A SUSSEX Heritage Trust Award has been awarded to Chichester-based building company Chiverton for its work on the Goodwood race control tower.
The accolade was announced at the 16th annual lunch by chairman of the trust Chris Gebbie and presented by the Rt Hon Lord Egremont DL, president of the trust on July 3.
The Sussex Heritage Trust Awards are designed to reward quality restoration, and encourage the use of traditional skills and crafts.
Chiverton’s work on the project was selected because of its ‘careful enhancement and preservation of the building’s original character and archetypal status’.
Although not listed, the control tower is said to holds a great deal of nostalgia for avid racegoers. Built during the second world war, the tower was first used as the circuit office in 1948.
The project, which was funded by Swiss bank Credit Suisse, required the building to be brought up to date and refurbished throughout by Chiverton, working in conjunction with architects Beardsmore Associates.
Throughout the works, the Chiverton team were working only yards away from the active race circuit, so were very careful not to interrupt events, or cause any hazards to the drivers and cars.
A new steel structure was inserted inside the existing walls and a new roof and decking were fitted.
A new external bar was also a part of the contract, with its angled roof and wood decking, making it a feature of the enclosure. A full commercial kitchen was also installed, allowing the client to serve some hundred plus covers on a daily basis.
With its prime position overlooking the pit straight, the tower now holds driver briefings, the Credit Suisse Historic Racing Forum, as well as VIP events. At the official opening of the newly refurbished tower, racing legend Sir Stirling Moss donated historic memorabilia to bury in a time capsule, which Chiverton covered with a purpose built shaft and half ton stone cover.
Simon Lewis of Chiverton, said: “We are thrilled to have won these awards and to once again be recognised by the high standards set out by the Sussex Heritage Trust.”
Established in 1945, Chiverton has extensive experience across a wide range of contracts covering residential, community and commercial projects. The company has built for the public and private sector, including major capital works ranging from offices and schools to community centres and village halls.
Chiverton has won a number of Awards over the years, including previously winning other Sussex Heritage Trust Awards in 2003, 2006, 2008 and last year in 2013, when it won a record five Awards for its commercial and residential work.