Ringwood Society was delighted to present its Design and Conservation Awards on 18th October 2023, with three awards being presented by Town Deputy Mayor and Ringwood Society Committee member, Rae Frederick.
The award for Best Residential Project went to Emily and Joe Sturdy for Orchard House, an excellent example of a thoughtful and thorough restoration. Inappropriate paint and poor-quality modifications have been removed, and new timber sash windows have been installed.
On receiving the award Emily said “We are so proud of our new home. It’s been a long road to get it to where it is now. It’s been great uncovering some of its old features and adding some new things too. We are excited for our future at Orchard House and glad we’ve been able to revive it.”
Best Commercial Project was won by The Pour House. Pictured receiving the award are Tina Saddington and Simon Jeanes. Ringwood Social Club closed its doors in 2011, and after 12 years of hard work the building is open and returned to its former glory. This is testament to the determination and drive of Tina Saddington and Helen Homewood.
Helen commented that “it was a wonderful surprise to be a recipient and to have the committee’s hard work and dedication recognised. We hope that The Pour House goes on to be a long-standing integral part of the wonderful community that makes up Ringwood.”
And the winners of Best Community Project were St. Peter and St. Paul Church, South Window Restoration. Pictured are Jacqueline Brown and Roger Dewar from Ringwood Benefice and Emma Mullen of St Ann’s Gate Architects receiving their awards.
After nearly 200 years of weathering the South window stonework had deteriorated to such a degree that the glass was in serious danger of falling out.
Emma Mullen said “The urgent need to make the south elevation structurally sound and watertight provided an exciting and rare opportunity as church architect, to design a new window. The contemporary and simple design sought to enhance that which it replaced; introducing coloured glass and motifs inspired by the New Forest, whilst working within a traditional diamond leaded matrix. It was a pleasure to work with the Parish Church and the experts at Salisbury Cathedral Stained Glass and Colin Avery stonemasons on the successful delivery of this project.”
Jacqueline Brown added “The Parish Church is absolutely delighted to receive this recognition from the Ringwood Society. This was a long and at times arduous project and so we are even more thrilled with the result, and with the number of people from the town who have engaged with it and sponsored panes of glass. It’s good to know that the church is now weathertight for the next hundred years!”
Alex Bancroft from the Ringwood Society Committee explained, “All our winners show the desire and drive to restore and bring back to life buildings of historic importance within the town. Our awards aim to recognise the thought, attention to detail and efforts of those involved. Nominations are now open for the Design and Conservation Awards for 2024”
More details about the winners can be found at www.ringwoodsociety.org.uk/awards