes the construction of a new visitor centre, café, shop as well as an education and community space, and three new interpretation galleries designed by ABIR Architects.

Commenting on the Awards, Richard said:

“We are delighted to be working with ABIR on the Gateway Project and these Awards have been a great incentive to both organisations.”