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Barton Court Grammar School.webp
Four buildings designed by Canterbury-based Clague Architects have been shortlisted for the 2018 RICS South East awards, with three of them being in Kent.
The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and infrastructure, and celebrate their impact on local communities.
Andrew Clague, Senior Partner, said: “These shortlistings give a small flavour of the diversity and design quality of work that the practice delivers, not just in Kent and South East, but the whole of the UK.”
The DIY SOS home designed for a Kent family with four adopted children, three of whom have very complex and life-limiting medical conditions in Brambledown on the Isle of Sheppey, has been shortlisted in the residential category.
The project saw the demolition of a dilapidated bungalow and it rebuilt to meet the specific needs of the Kent family. The end result was the biggest ever build project undertaken by the popular BBC television programme, led by presenter Nick Knowles and completed in October 2016.
Backing Britain’s bravest
A building designed to support some of Britain’s bravest has been shortlisted in the residential category.
The 24 apartments, each specially adapted to make the lives of disabled veterans easier, were built for Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) in Aylesford , near Maidstone.
The successful application for the awards was undertaken jointly with Betteridge & Milsom, the quantity surveyor and cost consultants based in Canterbury.
Commenting on the shortlisting, Tim Wolfe-Murray, Partner at Clague, said: “This is a hugely proud moment for the team and it’s great to be shortlisted in the Residential category.
“RBLI wanted a benchmark building for its future housing developments and gave us creative freedom in terms of design.”
Barton Court Grammar School
The new teaching block at Barton Court Grammar School in Canterbury has been shortlisted in the Community Benefit category, and provides three science labs, a science prep room, six maths classrooms, a general classroom, dining hall, kitchen, servery and office accommodation, with a flexible social space at the building’s heart.
Led by Clague Architects, the project brought together a Kent-wide collaborative team of design and build experts, including,, surveyors Betteridge & Milsom, structural, mechanical and electrical engineers MLM Group and Jenners, the construction company based in Folkestone.
Clague worked with the city’s only co-educational grammar school to develop a masterplan for its expansion as it faced the challenge of increasing the numbers of pupils from 800 to 1,050.
Clague and Betteridge & Milsom helped unlock Condition Improvement Funding from the Education Skills Funding Agencies, which made it possible for the project to go ahead.
Stuart Bonnage, Partner at Clague Architects, said: “The shortlisting is testament to the combined skills and expertise that exists in Kent, which when brought together can deliver excellent buildings that benefit the community.
“We are working with the school to help secure the funding for the next phase, including a new car park, main entrance, reception, office space and school hall.”
The fourth shortlisting is for Hunterswood, which saw the Clague team sensitively redesign an historic building into a stunning contemporary home. The building, set in the grounds of the former holiday home of Agatha Christie, overlooks the River Dart in Devon.
If successful in their respective category at the RICS South East awards ceremony in May, the projects from Clague will go forward to the national finals to be held in October in London.
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