Winners for Southend 2018 Design Awards announced

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is delighted to announce the winners of the 2018 Southend Design Awards.

The scheme, which has been running since 1994, was set up as a means of recognising and encouraging excellence in design and conservation projects across the Borough and continues to draw in a wide variety of quality schemes.

The 2018 Awards were recently judged by an independent panel of assessors which comprised representatives from The Royal Town Planning Institute, The Royal Institute of British Architects, The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and South East Essex Archaeological Society.

Cllr John Lamb, Leader of the Council, said: “The Design Awards are a fantastic way of showcasing the very best of design throughout the Borough. This year, there were a number of really special schemes, with competition from truly high-quality design projects.

“We would like to thank everyone who entered for making this year’s such a big success.”

Prizes were awarded to the following developments:

Overall Winner and New Build Award – White Heather House - HARP Women’s Refuge

Architect – SKArchitects

Client – HARP

Contractor – SKArchitects

The judges said: “The buildings are simple but the attention to detail and sustainable construction both contributed to achieving an overall high quality project. It is evident that the scheme has been life changing for the residents and that the design played a significant role in achieving this.”

New Build Award – Baseline, Highlands Boulevard

Architect – Russ Drage Architects

Client – 08 Property Services Ltd

Contractor – AW Hardy & Co Ltd

The judges said: “This proposal has made clever use of an awkward site. The flat roofed designed and feature splayed bay windows work well to minimise the impact on the surrounding development whilst also contributing to an interesting and classy modern design.”

Small Projects Award – Waterloo Villas, Leigh Hill

Architect – SKArchitects

Contractor – Cherryred Contracts Ltd

Client – Caneleigh

The judges said: “This proposal has achieved a good balance between traditional and modern design in a sensitive area. The craftsmanship on this project is evident in the use and application of materials and is a major factor in its success.”

Conservation Award – Avenue Road Baptist Church extension and remodelling

Architect – Lewis Patten

Contractor – TJ Evers

Client – Avenue Baptist Church

The judges said: “The seamless integration of this extension with the existing historic building was impressive and the extension has achieved its objective of enlivening the street scene, making the building appear more welcoming and creating a new flexible space for the whole community”

Public Space Award – The Lagoon

Architect – SKArchitects

Client – Southend-on-Sea Borough Council & Stockvale Group

Contractor – Mott MacDonald

The judges said: “This project has created a new attraction for the town which has more than just novelty value. The design is simple but effective and that its popularity is a tribute to its success as a place.”