Award Winners 2014

As those of you who attended our AGM in June will know, we had a good crop of Nominations this year. However, the Committee were unanimous in our choice of winners and we were pleased that the standard of schemes in each of the categories this time.

The Main Environment Award went to the new Housing at Sulgrave Gardens off Shepherds Bush Road. This is a 30 unit mixed tenure scheme for Octavia Housing and designed by Cartwright Pickard Architects. We looked at it last year but it was not finished. It is particularly interesting because the scheme has been developed on PassiveHaus principles which means the units are extremely energy efficient. Apart from that it is a very well considered scheme and quite moderate density. Not everyone loves the design nor the external sliding shutters, but they are distinctive. Apparently the feedback from residents is good, especially their very low energy bills!

The Nancye Goulden Award for smaller schemes went to Temple Lodge/The Gate Restaurant in Queen Caroline Street designed by Nicolas Pople Architects. Some of you may already be familiar with the vegetarian restaurant and the convent behind which is also a hostel (with charming garden) and was formerly the studio of local artist Frank Brangwyn. The whole frontage onto the street has been redesigned and rebuilt, incorporating a chapel and new entrance to the rest of the complex which has been refurbished. The Committee applauded the unusual and original design of the street frontage.

The Conservation Award went to The Grotto in Stamford Brook Road. This is the charming and very quirky flint fronted house next to the former Duchess of Cambridge pub. (There is a companion piece hidden behind Rylett Road). This house had been delightfully and lovingly restored with some subtle changes to give it a new lease of life by its current owner, Victoria Rigby. The attention to detail and use of correct materials is excellent and the wild flower planting in the front garden and gravel drive set off the house perfectly. Other nominations for awards included 10 and 27 Hammersmith Grove, housing to replace the Oxford and Cambridge Pub, housing at Havilland Mews off Stowe Road, new classroom at John Betts School in Ravenscourt Road, Ashlar Court housing in Ravenscourt Gardens, the new housing and welfare facilities in Bloemfontein Road – known as The Bloom, timber infill extension in Dorville Crescent, the restoration of the shop windows to the Tile Shop in Goldhawk Road, the restored interiors of the Apollo. Some of these were not finished and may be revisited next year where they will compete with what promises to be a bumper crop. Also we still have no award category for interiors.

Wooden Spoons were awarded to the huge advertising hoarding (now removed) in the Talgarth Road, ongoing problems with unsatisfactory tree pits, and the principle of gated housing developments.