William Stansell Awards 2018 Winners
Six Somerset building projects have won prestigious awards for the exceptionally high standard of their design and craftsmanship.
The winners of the William Stansell/Somerset Building Preservation Trust Awards were announced at a special ceremony at the Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury, on Thursday September 20.
Russell Lillford, chairman of the Somerset Building Preservation Trust said: “A total of 25 entries were received this year, all of a very high standard. I congratulate to all those who have won awards or have been commended – theirs is a considerable achievement.”
The panel of judges headed by architect John Beauchamp, looked at projects involving the alteration, conversion or repair of historic buildings, carried out in the county in the past two years. They placed entries into four categories – Churches, Conservation, Public Buildings and Residential.
The Awards are named after the late William Stansell, founder and Chairman of the Stansell Group. His great love was the conservation and repair of historic buildings. The main sponsor is Tauntfield Ltd (the Stansell family company) and the Awards were presented by his grandson James Holyday, Director of Summerfield Developments (SW) Ltd.
Watchet Visitor Centre & Boat Museum – COMMENDATION
Apologies: all the Onion Directors are in London - meeting with our two architects for the East Quay development.
Owner: Onion Collective CIC
Designer: Louise Crossman Architects / Invisible Studio
Contractor: Barrat & Canniford
Secondary Owner: Watchet Town Council
The simple, unobtrusive and well-designed extension has transformed the Boat Museum into an attractive Visitor Centre and adds a fresh, contemporary element to the townscape. The impressive community effort to achieve this has great potential to be a catalyst for further changes in Watchet.
Church House, Crowcombe - COMMENDATION
Owner: Peter Menneer
Designer: Architectural Thread
Contractor: Corbel Conservation Ltd
A project to complete repairs to this village community’s church house incorporated careful research and assessment followed by high quality, well-executed external conservation of the stonework. The result has transformed the building and has greatly enhanced the sensitive centre of the village.
Threshings/Maltings, Key Farm - COMMENDATION
Owner: Michael & Lindsey Whittick (Maltings), Simon & Rebecca Bridgford (Threshings)
Designer: Robert Smith (Alan Young Ltd)
Contractor: Darren White
In this project for the conversion of a large, former flax barn into two houses, the sub-division has been designed to respect the form and character of the building and makes interesting interiors incorporating some full-height spaces and retained original surfaces. Some good workmanship and sensible decisions about the exterior spaces add to the quality of the result.
Honeywick, Castle Cary - COMMENDATION
Designer: Studio Mark Ruthven
A project to repair and extend a small and very sensitive 18th century house has been achieved through a series of small additions that do not overwhelm it. The contemporary design to the converted outbuilding, the glazed link and new kitchen together with a carefully considered interior are particularly successful.
The Old Parish Church, Long Load - COMMENDATION
Owner: Suzanne and Graham Weekes
Designer: John Wratton and Graham Weekes
Contractor: Graham Weeks
This interesting conversion of a redundant church is a good example how large-volume buildings can be successfully re-used as comfortable family homes without destroying the character of the original. The result is a sensitive scheme that combines thoughtful design and good workmanship inside with careful respect for the exterior and its churchyard.
St Peter’s Church, South Barrow - COMMENDATION
Owner: The PCC, St Peter’s Church c/o Mr Peter Jackson
Designer: Beech Tyldesley Architects
Contractor: McNulty Lyons Ltd
This project was to re-order a very small village church to function as both church and village hall. Thoughtfully designed with some well-executed workmanship to introduce new facilities, the bold decision to use the church to create such an asset for the village has been well rewarded.
St Mary’s Church, Bridgwater - COMMENDATION
Owner: PCC Bridgwater St Mary’s Church
Designer: Mark Richmond Architects
Contractor: Ellis and Co.
Project Architect: Benjamin + Beauchamp Architects
This interior re-ordering project involved the removal of pews, re-laying the floor on a single level, new lighting and addition of kitchen and storage facilities in order to develop the use of this large church. The beautiful new floor, the imaginative lighting and the clever movable pews are particularly successful.
St John’s Church, Staplegrove - AWARD
Owner: PCC of St John’s Staplegrove
Designer: Chedburn Dudley Architects
Contractor: Wrencon Ltd
The project involved repair and re-ordering of the interior of this largely 19th century church. The scheme combines well-considered decisions on the arrangement of a new kitchen area and storage spaces with good design, excellent workmanship, materials and finishes. The choice of furniture deserves particular praise.
The result is exemplary; calm, restrained and uncluttered.
The Rib, Wells - AWARD
Owner: Messrs D Morgan-Hewitt & P Dickinson
Designer: Beech Tyldesley in association with the Owner
Contractor: Ellis & Co in association with others
The project involved repair, conservation and re-ordering of a complex and architecturally significant house with some new uses carefully inserted into existing fabric. A combination of excellent materials, workmanship and finishes with a good understanding of the building and what was needed without doing too much has resulted in a functional and beautiful set of interiors.
Cedars Hall - AWARD
Owner: Wells Cathedral School
Designer: Eric Parry Architects
Contractor: Shaylor Group
An excellent example of an uncompromisingly contemporary building fitted comfortably into a sensitive historic setting. The concert hall is beautifully wrought; stylish, technically superb and attractive both outside and in, relating well to its surroundings especially on the entrance and cricket field sides.
Jordans Shell Aviary - AWARD
Owner: Speke Family Trust
Conservation Adviser: Humphries & Jones Ltd
Contractor: Humphries & Jones Ltd
Specialist contractor: Holy Well Glass Ltd
The project was to repair the extraordinary interior of this unusual 18th century pleasure garden building once associated with Jordans, the house demolished in the 1960s. It is a triumph both in the understanding and reinstatement of the complex interior of shells, fossils, geological samples, bird aviaries and water features and the skill displayed in its conservation and repair.
Manor Farm, Tellisford - AWARD
Owner: Roger and Judith Stephens
Designer: Bruges Tozer Architects
Contractor: Mr J Blagdon
Specialist Contractors: Minerva Stone Conservation Ltd, Brockweir Glass
The project involved the rescue of a neglected farmhouse and complex of associated buildings. The repairs and re-ordering have been carried out with considerable dedication and the investigative research, design, materials and execution are all of a consistently high standard.
Somerset Rural Life Museum Project - AWARD
Owner: Estelle Gilbert for Somerset County Council
Designer: Robert Battersby - Architecton Ltd
Contractor: Ken Biggs Contractors Ltd
Specialist Contractors: Mike Stone Lighting, ARM Enterprizes Ltd
The project involved developing and re-presenting the collection, incorporating the former farmhouse into the exhibition area and integrating new education facilities alongside conservation, repairs and re-ordering. The result is a dramatic transformation, successfully integrating several disparate elements with clarity, with excellent materials and workmanship. New spaces and the new building are beautifully designed and detailed to enhance the setting of the barn where the repairs and lighting scheme are exemplary.
The Somerset Building Preservation Trust would like to thank Summerfield Developments Ltd, The South West Heritage Trust, Mendip District Council and South Somerset District Council for sponsoring this year’s awards, and Somerset Rural Life Museum for hosting this year’s award event.
The winners of the William Stansell/Somerset Building Preservation Trust Awards were announced at a special ceremony at Hauser & Wirth Art Gallery, Bruton on Thursday September 8.
Russell Lillford, chairman of the Somerset Building Preservation Trust said: “We are delighted at the growing success of these building awards which aim to highlight the positive contribution that well designed and conserved buildings make to their surroundings.
“Eleven entries were received this year, all of a very high standard. I congratulate to all those who have won awards or have been commended – theirs is a considerable achievement.”
The panel of judges headed by Jeremy Gould, formerly professor of architecture at Plymouth University, looked at projects involving the alteration, conversion or repair of historic buildings, carried out in the county in the past two years.
The Awards are named after the late William Stansell, founder and Chairman of the Stansell Group. His great love was the conservation and repair of historic buildings. The main sponsor is Tauntfield Ltd (the Stansell family company) and the Awards were presented by James Holyday, Director of Summerfield Developments (SW) Ltd.
Halswell Rotunda, Halswell House, Goathurst, Nr Bridgwater
Owner: Edward Strachan
Designer: Claire Fear, Architectural Thread Ltd, Wellington
Contractor: Corbel Conservation, Taunton
Barford Park, Spaxton, Nr Bridgwater - Commendation
Owner: Donald and Bee Rice
Designer: Ptolemy Dean Architects Ltd, London
M&E Consultant: CBG Consulting Engineers, Oxford
Structural Engineer: Andrew Waring Associates, Romsey
Ecologist: James Johnston Ecology, Coleford
Contractor: Ken Biggs Contractors, High Littleton
The Summerhouse (Billiard Room), Taunton - Commendation
Owner: Richard Moore
Designer/Project Manager: Richard Moore
Contractor: Richard Moore
Specialist contractors: Clinton Alexander, Wellington (glazing and leadwork); Tom Leeming of Abbey Conservation, Churchinford (limeworks conservation); Tank Adams of M Adams Historic Joinery Conservation, Wellington (joinery)
Bathealton Court, Bathealton - Commendation
Owner: Mr & Mrs D Hugh-Smith
Designer: Jonathan Rhind Architects, Taunton
Contractor: Westcott Construction Ltd, South Molton
Specialist contractors: Sean Wheatley Ltd, Combe Martin (lime plaster, internal plasterwork); Hugh Harrison, South Molton (timber conservator)
Methodist Rooms, Ilminster
Owner: Mr Robert Doak
Designer: Chris Baranowski
Contractor: Mr Robert Doak
St Cuthbert, Wells
Owner: The PCC of St Cuthbert, Wells
Designer: Benjamin and Beauchamp Architects Ltd, Wedmore
Contractor: Ellis & Co (Restoration and Building Ltd)
Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton - Award
Owner: Hauser & Wirth Somerset
Designer: Luis Leplace, Paris; Benjamin + Beauchamp Architects Ltd, Wedmore (conservation architects)
Project Management and Quantity Surveyors: Jackson Coles LLP, London
Contractor: Emery Bros Ltd, Bath
Shanks House, Cucklington - Award
Owner: Sophie and Roland Rudd
Designer: Ptolemy Dean Architects Ltd, London
Landscape Designer: Tom Stuart-Smith Ltd, London
M&E Consultant: Blair Thompson Consulting Engineers, London
Structural Engineer: Elliot Wood Partnership, London
Contractor: R Moulding & Co (Salisbury) Ltd, Salisbury
Church of St Peter and St Paul, Maperton - Award
Owner: The PCC of St Peter and St Paul, Maperton
Designer: Philip Hughes Associates, Wincanton
Contractor: T A Green Builder, Wincanton
Specialist contractors: Salisbury Cathedral Stained Glass, Salisbury (glazing repairs and cleaning); Humphries & Jones, Crewkerne (light fitting refurbishment)
Poulett Monument, Church of St George, Hinton St George - Commendation
Owner: The PCC of St George, Hinton St George
Designer: Philip Hughes Associates, Wincanton
Contractor/specialist conservator: Humphries & Jones, Crewkerne
Church of St John the Baptist, Yeovil - Commendation
Owner: The PCC of St John the Baptist, Yeovil
Designer: Benjamin + Beauchamp Architects Ltd, Wedmore
Contractor: Sally Strachey Historic Conservation, Lower Godney, Wells
The Somerset Building Preservation Trust would like to thank Summerfield Developments Ltd, The South West Heritage Trust, Mendip District Council and South Somerset District Council for sponsoring this year’s awards, and Hauser Wirth Somerset for hosting this year’s award event.
AWARD WINNERS 2014Repair to medieval house - Court Farm, Preywater Road, Wookey.
Tower restoration - St Michael's Church, North Lane, Othery.
Enrant and architects: Beech Tyldesley, Heritage Courtyard, 17D Sadler Street, Wells.
Tel: 01749 673565
Repair and renovation - Durslade Farmhouse, Dropping Lane, Bruton
Entrant: Hauser and Wirth Somerset, 23 Savile Row, London
Tel: 01749 814068
Housing scheme incorporating part of the old building - former Wells and District Hospital (The Mews) 1-15, The Mews, Bath Road, Wells.
Entrant and architects: David Brain Partnership, Ralph Allen's Townhouse, 2 Church Street, Bath. Tel: 01225 445055
Refurbishment of Priory Barn - Somerset Cricket Museum, 7 Priory Ave, Taunton.
Entrant and architects: Stone and Partners, Saxum House, 4 Billetfield, Taunton
Tel: 01823 337211