The project was commended in the South East region at the Civic Trust Awards ceremony held this year at Winchester Guildhall, and presented by TV’s Restoration Man, George Clarke.
Councillor Mel Kendal, Executive Member for Economic Development, said: “This commendation is very well deserved by the Property Services team. They consistently produce excellent standards of work, such as designing and building modern and award-winning Hampshire schools, as well as work for external clients such as Winchester Cathedral - which generates income to help support County Council services. I’m sure thousands of young people will benefit from the learning opportunities at this new building.”
Property Services were commissioned by The Dean and Chapter of Winchester Cathedral to design a new multi-functional learning centre to accommodate up to 120 students within the Cathedral Close. The design work needed to be sensitive to the historic surrounding, as the whole site is designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and surrounding buildings are Grade I listed.
The Learning Centre sits within the garden of 10A The Close, and uses sustainable materials, such as handmade clay tiles for its large sweeping roof, whilst the oak framed structure beneath uses wood from wind blown trees near Basingstoke. The building is surrounded by a contemporary version of an Apothecary’s Garden with plant and herb species that would have been grown there for medicines and balms in monastic times.
The Civic Trust Awards was established in 1959 to recognise outstanding architecture, planning and design.