i360 and redundant church given prestigious awards

The i360. Photo: Pul Raftery
The i360. Photo: Pul Raftery

The i360 and a listed church picked up major prizes in the 2017 Sussex Heritage Trust Awards.

A record number of Awards were presented at the awards by the President of the Trust, The Rt Hon Lord Egremont DL.

Entrance from Goldstone Villas

Entrance from Goldstone Villas

There were 26 Awards and 16 Highly Commended projects announced this year, recognising many fine examples of conservation, preservation and rejuvenation projects across the two counties of East and West Sussex and the city of Brighton & Hove.

Over the past 19 years Sussex Heritage Trust has presented over 350 Awards and the Awards scheme is now established as the most prestigious architectural and conservation awards programme in Sussex.

2017 winners included the the i360 in Brighton (Marks Barfield Architects), a conversion of a redundant Grade II listed Church into a medical centre in Hove (Deacon + Richardson Architects Ltd) and a beautifully crafted wooden staircase for a family home in Brighton by previous award winner, Jodie Flaherty Rigg from Grain Furniture.

Other winners included the restoration of the Grade II* listed West Blatchington Mill in Hove by Baqus Construction.

The judges particularly noted, and gave a special commendation to Peter Hill from The Friends of West Blatchington Mill, “for their effort, energy and enthusiasm in its preservation, without which the Mill would almost certainly have been lost.”

Chairman, Dr John Godfrey DL, who announced the Awards at the 19th annual lunch, said: “While some projects have been highly visible and well-known, others might have attracted less attention without the establishment of the Awards scheme, which the Trust now runs every year.”

“We are delighted with the response to this year’s Awards scheme, reflected in the large number of excellent entries received, and the judges’ comments confirm the high quality of much of the construction and conservation work now going on across Sussex.”