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 the this week the winners have been revealed.

Aldingbourne Centre

In the Observer area there were nine winners, including West Dean roof restoration, St Mary’s the Virgin Church in Apuldram near Chichester and The Grange in Slindon.

Felpham Community College received a highly commended commendation from the Sussex Heritage Trust judges for the new three-storey building offering an extension to the existing science accommodation.

The architect David Seaman of DLS:ARCH based in Chichester designed an independent ‘L’ shaped block with the judges commenting: “a quality building achieved within tight budget constraints, creating a cool, calm atmosphere for learning which was evidently much appreciated by the students”.

The college added ‘the new building has exceeded all our expectations’.

West Dean

In the public and community category there were two award winners: Aldingbourne Country Centre in Norton, described by the judges as ‘brilliantly conceived and executed for people with special needs’ (submitted by Chichester based HNW Architects).

And, West Dean College Roof Restoration (submitted by West Dean College of Art and Conservation with architects, Chichester based Jane Jones-Warner Associates and Clarke Roofing Southern Limited, Eastbourne), described by the judges as ‘a superb restoration of an historic building using appropriate traditional materials’.

The restoration of the 130-year-old roof at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, was a complex project which required a temporary roof with an independent scaffold. The architect was Jane Jones-Warner Associates and contractors: Clarke Roofing Southern Limited.

St Mary’s the Virgin Church in Apuldram received an award in the Ecclesiastical category for a new single storey annex for the 12th-century Grade I listed building.

Highly commended in the public and community category was St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Bosham and was submitted by The Seaman Partnership Ltd (now DLS:ARCH), Chichester.

There were two Building Crafts Awards for Chichester based craftsmen: Callum Jackson from Berry Stonework for stonework to Old Goodwood Estate Cottages and Liam O’Neill from Lion Roofing for work to Compton House in Chichester.

There were also four Chichester winning projects in the residential category: The Grange in Slindon, a Grade II listed village house (submitted by Victoria Holland Architecture, Burpham and RW Armstrong, Chichester); Parsonage Farm in Kirdford, the restoration of a listed Sussex barn dating back to the 18th-century (submitted by Nicholls Countryside Construction, Kirdford); and, the conversion and internal alterations to a Grade II Mill on the outskirts of Chichester (submitted by architects Jane-Jones Warner Associates, Chichester). Chichester architects fiftypointeight, followed success from 2019, with an award for St John’s Street in Chichester, described by the judges as “a tiny extension with huge impact”.

There were a further seven projects which received Highly Commended certificates.

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”.

Out of 24 awards 15 were presented to West Sussex projects.

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