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ONE of the highest honours in architecture has been given to a new holiday chalet on Hayling Island.

The chalet, at The Kench in Langstone Harbour, won a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) regional award.

In the judges’ report, Deniz Beck, who chairs the south awards, said: ‘This beautifully detailed little summer house sets a new standard for construction quality and finish.

‘The modest building has been carefully planned due to maximum floor space restrictions; the designer is forced to become more creative with their space saving solutions. It is a good example of how to make the best possible use of a limited area.

‘The rooms are arranged in a way that makes the most of the views over the Kench.’

John Young worked with Brighton-based MELOY Architects and local planning adviser, Ron Tate, to obtain planning consent from Havant Borough Council for the chalet.

Chris Murray, the council’s head of planning, said it demonstrated the ‘importance of good design’.