The brick paving in a twitten, an eco-house replacement for some derelict chicken huts, and a development of riverside apartments are among the nominations for Friends of Lewes Design Awards later this year. Twenty small and large developments or building improvements have been nominated to receive an award from Friends of Lewes, the town’s civic society. Those successful will be announced and certificates be presented at a ceremony in May 2019.
Every three years the Friends of Lewes asks its members to nominate new buildings, renovations or other building work in Lewes that they feel to be worthy of recognition. A panel is then appointed to consider those nominations and the successful projects are chosen.
“The aim is not only to acknowledge projects that enhance the local environment and make a positive design contribution to Lewes but also encourage other people who may be thinking of undertaking projects to support high standards of design,” says Friends of Lewes chairman Robert Cheesman, “and, of course, we hope to draw the attention of the wider public to the good things that are being done in Lewes”.
Awards are given to buildings and other projects that are seen as being sympathetic to their surroundings within Lewes, use appropriate materials and demonstrate an impressive quality of work. In previous years the Dial House conversion (which houses Waterstones bookshop) in the precinct, a modern rear extension to a house in Castle Ditch Lane, and The Linklater Pavilion on the Railway Land have been award winners.