Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Keith Mans, said: “Our Property Services team is well-known in the industry for its long track-record of award-winning architecture and design. We are constantly improving our buildings, not only to ensure they are sustainable and efficient to run, but also to provide Hampshire’s communities with high quality public buildings, and facilities of which they can be proud.”
The County Council’s multi-disciplinary in-house design team was recognised for excellence in projects ranging from conservation to school refurbishment, and the design of its new restaurant on the beach at Lepe, at the awards ceremony, held on 17 October.
Whitchurch Silk Mill won the Heritage and Conservation award. Renovations and improvements to visitor facilities at the site, the oldest working silk mill in the UK, will help to ensure it can be enjoyed for generations to come. The conservation project at the Silk Mill has previously been recognised by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE).
Robert May’s School in Odiham was highly commended in the School Refurbishment Category. The school received a £7.6 million high-quality expansion project including a vibrant new learning hub, additional external sports facilities, and new and refurbished teaching accommodation.
Runner up in the Small Building category, The Lookout at Lepe Country Park in the New Forest provides a modern, sustainable building which maximises the location’s outstanding views - replacing an old and outdated visitor centre and café. The Lookout has already received awards from RIBA South and the New Forest National Park Design Awards and shortlisted for the Conservation Award by the RICS.
All three projects have been included in the SPACES Yearbook, having been chosen from over 100 entries. This annual publication formally recognises excellence in design and construction and promotes the development of high-quality public buildings.
Previous successes for Hampshire County Council Property Services at the SPACES awards include chartered building surveyor Matt Symonds, winner of the Young Visionary Award 2017; the Wessex Learning Centre, joint winner of the Heritage Award 2017; and Whitehill and Bordon Future Skills Centre, which was highly commended for the Vocational Award 2018.
SPACES is a collaborative multi-disciplinary organisation for building professionals working in and for the public sector.
More information about Property Services: www.hants.gov.uk/business/propertyservices
Further information about the SPACES Awards: www.thespaces.org.uk
(Main picture: Robert May's School)