Sussex Heritage Trust Award winners revealed

The 2020 Sussex Heritage Trust Awards were announced today (Wednesday, November 25).

Architecture, design, traditional building skills and craftmanship have been celebrated as the winners of this year’s Sussex Heritage Awards have been unveiled.

The annual awards ceremony was due to take place in the summer but was delayed due to the pandemic.

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Despite lockdown it received over 70 award entries.

Lady Been Enterprise Centre

Worthing based architects ECE Architecture achieved an Award for the Lady Been Enterprise Centre in Southwick. The centre saw the complete redevelopment of a reclaimed parcel of land to provide small business units for local companies to rent. Submitted with Pilbeam Construction, Brighton, the judging team commented on this flagship project “impressive design and use of materials to create some first-class business units. Rare to see design flair expressed in what is essentially an industrial building”.

As seen in the winning projects this year, which saw 15 out of 24 Awards being presented to West Sussex projects.

There were a number of Awards given in the residential categories, highlights included: The Grange in Slindon (submitted by Victoria Holland Architecture, Burpham and RW Armstrong, Chichester), a Grade II listed village house with imposing stuccoed Georgian façade; a listed Sussex barn dating back to the 18th-century (submitted by Nicholls Countryside Construction, Kirdford) which is now used as a tearoom for the National Garden Scheme; a small but perfect extension on the back of a late 19th-century town house in St John Street in Chichester (submitted by fiftypointeight Architecture + Interiors, Chichester); and, the conversion of a Grade II Listed Mill in West Sussex (submitted by Jane Jones-Warner Associates, Chichester), which operated as a working mill until 1941 and is now a contemporary family home reflecting its industrial heritage.

The Landscape and Gardens category saw two winners of heritage importance. The Historic Stew Ponds Project at Arundel Castle (Head Gardener: Martin Duncan), probably of medieval origin, are part of a two-year project to showcase the biodiversity of the natural area into tranquil water gardens and the 60-foot-long Peach House Restoration at Gravetye Manor rescued from serious disrepair.Chairman of the Sussex Heritage Trust, Simon Knight, said: “This good news story demonstrates the importance of excellent architecture and design, traditional building skills and craftmanship and arguably without these the heritage we have in Sussex would be all the poorer”.

To watch the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards ceremony and for a full list of all Award winners and Highly Commended projects please go to

Full list of 202 winners and high commended

Award winners

Building Craft Award

Callum Jackson for Stonework to Old Goodwood Estate Cottages

Submitted by Berry Stonework Ltd, Lavant

Lion Roofing for work to Compton House, Chichester

Submitted by Lion Roofing, Chichester

Commercial Award

Hanningtons Lane, Brighton

Submitted by Morgan Carn Architects, Brighton

Lady Bee Enterprise Centre, Southwick

Submitted by ECE Architecture, Worthing, and Pilbeam Construction, Brighton

The Old Stables, Nutley

Submitted by Pippingford Estate Co Ltd, Nutley

Ecclesiastical Award

St Mary’s the Virgin Church, Chichester

Submitted by Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St Mary’s Church, Apuldram

Landscape and Gardens Award

Historic Stew Ponds Project

Submitted by Arundel Castle Trustees Ltd, Arundel

Peach House Restoration, Gravetye Manor, East Grinstead

Submitted by Gravetye Manor, East Grinstead

Mid-Scale Residential Award

Lower Barn and Fielder’s Cottage, Christ’s Hospital, Horsham

Submitted by Valley Builders Ltd, East Grinstead

The Stables, Hove

Submitted by River Oaks Homes, Hove

Public and Community Award

Aldingbourne Country Centre, Chichester

Submitted by HNW Architects, Chichester

Burgess Hill Library, Burgess Hill

Submitted by NewRiver REIT plc, London

Congress Theatre and Welcome Building, Eastbourne

Submitted by Levitt Bernstein, London

Denton Island Community Centre, Newhaven

Submitted by Douch Partners Ltd, Forest Row

School of Science and Sport, Brighton College

Submitted by Brighton College

West Dean College Roof Restoration, West Dean

Submitted by West Dean College of Art and Conservation, West Dean

Small Scale Residential Award

Chalk House, Ditchling

Submitted by Ben and Sam Ellis, Owners

Conversion and Internal Alterations to Grade II Mill, West Sussex

Submitted by Jane Jones-Warner Associates LLP, Chichester

Hove House, Hove

Submitted by Baobab Developments, Brighton

Parsonage Farm, Kirdford

Submitted by Nicholls Countryside Construction, Kirdford

Ringmer Passivhaus, Ringmer

Submitted by Hazle McCormack Young LLP, Tunbridge Wells

St John’s Street, Chichester

Submitted by fiftypointeight Architecture + Interiors, Chichester

The Grange, Slindon

Submitted by Victoria Holland Architecture Ltd, Burpham, and RW Armstrong, Chichester

The Manor, East Sussex

Submitted by Valley Builders Ltd, East Grinstead

The Sussex Heritage Person of the Year

Duncan O’Kelly

Highly Commended

Building Crafts

Clarke Roofing Southern Limited for work to Rear Lead Dome, Highmead Manor, Eastbourne

Submitted by Clarke Roofing Southern Ltd, Eastbourne

Liam O’Neill for work to East Street, Chichester

Submitted by Lion Roofing, Chichester

Lion Roofing for Work to Pallingham Quay, Weald and Downland Living Museum, Chichester

Submitted by Lion Roofing, Chichester

Richard Soan Roofing Services for Large House in East Sussex

Submitted by Richard Soan Roofing Services, Lewes

Commercial Highly Commended

Alistair Fleming Design Showroom, Lewes

Submitted by Alistair Fleming Design, Lewes

Brooklands Quad, Brooklands Farm, Haywards Heath

Submitted by Bolnore Ltd, Haywards Heath

The Buzzardry, Rushlake Green

Submitted by Blue Forest (UK) Ltd, Wadhurst

Ecclesiastical Highly Commended

Reshingling of Church Spire, St Andrew’s Church, Polegate

Submitted by The Parish of St Andrew’s, Alfriston, with Lullington

Landscape & Gardens

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, Lower Beeding

Submitted by Donald Insall Associates

Mid-Scale Residential

Sunte Park, Gander Green, Haywards Heath

Submitted by Fluid Architecture Limited, Nutley

Public and Community

DREAM Centre, Chailey Heritage Foundation, North Chailey

Submitted by Deacon and Richardson Architects, Brighton

Felpham Community College, Bognor Regis

Submitted by The Seaman Partnership Ltd (now DLS:ARCH), Chichester

Jamie’s Farm, Allington Farm, Lewes

Submitted by BBM Sustainable Design Ltd, Cooksbridge

St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Bosham

Submitted by

The Seaman Partnership Ltd (now DLS:ARCH), Chichester

Small Scale Residential Highly Commended

Amberley Place,


Submitted by Robin Nugent Architects, Horsham

Brandy Hole Lane,


Submitted by

The Seaman Partnership Ltd (now DLS:ARCH), Chichester

Candytuft, Steyning

Submitted by Folkes

Architects, Storrington

Druim Beach House, Winchelsea Beach

Submitted by RX Architects, Rye

Extension to Listed Sussex Farmhouse

Submitted by Jane Jones-Warner Associates LLP, Chichester

Heydons Loft, Graffham

Submitted by MH Architects Limited, Chichester

Hove Park Road, Hove

Submitted by DK Architects, Hove

upgrading and additions to an early 19th-century Town House, Brighton

Submitted by HBA Associates, Lancing

Westways, Petworth

Submitted by The Goddard Partnership Limited, Bishops Waltham