Record number of entries for Chilterns’ Buildings Design Awards 2017
There were some very strong candidates for this year’s Chilterns Buildings Design Awards, which received the most entries for a decade. The eight shortlisted developments were visited by a team of expert judges in early May to view the properties in person and decide which best matched the awards criteria.
The Awards are run annually by the Chiltern Society and the Chilterns Conservation Board to recognise outstanding building design in the area and to encouraging high standards for new development.
The overall winner was the Hundred Hills Vineyard in Stonor Valley, designed by Nichols Brown Webber of Henley. It was chosen because it significantly enhances the site and locality, completely harmonises with its setting, uses high-quality local materials and pays special attention to very good detailing and above all because of its relationship to the special character of the Chilterns.
A Highly Commended award will be given to Jestico & Whiles of London for a domestic project, House 19 in Amersham, which is completely carbon neutral, uses local materials and achieves a cool and contemporary effect whilst still being very much part of the Chilterns. The details are of the highest standard.
Nichols Brown Webber of Henley will receive a Commended award for a new art, music and resource centre at Shiplake College, as will Danks Badnell of Windsor for an interesting domestic development in Frieth which successfully combines two disparate buildings. Both these projects have strong eco credentials.
The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 15 June. The winner will receive a plaque and the runners up will be awarded certificates.