Three residential projects designed by Clague Architects were shortlisted for the 2018 RICS South East awards, with one of them being highly commended by the judges.

The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and infrastructure, and celebrate their impact on local communities.

Andrew Clague, Senior Partner, said: “These projects give a small flavour of the diversity and design quality of work that the practice delivers, not just in Kent and South East, but the whole of the UK.”

SOS answered

The DIY SOS home designed for a Kent family with four adopted children, three of whom have very complex and life-limiting medical conditions in Brambledown on the Isle of Sheppey, was awarded highly commended in the residential category.

The project saw the demolition of a dilapidated bungalow and it rebuilt to meet the specific needs of the Kent family. The end result was the biggest ever build project undertaken by the popular BBC television programme, led by presenter Nick Knowles and completed in October 2016.

Backing Britain’s bravest

A building designed to support some of Britain’s bravest was shortlisted in the residential category.

The 24 apartments, each specially adapted to make the lives of disabled veterans easier, were built for Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) in Aylesford , near Maidstone.

The successful application for the awards was undertaken jointly with Betteridge & Milsom, the quantity surveyor and cost consultants based in Canterbury.

Commenting on the shortlisting, Tim Wolfe-Murray, Partner at Clague, said: “Although we didn’t take top prize this is a hugely proud moment for the team and it’s great to be shortlisted in the Residential category.

“RBLI wanted a benchmark building for its future housing developments and gave us creative freedom in terms of design.”

Dart project hits the mark

Highlighting Clague’s national reach has seen Hunterswood shortlisted in 2018 RICS South West awards with the finals later this month.

The shortlisting is an acknowledgment of Clague’s sensitive redesign of an historic building into a stunning contemporary home. The building, set in the grounds of the former holiday home of Agatha Christie, has an almost unrivalled position on the banks of the Dart between Galmpton Creek and Greenway Quay.

Hunterswood, opposite Dittisham and close to Dartmouth in Devon, is the former laundry to the historic Greenaway Estate, past home of Agatha Christie, and has direct access to the water.

The long, thin, and dark laundry was converted many years ago to a house and offered the new owners the opportunity to create a waterfront home in a nine-acre setting. The original home has been extended on the riverside where the driveway was. The driveway was moved to the rear of the building where it was originally.

Andrew Clague, Senior Partner of Clague, said: “Our work to remodel Hunterswood has resulted in a substantially enlarged house. It is unashamedly contemporary throughout, that is sensitive and enhances the setting.”

The Clague redesign saw a new basement level cut into the existing, steeply sloping site, creating space for an indoor swimming pool.

A modern extension, conceived as a lightweight glass box, sits on the existing garden walls, allowing light to pour into the property’s open-plan living spaces. The gracefully designed mezzanine levels offer space for the owners to relax and admire Hunterswood’s breathtaking views.

The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and infrastructure, and celebrate their impact on local communities.

Andrew Clague, concluded: “These shortlistings give a small flavour of the diversity and quality of work that the practice delivers, not just in Kent and South East, but the whole of the UK.”

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