Awards acknowledge top building projects

Ripon Civic Society Chairman David Winpenny (left) presents the Societys John Whitehead Award to Sir James and Lady Graham of Norton Conyers.
Ripon Civic Society Chairman David Winpenny (left) presents the Societys John Whitehead Award to Sir James and Lady Graham of Norton Conyers.
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The restoration and adaptation of a former Victorian coach house in Ripon into a new, modern, eco-friendly home has been named as the best project in Ripon Civic Society’s Annual Awards.

The Society’s Awards, presented at a ceremony at the city’s Spa Hotel, recognised good design, craftsmanship and environmental schemes from the area around the city as well as within the city’s boundaries.

Highfield Coach House was awarded the Society’s Helen Whitehead Salver for the Best Project. It was also the winner of the Price Flagon for Best Restoration, and of the Sustainability Award.

The Society’s Best New Building Award, with the Hazzard Cup, went to The Orchards, a residential mental health care facility in Princess Close, which the judges said was carefully-grouped and on a human scale, with varied elevations and textures. The Orchards also won the Environment Award, with the Younge Rosebowl, for its imaginative planting.

Other Awards included The Taylor Plate for Best Shop Front, which was won by Jennifer Holmes Hair and Beauty and G Clarke Barbers, two shops in Masham’s Park Street that were formerly the Co-operative store. The Craftsmanship Shield went to Ripon Cathedral for the restoration of the exterior of the north east aisle, including new gargoyles.

The John Whitehead Award, which allows the Civic Society to recognise an outstanding contribution to the area, was presented to Norton Conyers, in recognition of the work carried out by Sir James and Lady Graham, undertaken over many years to take this ancient, historic and fascinating house into the future in good heart.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, said: “We are very pleased to have been able to award so many projects, and we hope that the example of them all will inspire others to do the same, so we can reward them in 2018, the Civic Society’s 50th anniversary year.”

The winners this year:

The Hazzard Silver Cup for Best New Building:

WINNER: The Orchards – residential mental health care

COMMENDED: Water Skellgate – housing

The Price Flagon for Best Restored Building:

WINNER: Highfield Coach House

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Vinden Estates, Blossomgate – restoration for office

HIGHLY COMMENDED: St John’s Church, Bondgate

COMMENDED: Ice Houses, Studley Deer Park

COMMENDED: 82/83 North Street – upper floors restoration for housing

The Younge Rosebowl for Best Environmental Improvement:

WINNER: The Orchards

COMMENDED: Artwork on ginnel beside Lockwoods, North Street

The Taylor Plate for the Best Shop Front:

WINNER: Shop fronts of former Co-op, Park Street, Masham

HIGHLY COMMENDED: 8 High Skellgate - shop front

COMMENDED: Yorkshire Trading – Moss’ Arcade new entrance

The Craftsmanship Shield for Best Craftsmanship:

WINNER: Cathedral north choir aisle exterior – three gargoyles

HIGHLY COMMENDED: St John’s Church, Bondgate – tilework

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Restored crown from former Crown Hotel, Sainsbury’s

The Sustainability Award:

WINNER: Highfield Coach House

HIGHLY COMMENDED: Ground source heating, Fountains Abbey Visitor Centre

The Helen Whitehead Salver for the best project:

Highfield Coach House

The John Whitehead Award:

WINNER: Norton Conyers