Devon Historic Buildings Trust Conservation Awards 2019; Winners Announced.

The Devon Historic Buildings Trust Conservation Awards ceremony, took place on 17 October 2019 at Ocean Studios, The Royal William Yard, Plymouth; a previous winner of the awards. The awards were presented by the Lord Lieutenant of Devon, David Fursdon, Esq. who commended the quality of the shortlisted projects and commented that it was evident that teamwork had played an important part in achieving the end results.

The Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site Office were delighted to hear that two commendations and one win were secured by historic buildings in Tavistock. Set within "Area Ten" of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site, Tavistock is Devon's only World Heritage Site Town.

Mark Kingscote Chairman of DHBT says, “We were delighted with the range of entries which covered all aspects of conservation and showcased the professional skills that we are fortunate to have in Devon.  It is also gratifying to see that the owners of historic buildings in the County are prepared to accept the best advice and employ the most skilled tradesmen to complete the work whether it is their home or a commercial building.”  

The outcome in each of the four categories

Category A – Repairs to an historic building or structure

Winner - St Nicholas Priory, Exeter

St Nicholas Priory Exeter.

St Nicholas Priory, Exeter

Commendation: 1 Church Lane, Tavistock

Category B - Restoration of an historic building or structure

Winner: Whiddon Park House, Chagford

Whiddon Park House , Chagford

Whiddon Park House, Chagford

Commendation: The Pannier Market, Tavistock

Category C – New build structure in an historic setting including an AOB or Conservation Area (Sponsored by Tozers of Exeter)

Winner: All Saints Church Hall, Sparkwell 

All Saints Church Hall , Sparkwell

All Saints Church Hall, Sparkwell

Commendation: 46 Northernhay Street, Exeter

Category D Regeneration of an historic building or structure, or the regeneration of buildings in a group (Sponsored by Womble Bond Dickinson, of Plymouth)

Winner: Butchers’ Hall, Tavistock

Butchers ' Hall Tavistock

Butchers’ Hall, Tavistock

Commendation: Higher Mill, Buckfast Abbey

Special Commendation

Special Commendation went to St Nicholas Priory, Exeter and in particular to Mann Williams the Structural Engineers and Castle Welding the steelwork fabrication for the innovative solution and exemplary workmanship in the fabrication.

St Nicholas Priory , Exeter

St Nicholas Priory, Exeter

The Awards

The aim of the Awards is to encourage all those who work with historic buildings, whether they are Listed or of importance in a townscape or landscape, by acknowledging best conservation practice and good design. The projects in each category were judged on its own merits, and every type of built environment is eligible to apply regardless of size, type or budget.

The assessment criteria reviewed:

  • the reasoned argument for the work
  • how the problems were analysed
  • the appropriateness and honesty of the solution
  • the integrity of the design and detailing
  • the loss of original fabric
  • the monitoring of the work as it progressed on site
  • the quality of the craftsmanship.

For the new build work, the excellence of the architecture and design standards as well as the impact that the work had on its local environment were also considered.