Sussex Heritage Awards

A&F Pilbeam Construction Ltd are delighted to announce their recent wins at the Sussex Heritage awards ceremony on Wednesday 4th July at Pangdean Old Barn.

2018 is the 20th year of the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards, which are designed to recognise and reward the highest quality conservation, restoration and good design of newly built projects while encouraging the use of traditional skills and crafts.

Two of their projects – Flats 1-9 Ship Street, Brighton, and the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum received awards. Ship Street won the Mid-Scale Residential Award whilst the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum won the Public & Community Award.

The flats at 51 Ship Street Brighton are in a Grade II listed building, located within the Old Town Conservation Area, which was damaged extensively during a squatter occupation. The exterior building fabric had badly deteriorated causing the property to be identified as a building at risk. Works were carried out to restore, refurbish and convert the property to residential use.

The Gateway Project, Weald & Downland Living Museum at Singleton provided two new buildings located at the entrance to the museum and providing 850sq/m of space comprising entry facilities, a retail space, three orientation and interpretation galleries, a café, kitchens, community space and other ancillary accommodation. The project utilised many traditional materials and techniques, such as oak framing, local clay roof tiles and timber shingles, intertwined with modern products such as a bio-mass boiler and a green roof.

Simon Pilbeam, MD of the Sussex based contractors said…

“We have been supporters of the Sussex Heritage Trust for a number of years and we are delighted that two of our projects have received recognition for the quality and craftsmanship of the work that we deliver.”

The judges’ comments on Ship Street…

“It was very informative to have before and after photos. It was a long-term and as a result the interior was in an appalling state. Today the front elevation is pristine, the ground floor in an upmarket restaurant and the upper floors converted into flats of a high standard. The building is now a credit to the city and an exceptionally high quality refurbishment.”

The judges’ comments on Weald & Downland Open Air Museum…

“Superb and welcoming space, thoughtfully reflecting the site and the features of the Weald and Downland Museum. Beautiful texture and materials, wonderful feeling of light and space. Excellent in all ways!”