Take a look at Portsmouth buildings voted some of the best in the city

AWARDS celebrating buildings and architecture around the city commended various developments at an annual ceremony run by the Portsmouth Society.

Saturday, 8th February 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Monday, 10th February 2020, 4:15 pm
Southsea Castle Fountains

Here are a selection of prizewinners and commendations, which were judged by architect Mick Morris, Pauline Mousley, chairman of the Southern Branch of the 20th Century Society, and Jim Sweasey of the Portsmouth U3A Architecture Group - all led by society president Dr Celia Clark. Society member David Baynes researched and organised the short list and the two days of site visits. Nominations for this year’s awards are open at portsmouthsociety.org.uk.

The Portsmouth Distillery Company premises in Fort Cumberland at Eastney won the Best Reuse category in the Portsmouth Society Design Awards
Several of the arched casemates in the fort have been converted to house the distillery, bonded store and tasting rooms for the owner's signature local designer gin, rum and cider

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The society hopes that the distillery enterprise will lead to further interesting reuses of the fort. Design and adaptation by Vince Noyce and Giles Collighan
Although there was no winner in the Best Landscaping category of the Portsmouth Society Design Awards, a commendation was given to the Southsea Castle Fountains and Splashpool. Design and installation by Fountains Direct Ltd
The Best Restoration winner was Beckett's Restaurant and Hotel in Bellevue Terrace
Judges liked Becketts' winning combination of sensitive structural restoration by architect Robert Benn and a fresh multi-coloured timber-lined interior, with its Caribbean sailing ship and seaside vibe
Beckett's Restaurant and Hotel in Bellevue Terrace after it has been restored
Beckett's Restaurant and Hotel in Bellevue Terrace before it was restored
The Coach House in Old Portsmouth was chosen as joint new build winner
They created a beautifully sun-lit new house on a difficult tight site. The judges especially liked the artist occupant's high ceilinged studio, the intricate plan and the loving attention to details
The architect behind The Coach House in Old Portsmouth was Francis Graves
The other joint Best New Build winner was a mixed development for the City Council - Ivy Close in Somerstown
The judges admired the quiet almost village-like atmosphere and the human scale of the development, together with the blending of the low rise flats and their attractive balconies with the traditional terraces of family houses, with good-sized gardens
The architects for the Ivy Close scheme were Re-Format.