New Sussex Heritage Trust award launched thanks to partnership with national park

A brand new award has been launched by the Sussex Heritage Trust following a partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority.

The South Downs Design Award will provide an opportunity to promote outstanding design in a nationally designated landscape as part of this year’s heritage awards which was launched on Tuesday, February 23.

This award will go to a project that clearly demonstrates a positive contribution to the South Downs National Park, including schemes that have conserved and enhanced the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area.

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Tim Slaney, director of planning at the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “We’re excited to be supporting these prestigious awards. High-quality design matters to the national park and to the local communities within it.

Jamie's Farm, Lewes SUS-210303-131056001

“That’s why we’ve created a template for design excellence in our local plan, encouraging architects and builders to use this diverse landscape as a compass for great design.

“We look forward to seeing the variety of entries that showcase the first-class built environment in the national park.”

The only Sussex-wide heritage awards supports excellence in conservation, restoration, and the good design of newly built projects, whilst also encouraging the use of traditional skills and crafts. The architectural and landscape scheme calls for entries across nine categories from residential to public and community to ecclesiastical to building crafts.

Last year saw a total of 25 award winners, of which eight featured in the South Downs National Park including the Historic Stew Ponds Project at Arundel Castle and West Dean College Roof Restoration at West Dean College of Art and Conservation.

Highly commended initiatives included two projects in Lewes, the Alistair Fleming Design Showroom and Jamie’s Farm.

The Sussex Heritage Trust Awards will be taking entries until Friday, March 26, and winners of the awards receive a hand-crafted slate presented by the president of the Sussex Heritage Trust, The Rt Hon Lord Egremont on Wednesday, July 14.

David Cowan, chairman of the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards committee, said: “Sussex Heritage Trust is delighted to welcome the South Downs National Park Authority as an awards partner to help us highlight outstanding design in the South Downs in Sussex.

“I would like to thank all our sponsors: The Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust, Savills, Covers, Harveys Brewery, The Ian Askew Charitable Trust, Pilbeam Construction, RH and RW Clutton, Toovey’s and now the South Downs National Park Authority for their support of our heritage awards.”

For an entry pack and to enter the Awards please go to or email [email protected]


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