Design helps two Fareham buildings scoop accolade

THRILLED Middle, Stephen Press, proprietor of Blackbrook House, with from left, Brenda Clapperton, secretary for The Fareham Society, Stephen Day, chairman of the Design Awards sub committee, the deputy mayor of Fareham Susan Bayford and the deputy mayor's consort Brian Bayford. Picture: Sarah Standing (131007-8927)
THRILLED Middle, Stephen Press, proprietor of Blackbrook House, with from left, Brenda Clapperton, secretary for The Fareham Society, Stephen Day, chairman of the Design Awards sub committee, the deputy mayor of Fareham Susan Bayford and the deputy mayor's consort Brian Bayford. Picture: Sarah Standing (131007-8927)
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TWO buildings in Fareham have been recognised for their outstanding design.

Plaques were handed out by the Fareham Society.

Fareham Community Hospital, Brook Lane, Sarisbury, was awarded best new build.

Blackbrook House residential home, just off The Avenue, received best new renovation.

Deputy Mayor Cllr Susan Bayford unveiled the plaque at the hospital.

She said: ‘It’s well deserved. The hospital is very welcoming. It’s something for Fareham to be proud of.’

The funding for the building came from the NHS, through its local initiative finance trust.

Solent Community Solutions took on the job of building the hospital, which opened in October 2010.

General manager of Solent Community Solutions, George Anderson said: ‘We’re delighted with the award after all the effort that has been put into the building .’

The award was presented by the chairman of The Fareham Society sub-committee Stephen Day.

He said: ‘It’s deserving and an excellent new building.’

Blackbrook House residential home received a plaque for best restoration.

Building proprietor, Stephen Press, 45, from Titchfield Common, received the award in front of the home’s 13 residents.

He said: ‘I’m honoured and proud to receive the award.’

‘This building is like a dream come true. It’s something I would have never have expected to happened.’

Deputy mayor Cllr Susan Bayford presented the plaque.

She said: ‘I can’t think of enough adjectives to describe this building. A great deal of thought has gone into it.’

The renovation took two and a half years to complete, and it reopened in June 2012.

Originally, Blackbrook House had 20 bedrooms, the renovation has created six more. Each bedroom is decorated differently with Laura Ashley furniture.

The plaques were specially made by Roger Bunn, a member of the Hampshire and Berkshire Guild of Craftsmen, in keeping with the style of the building.

Lighthouse 65, in Hill Head, was highly commended in the new build category.

Abshot Manor and Course Park Cottages, both in Titchfield Common, The Southern Barn and The Old Piggery, both in Titchfield were highly commended in the best restoration category.

The landscaping award was won by Fareham Borough Council for the creation of tree sculptures on Stubbington Green and in Holly Hill Park.