THE striking wood carvings in Holly Hill Country Park in Sarisbury and Stubbington park have been drawing admiring gazes since they were created by sculptor Paul Sivell early last year.
And now they have been given an award in the local design Oscars, scooping the title for best landscaping.
Civic body the Fareham Society has honoured outstanding examples of design and architecture from across the borough from the past three years.
From a minimalist seafront home, to a new hospital and the restoration of a manor house that was last used as a birth centre, the society’s team of judges has picked the cream of the crop.
Brenda Brooker, from the society, says: ‘They were all very interesting schemes.
‘It’s very much to do with people’s willingness to work with the advice they’re given and to be very aware of the setting they are building in.’
‘A lot of it reflects the economic situation and how much building is taking place at the moment.
‘But it also very reliant on the people’s awareness of design and the environment they are going to build in.
‘It’s very important to have the right building in the right place.
‘If they work with the conservation officers rather than forge ahead on their own with an inappropriate scheme, they will get a much better result in the long-run.
‘The two new builds were the community hospital and Lighthouse 65, and both are good examples of how to fit into their surroundings.
‘And with Blackbrook, they worked very well with their architects.
‘These schemes are also getting more and more sustainable which cannot be a bad thing either.’
The five-person judging panel was chaired by the society’s Stephen Day and included Graham Brown, architect, town planner and member of the Petersfield Society; Roger Bunn, design and art lecturer and member of The Fareham Society; Tony Munford, town planner, conservation officer and member of The Fareham Society; Phillip Turner, architect and Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust trustee.
One of the main aims of The Fareham Society is to stimulate public interest in the promotion of high standards of architecture and design in the borough.
It originally created the awards to be held every two years, but the last awards were held in 2009, when not enough schemes were deemed worthy of the top prizes.
The awards were given for the best examples of good design completed between January 2009 and July 31, 2012.
Commemorative plaques will be awarded to the winners of both the new-build and restoration sections in the spring, with framed certificates to the architects, builders and others associated with the winning entry.
Framed certificates were also be awarded to highly commended entries and to the winners of the landscaping section.
The winners were presented with their awards at the society’s meeting by the chairman of Fareham Borough Council’s planning committee, Cllr Nick Walker.
Mrs Clapperton adds: ‘We felt all the entries were worth being seen by the judges and the judges said they were impressed by the high standard.
‘I think on the whole, though, it was fairly easy for them to come to their decisions.’
For more information about the society and its work go to farehamsociety.org.uk or call (01329) 280526.
FAREHAM COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
Since opening to the public in May 2010, the £14m Fareham Community Hospital in Brook Lane, Sarisbury, has proved a hit with patients.
It took the title of best new build.
The new purpose-built hospital has a contemporary design, and judges were impressed the use of different colours and logos, inspired from the four natural elements, to differentiate between the four departments and help orientation within the building.
Features such as light tubes bring natural light to corridors, whilst automatic taps and heating from a wood-chip boiler help lessen its environmental impact. The architects were Broadway Malyan and the contractor was Morgan Sindall of Whiteley.
Formerly part of a country club, the house was deemed at risk.
But the judges considered that the scheme to restore and convert the grade II listed building and the replacement of an unattractive commercial wing with apartments has been carried out to a high standard.
As a result the restoration work has been highly commended
Design was by ADP Architects of Park Gate and construction by Jackson Collins and GJF Building Services.
Original features have been restored and the new-build wing blends with the original house.
Judges said the scheme has considerably enhanced the setting of the old house.
Blackbrook House had been a birth centre until the NHS closed it in 2005, and remained empty until it was bought in 2010 by Stephen Press who announced his intention to turn it into a private nursing home.
And the awards’ judges clearly liked what has been done since they awarded it best restoration scheme.
The conversion and restoration into a rest home of this grade-II listed building was carried out by W Stirland Ltd with architects Anthony Perry Associates of Southsea.
Judges felt the restoration is of a high quality, with interior and exterior features restored, such as original sash windows, and the staircase.
GREAT POSBROOK FARM
At Great Posbrook Farm, in Posbrook Lane, Fareham, the judges thought the repair of the timber frames of both buildings had been skilfully executed to a very high standard.
They gave it a highly commended in the restoration category.
They felt that using the whole of the main barn section of the piggery as a large open-plan living room and kitchen has allowed the integrity of the timber framed structure to be kept.
And placing the bedrooms and bathrooms in the side-wing with windows in the original low arched pig openings, has retained its proportions.
The work was carried out by Banner Homes with architect Hugh Thomas.
This modern home, dubbed Lighthouse 65, was designed by architect Andy Ramus of Winchester and commissioned by owners Lynne and Adrian Sproson.
Hugging the cliff with only the flat roofs and glazed entrance kiosk visible from the road, it keeps the open views of the Solent from Hill Head Road, in Hill Head, for the public.
With its striking white rendered and glass elevations facing the Solent, judges have highly commended it in the new build category.
The Sprosons’ labour of love was completed early last year and was described by judges as a dramatic addition to the seafront between buildings of traditional styles, with the external clean lines being carried though to the interior design.
COURSE PARK COTTAGES
Course Park Cottages were a pair of grade-II estate cottages in a dilapidated state in Fragorum Fields, Titchfield Common.
But the judges felt that they have been skilfully restored and extended with modern facilities while keeping their character.
And they gave them their seal of approval by regarding them as highly commended in the restoration category.
The work was carried out as part of a housing development on the surrounding land by the Portsmouth contractor Tomicca and its in-house architect’s practice.