Search is on for best buildings in West Sussex

THE hunt is on to find the best restored building in West Sussex.

The Sussex Heritage Trust Awards recognise and reward designs which are ‘for the future and respect the past’.

Chairman Dr John Godfrey launched the 17th annual awards at one of last year’s winning buildings, Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft.

“We are looking for both new buildings and conventional buildings, refurbishments of old buildings, places that are innovative but in keeping with the area and look natural,” he said.

The awards recognise use of traditional skills and craft, as well as newly-built projects. Dr Godfrey added the awards are seeking commercial, public and community buildings which make ‘a real contribution to the landscape’ .

“It has never been more relevant in 2015 to ‘design for the future and respect the past’,” he said.

Entries must be submitted by April 10, with winners announced at Pangean Old Barn, London Road, Pyecombe, at 12.30pm on July 9.

Chairman of the awards committee Violet Hancock said: “There are so many vibrant things in Sussex and this celebrates that.Past winners have been residential, large schools, churches, renovations, public and community buildings. We’ve had windmills, water features, factories, anything.”

Dr Godfrey thanked judges, trustees and sponsors for their support at the launch.

Ditchling Museum of Art and Craft on Lodge Hill Lane hosted the event after winning the Public and Community category in 2014.

A 2014 winner in the Commercial Award category was Goodwood Motor Circuit Race Control Building.

Judges described it as: “An excellent refurbishment and highly innovative restoration of an iconic building using modern technology and design without losing the building’s character and essence”.

Another 2014 winner in the Small Scale Residential Award category was Upper Farm House, Bepton, Midhurst.

For more information and an application form email or phone 01243 576524.