School wins city top prize in city design awards

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The planned development at Kingsdown House in Broad Street

The King’s School has won the top prize in the Canterbury Society’s Design Awards – taking the overall winner title and also two others for its Kingsdown House development.

This project successfully combines the sensitive restoration of a Grade II listed former primary school, designed by William Butterfield in 1847, and a striking new building to create a boarding house for girls.

The judging panel thought it an exemplary and intelligent project on all fronts and considered it the clear overall winner.

Kingsdown House in Broad Street also won the categories for New Building in a Conservation Area and Refurbishment. The architects, the London based firm of Walters and Cohen, have a specialist team in the education sector.

Other category winners include a private dwelling at 8 St Peter’s Lane by CPD Architect’s in the New Housing category, The Sibson Building, University of Kent, by Penoyre and Prasad in the New Building outside a Conservation Area category and the Chapter House Pizzeria and Bar by Clague Architects in the Shop Fronts and Signage category.

The awards were made last week in a ceremony at St Peter’s Methodist Church Hall. Plaques were presented to the winners by the society’s president, Ptolemy Dean who also gave an entertaining talk on “Working to SAVE Canterbury’s Heritage”.

Several projects were also highly commended and these included the Butterfly Garden in Pound Lane, St Thomas’s Place Housing in Military Road, Riverside House at 5, All Saints’ Lane, Phase 2 at One Pound Lane, the Cheese Shop in Palace Street and Yo Sushi in Sun Street.

John Yard, a retired architect and chairman of the judges, said: “The awards not only celebrate good built design but also offer lessons for current and future projects that hopefully will enhance the quality of our city and the surrounding villages.

“In times of austerity, it is encouraging to see clients willing to spend money on both the aesthetics and environmental credentials of building projects.

“The awards also show that chains such as Yo Sushi can be encouraged by local pressure to abandon their strident, corporate image in favour of a more restrained aesthetic.”

The Awards are sponsored by Clague Architects, Corinthian land, Anthony Swaine Architecture and Parkers Design and Print.

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