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Author Topic: The Cookham Society Design Award 2018  (Read 229 times)
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« on: March 09, 2018, 12:21:17 PM »

At its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 8th March the Chairman of the Cookham Society, Mr Evert Groeneweg, announced that the winner of the  Society’s Annual Design Award for 2018 was Orchardfields, a newly extended and refurbished dwelling in Bigfrith Lane, Cookham Dean.  Heighway Associates, of Marlow, were responsible for the design.

 The Chairman noted that the Award had been granted in recognition of the excellence of design achieved in meeting the` principles enshrined in the Cookham Village Design Statement. The Society’s assessment was made in consultation with the renowned architect Professor Robert Adam, DipArch RIBA FRSA,  and  concluded that:

“the  Award is given  for the  extension and renovation of a 1920s Tudor style half-timbered house in an open location in Cookham Dean. This is a large extension but fits in well with the existing building, maintaining a low-key approach. The exposed timber features provide continuity and care has been taken to ensure consistency throughout, including the door and window frames.  Seamless continuity with a sometimes unfashionable early-twentieth-century style is unusual and the result is an attractive building which integrates well with the unique green setting and rural character of Cookham Dean (see  Cookham Village Design Statement,  p.58).”

He added that the standard of entries this year had been high and the selection of a winner had not been easy.   However the Society was delighted to show through the Award that the Society is happy to encourage new high-quality construction, while continuing to oppose developments which are considered inappropriate. 

Mr Groeneweg  then invited the President of the Society, Mr John Bowley, to present the Award Certificate to the representative of Mr and Mrs Spray, the owners.  On presenting the certificate Mr Bowley added that a  blue ceramic plaque would follow in due course.
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