Guernsey’s architectual prowess on show at Guernsey Design Awards

May 14th, 2012 by Hamilton Brooke

The Guernsey Design Awards produced two overall winners for two residential properties.

Etoile du Nord and Les Prevosts Farm were chosen to receive the award jointly after the panel of judges were equally impressed with their designs.

Etoile du Nord was remodelled from an existing bungalow on the hillside overlooking Vazon bay, by architects Jamie Falla and Caroline Shortt at BAS Mooarc Ltd. The residential property nestles into the hillside, and its stepped form, layered use of local materials, and partial green roof are designed to merge into the landscape.

The judges were particularly impressed by the locally sourced materials used and that the building had been carefully considered to reduce its carbon footprint.

Mr Falla said “we’re very honoured to accept this award. Etoile du Nord was a challenging project from concept to completion, but the generous clients and the co-operation and hard work of the planning department meant the project was a great success.”

Les Prevosts Farm was originally built in the 17th century and over time had fallen into a semi-derelict condition.

The property was completely repaired and remodelled by Andrew Dyke at CCD Architects, with careful attention given to the original features of the buildings, which the judges appreciated.

“I’m very excited to have won this award for overall winner, jointly with Etoile du Nord. This was a really interesting project as we had the opportunity to bring back to life a building that was really nearing the end of its life and convert it into a lovely modern family home,” said Mr Dyke.

The Norman Piette Contractor’s Award recognising craftsmanship of construction went to Joe Moriarty and Son Ltd for Etoile du Nord and H D Brehaut & Sons for Les Prevosts Farm They were presented with their awards by Clive Fenner, managing director at Norman Piette, sponsor of the awards.

“Etoile du Nord and Les Prevosts Farm represent two outstanding examples of local construction, but it was an exceptionally difficult task choosing between the shortlisted entries as all are a tribute to the quality of the construction industry on the island,” said Mr Fenner.

This year was the first time the Guernsey public were asked to give their opinion on the shortlisted designs and hundreds of islanders took the opportunity to vote for their favourite, for the People’s Choice Award.

Earlswood Café was the clear winner and architects Tyrrell Dowinton Associates and contractors J W Rihoy and Son Limited were presented with the People’s Choice Award and People’s Choice Contractor’s Award by guest speaker Colin Haylock, president of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

The project’s brief was to integrate external areas and provide a relaxing, homely coffee shop. The new building connects to the garden centre and is fully glazed on the north and west sides to allow almost panoramic external views.

“This is our first design award and we’re really thrilled to have won it for Earlswood Café, especially as it was chosen by the public as their favourite.  We wanted to create a central hub for the garden centre and to utilise the area which at the time was not being used,” said Mr Tyrrell.

Colin Haylock, guest speaker at the event, was impressed with the variety of projects in the short-list.

“As an architect and a planner, I really appreciate attending the re-launch of the Guernsey Design Awards and this year there was a great mix of modern and historical projects.

“I’m a great fan of how design awards can congratulate but also encourage people to keep creating great design projects,” said Mr Haylock.

The Guernsey Design Awards were developed by the States of Guernsey Environment Department and The Guernsey Society of Architects (GSA) with the support of RIBA and the awards have been re-launched for 2012 with kind sponsorship from Norman Piette.


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