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Awards recipients in 2018

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 19:04

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PROJECTS RECEIVING AN AWARD IN 2018

Greystones Farm Discovery Centre – Cotswold District

The Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust’s Greystones Farm is a place where people of all ages can discover what’s special about the Cotswolds countryside and learn about its wildlife and history. Farm buildings have been imaginatively converted to provide a hands-on education centre. The meadows are grazed and milk from the cows used to make single Gloucester cheese

Citation: For a project combining renovation of farm buildings, wildlife conservation and development of ‘old skills,’ creating a sustainable community and educational centre, used by all ages, helped by volunteers and continuing the work previously carried out at Greystones Farm and to the same high standard

Hayles Abbey Halt – Tewkesbury Borough

Hayles Abbey Halt closed in 1960 when the local railway service ceased.  Located on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway it has now been rebuilt, reopening in 2017.  The structure of the new halt faithfully follows that of the original. Its construction was undertaken entirely by volunteers with meticulous attention to detail

Citation: For planning and implementing the reconstruction of a missing feature on the Goucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway with local support and involvement, and completed by volunteer labour in less than a year

Kings Lodge, Cinderford – Forest of Dean District

92 homes have been built on a brown field site in a mix of house types and tenures. The development is contemporary in its visual appearance, and with a well-chosen palate of external materials has achieved a distinct character and sense of place. The properties are also highly energy efficient being built to the Code for Sustainable Homes Level Four

Citation: For the completion of a well- designed partnership housing project that has transformed a derelict brownfield site into an attractive environment for sustainable living

The Raymond Fenton Centre – Cotswold District

The Centre is a new youth and community building in South Cerney, designed to a brief from the Parish Council and with community input. It comprises an indoor sports hall, a café with an outside area, and a smaller ‘group’ room.  The building looks good, fits in well with its surroundings, admirably meets the various space requirements, and is highly energy efficient

Citation: For planning a community centre with local consultation, which sits sympathetically within new residential properties, is well designed, energy efficient and used by the local community for a variety of pursuits

Tewkesbury Nature Reserve – Tewkesbury Borough

A 114 acre wetland reserve along the River Swilgate, the brainchild of local residents who saw the potential of this flood prone area to enhance wildlife and provide a real asset for the community.  Following the setting up of a Trust in 2012 and advice from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, the reserve has been created and is managed through volunteers

Citation: For planning, implementing and managing the creation of an extensive wetland nature reserve with public involvement and benefit

Whittington Close, St Briavels – Forest of Dean District

Nine affordable homes on a rural exception site which benefited greatly from early engagement with the community.  This influenced the design of the development. The properties are deliberately small scale with a reduced eaves height and with dormers and hips to break up the roof line and follow the vernacular style of the older parts of the village

Citation: For engaging with partners and the community in developing design principles leading to the planning, construction and letting of affordable housing in a rural village

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