This week, we had the great pleasure presenting awards to the owners, architects and builders of the three successful entrants for this year’s award. Two design projects were awarded a winner’s plaque and the third received a highly commended certificate. The event took place at Incurvo, Goring on Thames, designed by Adrian James Architects of Oxford. The judges selected Incurvo as a beautiful and unique structure which significantly improved the previous use of the site. The highest quality materials were used and the property was designed to be virtually carbon neutral. The landscaped gardens considerably enhance the house with its curving forms, whilst the careful positioning of trees and other features allows stunning views of the Chiltern countryside beyond.
Knight Architects of High Wycombe, who specialise in bridge design, were presented with the second plaque. This new footbridge is an important part of the regeneration of Taplow Riverside. Crossing the river from Taplow Riverside to Ray Mill Island, the bridge neatly solved the problem of lack of access to the Thames from the Taplow area. The structure is a highly attractive addition to what was previously a run-down industrial area and a valuable new public amenity.
A highly commended award was presented to Dock Farm near Princes Risborough for a restoration project on a Grade II Listed 17th century farmhouse. This was designed by DP Architects of Watlington who carried out restoration and improvements to the building which had fallen into a state of dilapidation. The judges awarded this development for its rigour and restraint along with the meticulous care of the works carried out. The farmhouse retains its simple Chilterns rustic character.
The Buildings Design Awards are run in partnership with the Chiltern Society and the Chilterns Conservation Board.