Awards for Chichester’s heritage feats


FOUR firms in Chichester have won Sussex Heritage Trust Awards.

Southend Barns wedding venue in Donnington picked up an award in the commercial category.



Owners Mariella and William Fleming were delighted to have won the award after the panel of judges was impressed with their green business ethos and the sympathetic restoration work completed in May 2012.

Mariella said: “We would like to say a massive thank you to all the local contractors and
artists who helped us renovate Southend Barns, as well as our hardworking team who make the venue so special.”

Goodwood Motor Circuit Race Control Building was also a winner in the commercial category, as judges said it was of ‘international importance’.

Architectural practice jbA from Chichester were awarded the prize for best small-scale residential project.

jbA’s winning project was a Grade II Listed building, which is believed to date back to the 17th century and is located within the South Downs National Park.

Working with contractors RW Complete, the historic significance of the building was kept in constant consideration throughout all the design elements of the project, using natural and traditional materials wherever possible and with minimal impact on the existing structure.

John Brown, managing director of jbA, said: “The ‘small-scale residential’ category that our project was entered into was extremely competitive this year, so it is a great honour to receive this award as testimony to the hard work, attention to detail and skilled craftsmanship that went into the project by all those involved.”

And the Sunken Gardens at West Dean picked up an award in the landscape and gardens category.

Lord Egremont presented the awards to the winners on July 3.