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Georgian Group Architectural Awards

UK Architecture Prize Winners News

2 Nov 2011

Georgian Group Architectural Awards Winners for 2011

The Georgian Group Architectural Awards, sponsored by international estate agents Savills, recognise exemplary conservation and restoration projects in the United Kingdom and reward those who have shown the vision and commitment to restore Georgian buildings and landscapes. Awards are also given for high-quality new buildings in Georgian contexts and new architecture in the Classical tradition.

The 2011 Awards were presented by Viscount Linley on 31 October 2011.

The judges were the architectural historians Dr John Martin Robinson (Chairman), Professor David Watkin and Emeritus Professor John Wilton-Ely; the architecture critic Jonathan Glancey; Lady Nutting (Chairman of the Georgian Group); Charles Cator (Deputy Chairman of Christie’s International); and Crispin Holborow (Director of Country Property at Savills).

2011 Winning and Commended Schemes

A record eighty entries were received, of which nineteen were shortlisted and eight were selected as award winners. The remaining shortlisted schemes were commended.


JOINT WINNER Easton Neston, Towcester, Northants (Ptolemy Dean Architects for Leon Max) 1702 by Hawksmoor for Fermor-Heskeths, who sold up in 2005. External repairs; restoration where possible of Hawksmoor’s original plan form; removal of tanking and cement render in basement; rebuilding of roof of fire-damaged Wren wing and reinstatement of lost dormers; relandscaping of north courtyard.

Easton Neston Estate, Northamptonshire
Design: Ptolemy Dean Architects
Easton Neston Estate Northamptonshire building
photograph from RIBA
Easton Neston Estate

JOINT WINNER Strawberry Hill, Twickenham (Inskip & Jenkins for The Strawberry Hill Trust) 1750s for Horace Walpole. Building at Risk by 1993. Restoration of fabric, reinstatement of Walpole plan form and decorative scheme. Recreation of selected furnishings, including bespoke damask. External colour scheme reinstated.

COMMENDED Wilton House, near Salisbury, Wiltshire (Coade Ltd, David Mlinaric et al for the Earl of Pembroke) Restoration of cloisters, conservation of stonework and re-display of sculpture collection.


JOINT WINNER Cockermouth Shopfront Heritage Scheme, Cumberland (By and for Allerdale Borough Council) Sensitive local authority-led restoration of shopfronts in Main Street and Market Place following the severe flooding of November 2009. Concerted effort to emerge from the adversity of flooding with a visually enhanced historic centre. Fifteen shopfronts restored to traditional designs by July 2011.

JOINT WINNER 88 Dean Street, Soho (David Bieda et al for Romil Patel) Meticulous restoration of 1791 shopfront, in particular the overpainted and dilapidated gesso fascia board and the damaged fanlight, backed by extensive research, including paint research.

COMMENDED Creative Ropewalks scheme, Liverpool Coordinated grant and enforcement action by Liverpool City Council to rescue and restore disused and derelict Georgian properties in the Ropewalks. Several properties in Seel Street, a notoriously derelict Georgian street with numerous buildings at risk, have been externally restored.


WINNER Greenlaw Town Hall, Berwickshire (Adam Dudley Architects for the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust) 1831 by John Cunningham as Berwickshire Courthouse. Redundant and a building at risk since 2001, now restored and reused as office space for local businesses and a community hall.


WINNER St George’s Hanover Sq, London (Molyneux Kerr Architects for the Rector and PCC of St George’s Church) 1720s by John James. Roof and plasterwork repairs, servicing and lighting renewal, restoration of reredos, cleaning of woodwork, reinstatement of original decorative scheme, restoration of clock faces, restoration of gallery pews with reinstatement where lost.

COMMENDED St Peter and St Paul, Wolverhampton (Rodney Melville & Partners for Roman Catholic Church)1729, oldest surviving post-Reformation public urban chapel for Catholics; disguised as townhouse. Extended and altered 1826 by Joseph Ireland as memorial to Bishop Milner. Blighted by 1960s ring road and at risk of demolition; derelict by late 1980s. Restoration since then, now completed with reorganisation of interior; new altar, confessional and crucifix, the last by Rory Young.


WINNER Boughton House, near Kettering, Northants (The Landscape Agency and Kim Wilkie Associates for Buccleuch Estates) Restoration of the main structure of the canal system, key water and earthworks features and the grand avenues (over a mile of lime avenues using home grown stock has been planted); repair of garden railings and gates; creation of a new formal landscape element, Orpheus by Kim Wilkie.

COMMENDED Hagley Hall, Hagley, Worcestershire (Reading Designs for Viscount Cobham) 1756-60 by Sanderson Miller for Lord Lyttleton. Restoration of 1764 obelisk in park.

COMMENDED Stourhead, Wiltshire (Temple of Apollo) (Caroe & Partners for The National Trust) 1765 by Flitcroft. Reroofing (replacement of 1950s roof, with original shallower dome profile reinstated) and interior redecoration (recreation of lost ‘gilt representation of the solar rays’ described in contemporary correspondence and partly based on a surviving Flitcroft design at Woburn).


WINNER Shilstone Manor, Modbury, Devon (Christopher Rae-Scott for Sebastian and Lucy Fenwick) 1800 remodelling of mediaeval house. Progressively reduced in size during C19 and C20 until effectively a farmhouse. House rebuilt since 1999 with locally quarried stone, using historical research and surviving fabric as evidence. Gardens also recreated.

COMMENDED Mickley Park, near Ripon, Yorkshire: new dower house (Francis Johnson and Partners for Mr Robert Staveley) Dower house on the site of derelict modern farm buildings, as part of the reorganisation of a 140 acre redundant dairy farm. Three-bay two-storey house in rough-coursed stone, Venetian window beneath open pediment, two further Venetian windows to ground floor flanking pedimented doorcase. Relandscaping including new lake.

COMMENDED Ann’s Court, Selwyn College, Cambridge, new accommodation block (Porphyrios Associates for Selwyn College) Forty-room archaeological and student accommodation building. Four-storey, loadbearing dressed brick, arcaded, pedimented dormers below prominent chimneystacks.

COMMENDED Whittlebury Hall, near Towcester, Northants (Peregrine Bryant Architects for Mr and Mrs Colin Lees-Millais) Limewashed house on square plan, three storeys topped with belvedere lit by Diocletian windows, flanking single storey pavilions forming entrance courtyard.


WINNER Richard Green Gallery, 32-33 New Bond St (George Saumarez Smith of Adam Architecture for Richard Green Gallery) Portland stone building in restrained Greek Revival style, the principal decorative elements being incised giant pilasters surmounted by a Greek key frieze and a bas-relief stone frieze of Homeric subjects by Alexander Stoddart. Cantilevered stone staircase, topped by lantern, runs laterally at rear of building.

Richard Green Gallery
photograph : Morley von Sternberg

COMMENDED Old Rectory, Church Langton, Leicestershire (Kitchen extension) (Nick Cox Architects for Mr and Mrs Mark Newton) Single storey brick extension running along side of rectory (1780s, possibly by William Henderson of Leicester for William Hanbury). The extension – conceived as one of a pair, the companion one to follow shortly – is hidden in principal views of the house by existing screen walls.


Dumfries House, Cumnock, Ayrshire (By and for Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust) 1750s by Adam Brothers for Earl of Dumfries. Restoration and conservation of interiors and contents (saved from dispersal in 2007). Recreation of original paint scheme and Adam decorative scheme, recreation of furnishings using archival records.

Previous Georgian Group Architectural Awards have been presented by:

The Rt. Hon. and Rt. Rev. Richard Chartres, Lord Bishop of London (2003)
His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent (2004)
Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra (2005)
His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent (2006)
The Rt. Hon. Lord Heseltine (2007)
The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Dr. John Sentamu, Lord Archbishop of York (2008)
His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester (2009)
Baroness Andrews OBE, Chairman of English Heritage (2010)

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