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Peak designs win praise from judges

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Tuesday 30 September 2008

30 September 2008

Peak designs win praise from judges

Craftsman Robin Wood working on Golden Clough bridge
The best in countryside design and craftsmanship have been celebrated by judges in the Peak District and South Yorkshire Countryside Awards 2008.

The awards, jointly-run by the Friends of the Peak District/Campaign to Protect Rural England (South Yorkshire) and the Peak District National Park Authority, highlight the most impressive new buildings, structures and amenities in the area.

The judges were looking for projects that are well-designed, skilfully-constructed, creative, informative and sensitive to their special environment.

Friends of the Peak District/CPRE (S. Yorks) chief executive Carol Robinson said: “These outstanding projects blend innovation and sustainability with traditional designs and materials. They add to the beauty of the landscape and stand as beacons for others to follow.”

National Park Authority chair Narendra Bajaria said: “I’m delighted that people can use, learn from and enjoy these winning schemes. Through our Design Guide, we aim to encourage designs, materials and craftsmanship that enhance the national park and will be appreciated by future generations. These are excellent examples of the high standards that can be achieved.”

The awards will be presented by TV presenter Julia Bradbury, president of Friends of the Peak District/CPRE (S.Yorks), and National Park chair Narendra Bajaria at The Workstation, Paternoster Row, Sheffield, on November 18.

They are:

Awards for Countryside Design  (presented by Friends of the Peak District):

  • Moorland Discovery Centre, Longshaw (near Grindleford).

A learning and interpretation centre built by the Moors for the Future Partnership and National Trust, using natural timber to echo its woodland setting. Judges praised its bold, airy, adaptable design and environment-friendly energy measures, including a ground-source heat pump, sheep’s wool insulation and maximum use of natural light.

  • Golden Clough footbridge, Grindsbrook (near Edale).

Hand-carved by Edale craftsman Robin Wood (a previous award-winner), the bridge is built from a single sweet chestnut which grew near the site. Judges said it “excelled in design and appeared to grow organically out of its landscape...not only supremely functional, but beautiful and entirely in sympathy with its setting.”

Award for Craftsmanship (presented by the Peak District National Park Authority):

  • Wellhead Barn, Ashes Farm, Derwent

The restoration of this working barn by the National Trust and its farm tenants involved a team of stonemasons from Hardwick Hall and ensured the survival of a traditional farming craft. The judges praised “exemplary standards of craftsmanship lovingly lavished on this humble building,” so that it remains an important feature of the Derwent Valley landscape.

Commendations for Access and Interpretation (presented by CPRE - South Yorkshire/Friends of the Peak District):

  • Village Green, Grenoside, Sheffield

Judges commended the community effort, design and execution of this village green, which gives a focus for gatherings, a meeting place and tranquil space. Its planting scheme enhances biodiversity, and information boards tell the story of Grenoside.

  • High Rake Lead Mine, near Great Hucklow

Peak District Mines Historical Society volunteers spent eight years unearthing these historic 19th century lead mine remains from under a former rubbish tip. Judges praised their achievement, which included the installation of walkways and information panels detailing lead-mining’s central importance in Peak District history.

The judging panel, chaired by Christopher Pennell, was: Peter Knowles (architect), Patrick Strange (historic buildings), Adrian Tissier (interpretation and education), Crys Kraik (landscape architect), Graham Woods (structural engineer and design), Pauline Beswick (education and interpretation) and John Sewell (historic buildings).

Fore more details contact Friends of the Peak District at or 0114 266 5822. For the National Park Design Guide: or call 01629 816200.

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