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Grand Designs rewarded in National Park

This is an archived press release

Monday 19 November 2007

19 November 2007

Grand Designs rewarded in Peak District National Park

The Peak District National Park Authority has rewarded excellence in building design with the presentation of its first ever Design Awards.

The awards celebrate the best sustainable and innovative buildings that have enhanced the national park over the past five years.

They all follow principles set out in the Authority’s new Design Guide – an essential, easy-to-read guide for planning applicants, which is packed with pictures of inspiring examples from within the national park.

Barbara Wilson, chair of the Authority’s planning committee, said: “The quality of the entries demonstrate that national park status can encourage the best in creative, sustainable design that harmonises with its setting. We applaud these developers who have combined the contemporary with the traditional to the greater good of the environment and landscape of the national park.”

The overall winner, chosen by an independent panel, was:

  • the Design Museum, café and visitor centre at the David Mellor Cutlery Factory, Hathersage. Designed by Sir Michael Hopkins, it houses a historic collection of David Mellor’s iconic designs for everything from traffic lights to street furniture, and was constructed mostly by hand from reclaimed 150-year-old pitch pine and local stone. It is, said the judges: “A fine design by a fine designer – innovative, empathetic and appropriate.”

The runner-up, with a commendation, was:

  • Frederick’s Gelateria, Bakewell, designed by Adam Bench Architects. This combines a Victorian/Edwardian-style shop-front with a stylish contemporary interior, including dramatic use of steel, glass-floors and natural light on three storeys. “Brilliant use of space and innovative use of light,” said the judges.

Also short-listed were:

  • the Bakewell Army Cadet HQ and adjacent social housing in New Street, (by Allan Joyce Architects), which used local and recycled stone – “well-planned and fits well in the local scene”
  • the restored Carriage House at Thornbridge Hall, Ashford-in-the-Water, with atrium and leisure centre (by Chris Gothard Associates) – “a lovingly lavish restoration and re-use tastefully executed”
  • the Old Garden House, Winster (by Jacqui and Steve Salfield) – “an excellent example of how to transform an ungainly 1960s house into a building that fits well the traditional village character and landscape.”

The judges were: Anne Robinson, former chair of Friends of the Peak District; Derek Latham, architect, urban designer and East Midlands representative of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, and Professor John Tarn, vice-president of Friends of the Peak District, former pro vice-chancellor of Liverpool University and former National Park planning chair.

National Park head of planning Bob Bryan said: “We hope these award-winners will be role-models for future developments. People can find out more about them and about sustainable designs for the 21st-century in the National Park’s new Design Guide, which is being held up as an example of best practice for the rest of the UK by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.”

The Design Guide is available on-line at www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/designguide or in book-form, for £9.99 + postage and packing (call Customer Service on 01629 816200).

The 2008 Design Award competition, to be held next summer, will focus on excellence in craftsmanship.

This is an archived press release

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