The Heritage of Sussex Thrives During Lockdown

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Sussex Heritage Trust Awards receives over 70 entries despite pandemic.

The 2020 Sussex Heritage Trust Awards were announced on Wednesday 25th November. The annual Awards ceremony was moved from summer this year, delayed due to the pandemic, but despite this over 70 Award entries were received.
Excellent architecture and design, traditional building skills and craftmanship are all celebrated as part of the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards.  As seen in the winning projects this year, which included: the conservation of a Grade II listed
Manor House, in East Sussex needed urgent repairs including retaining the double-height 15th century Great Hall (submitted by Valley Builders); the restoration of the 130-year-old roof at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation in Chichester, a complex project which required a temporary roof with an independent scaffold (architect: Jane Jones-Warner Associates and
Contractors: Clarke Roofing Southern Limited); and Hanningtons Lane, a new Lane envisaged as a compliment and extension to Brighton’s famous ‘Lanes’ (submitted by Morgan Carn Architects).

The Landscape and Gardens category saw two winners of heritage importance. The Historic Stew Ponds Project at Arundel Castle (Head Gardener: Martin Duncan), probably of medieval origin, are part of a two-year project to showcase the biodiversity of the natural area into tranquil water gardens and the 60-foot-long Peach House Restoration at Gravetye Manor
rescued from serious disrepair.

Chairman of the Sussex Heritage Trust, Simon Knight, said:
“This good news story demonstrates the importance of excellent architecture and design, traditional building skills and craftmanship and arguably without these the heritage we have in Sussex would be all the poorer”.

To watch the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards ceremony and for a full list of all Award winners
and Highly Commended projects please see here.

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