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Sussex Heritage Trust Awards

Two hundred people from Sussex and beyond met at Pangdean Old Barn, Pyecomb (a previous Award-winning building) on Thursday 9th 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.

Arundel Museum was a Winner in the Public & Community category.

The judges’ citation relating to your project was as follows:
Arundel's new Museum perfectly meets its brief, namely 'to create a durable building of quality which responded appropriately to the setting in terms of townscape and history and to budget'  The available space led to a tapered riverside elevation and nautical references, while the walls of flint and brickwork reflect the character of the surrounding built environment.  We regret the use of prefabricated flint panels, rather than authentic flintwork, but the overall impression is not displeasing.  Generally, workmanship is of a high standard and the choice of materials is appropriate.  The displays inside the museum are well-designed and informative, enabling the visitor to gain a real understanding of the town's history.  This significant project was delivered by a dedicated band of volunteers, whose work should be applauded.”

It was also a double win for The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton, near Chichester and ABIR Architects from Hove.

Richard Pailthorpe, Director of the Weald & Downland Open Air 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 £4million Heritage Lottery Award towards its 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.”

ABIR Architects also won in the Small Scale Residential category for Wilbury Lawn in Hove, and Jodie Flaherty Rigg (a joiner who the Weald & Downland Museum 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.”

Find out more about the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards, the nominees and recipients