People's Choice Award 2018

People's Choice Award

To celebrate 25 years of outstanding design in the Vale, we've opened up the awards to a public vote for the People's Choice Award. However, voting is now closed and the winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 29 November.

Following a review of all the nominations received for the Design Awards 2018, the following nine projects have been shortlisted: 


43 High Street, Long Crendon - Extension to Grade II listed building

  • Architect/Designer - Lynn Palmer Architects Ltd
  • Builder / Contractor - TGC Ltd
  • Client - Janice Tuckley

A listed, thatched property sitting comfortably in Long Crendon, this property had the extra challenge of being on a steeply sloping site. Prior to the cottage being listed, a single storey, slate roof outbuilding and UPVC conservatory was attached to the rear elevation completely obscuring the original building.

The new addition to the property complements its surroundings with the roof to the new living space sympathetically reflecting the shape and form of the original thatched cottage.

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43 High Street, Long Crendon 43 High Street, Long Crendon

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Beachborough School, Westbury - Extension to DT suite

  • Architect/Designer - Hayward Smart Architects Ltd
  • Builder / Contractor - Edgar Taylor (Buckingham) Ltd
  • Client - Beachborough School

The old DT Suite formed part of the old stable block courtyard, accessed via a gated entrance. The building was very narrow, out of date and not really suitable for its function. Beachborough School were looking to refurbish and upgrade the current facility while reflecting the school's ambition to provide best practice in teaching and make best use of the limited space.

The solution consists of a state-of-the-art workshop extension connected to the current building, extending sympathetically into the courtyard. The original DT classroom has also been converted to an IT suite off the workshop space.

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Beachborough School Beachborough School

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Bierton Place, Aylesbury - Redevelopment of former hospital site, including conversion of the Tindal building

  • Architect/Designer - Vincent & Gorbing
  • Builder / Contractor - Ridgepoint Homes Ltd
  • Client - Ridgepoint Homes Ltd

Originally built as Aylesbury's workhouse in 1844, Tindal Hospital became a treatment centre for mental disorders and was closed in 2014. The site is well known locally and features a number of original heritage buildings of immense character and charm.

This historic site has been transformed into an exciting new residential destination by restoring and refurbishing the existing original buildings and complementing these with sympathetically styled new builds. The development also comprises two attractive Grade II listed buildings which were converted into 2 bedroom homes.

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Bierton Place, Aylesbury Bierton Place, Aylesbury

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Brenda's Way, Aylesbury​ - Redevelopment of former garage site to form dwellings and associated parking

  • Architect/Designer - rg + p Architects
  • Builder / Contractor - T & B Contractors
  • Client - Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust

The garage site at Whaddon Chase had a long history of antisocial behaviour and crime, and was a fly-tipping hotspot. In 2012, the Bucks Herald labelled the area as ‘more like Beirut’. 

Brenda’s Way makes best use of the available space, providing a terrace of 2 and 3 bedroom houses, and a detached, accessible 1 bedroom bungalow. The living spaces are generous and practical for family living, with kitchen diners and large family lounges.

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Brenda's Way, Aylesbury Brenda's Way, Aylesbury

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Chearsley Village Hall​ - Replacement building

  • Architect/Designer - Lynn Palmer Architects
  • Builder / Contractor - Furlong & Higgs
  • Client - Antonia Stratford

Chearsley Village Hall is the hub of the village it sits in, providing an essential meeting place for the community young and old alike. The original building, built just after the Second World War, was no longer fit for purpose as the size, scale and layout of the main hall and ancillary facilities were no longer conducive to modern recreational use while the age and original purpose of the building meant that the internal structure was in a poor state. 

A new single-storey, timber-clad building with a pitched roof now sits sympathetically in its surroundings. Dense insulation, LED lights and solar panels are just a few of the many features which will minimise running costs for the hall.

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Chearsley Village Hall Chearsley Village Hall

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Dinton Castle, Dinton​ - Restoration of the former folly to form a single dwelling

  • Architect/Designer - Jaime Fernandez
  • Client - Jaime Fernandez

As a Grade II listed building, located in an Archaeological Interest site with an Anglo-Saxon cemetery in the vicinity, restoring Dinton Castle presented a number of challenges. The restoration sought to maintain and preserve the original character of this historic local landmark. 

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Dinton Castle Dinton Castle

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Foxhill Barn, Kingsey - Dutch barn conversion to single dwelling

  • Architect/Designer - Ian Slater Architectural Design
  • Builder / Contractor / Owner - Mr & Mrs B Connelly

Black curved corrugated steel sheet roof and walled, steel framed Dutch barns, mass produced for the inexpensive storage of hay from the 19th century, are synonymous with our agricultural landscape. However, their agricultural usefulness and deteriorating condition means they are fast falling into disrepair. This particular maker’s name plate ‘AJ Main and Co Ltd of Glasgow and London’ was retained and re-fixed in its original position.

The main design focus was to be faithful to the building’s form and setting, whilst providing an attractive, functional, modern dwelling, taking best advantage of the stunning views and aspect without detracting from views into the site, and out of the building to adjoining neighbours or surrounding countryside.

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Foxhill Barn Foxhill Barn

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Winterton House, Wendover - Restoration of Grade II listed building to form retirement units

  • Architect/Designer - Donald Insall Associates
  • Builder / Contractor - McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles
  • Client - McCarthy & Stone

Winterton House was constructed in 1871, and is Grade II listed. From the outset of the refurbishment project which commenced in 2014, the intention was to not only conserve and repair historically significant fabric to extend the life of Winterton House, but also to enhance its setting and qualities that make it so distinct to Wendover.

This refurbishment project saw the conversion of Winterton House from a care home into five retirement apartments. The challenge of the project was to ensure the apartments were sensitively integrated into the existing building, yet also achieve modern expectations of comfort and compliance with statutory regulations.

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Winterton House, Wendover Winterton House, Wendover

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Varden House, Stewkley - Extension and alterations to single dwelling

  • Architect/Designer - Hinton Cook Architects
  • Builder / Contractor - Neil Page
  • Client - Helen Day

Varden House is a substantial family home built in the 1970s. The owners were keen to give their home a facelift and make alterations to create the best use of space and bring it in to the 21st Century.

By extending and re-planning, the property has been updated and improved in both design and layout. It has also ensured the longevity of the property and significantly enhanced the enjoyment for the current owners.

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Varden House

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