The Sussex Heritage Trust announced Worthing-born architect Neil Holland RIBA ACA as the Sussex Heritage Person of the Year 2018 at their prestigious awards presentation at Pangdean Old Barn, Pyecombe last week.
President of the Trust, The Rt Hon Lord Egremont, DL, presented Neil with a trophy recognising his extraordinary contribution to architecture in the county.
His work includes the early 1970s commission to design the reception building for Sir Peter Scott’s Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in Arundel, followed by numerous award-winning residential and other projects across Sussex.
Neil is also a successful and renowned artist, painting landscapes of the South East of England and focusing on his home county of Sussex.
His paintings and architectural drawings have been exhibited at the Mall Galleries, London and the Royal Academy.
Chairman, Dr John Godfrey DL, who announced the Award at the 20th annual lunch last Wednesday, July 4, said: “In his painting, as well as in his architecture, Neil celebrates the English landscape and the harmonious relationship between landscape and man’s use of it, especially in building design.
“It is for this reason, and for his outstanding contribution to the architectural landscape of Sussex over so many years, that he is awarded the Sussex Heritage Person of the Year 2018.”
This year the awards, which celebrated their 20th anniversary, saw 75 entries and 240 guests attend the ceremony on Wednesday, July 4.
President of the Trust, The Rt Hon Lord Egremont DL, presented 24 award winners and 25 highly commended certificates at Pangdean Old Barn, Brighton, representing the highest quality new build, and conservation and rejuvenation projects across the two counties and the city of Brighton & Hove.
West Sussex saw a bumper year for Award winners, with 10 projects achieving an Awards
plaque. Winners included: The Gateway Project at The Weald & Downland Living Museum (submitted by ABIR Architects) – a new 850sq/m Gateway facility comprising entry, galleries, cafes and community spaces; Lancing College Chapel (submitted by Chichester Stoneworks Limited) for creation and installation of two new blind tracery windows which had been previously boarded up; and, Beacon Heights in Haywards Heath (submitted by ECE Architecture, Worthing), a large scale residential project of 24 high quality apartments.
Craftspeople, were prominent winners in 2018, with four achieving the Building Craft Award for projects in West Sussex. Duncan Berry and Paul Grantham both achieved an Award for flintwork to private homes, alongside Andrew Holloway for the Green Oak Frame at the Weald &
Downland Living Museum and Sarah Mayfield for ceiling work at Borde Hill House. The judges said about Sarah’s work: “Sarah is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about her decorative plaster work.
“Not only does she do surveys she actually does the work!”
Dr Godfrey DL, said: “The Trust continues to go from strength to strength, consolidated by the success of the Awards scheme. “
Full List of Awards
Building Craft Awards
Clarke Roofing for Roof at St Peter’s Church, Hamsey
Duncan Berry for flintwork on Nab House, Itchenor
Andrew Holloway for Green Oak Timber Frame at The Weald & Downland Living Museum Gateway Project, Singleton
Paul Grantham for flintwork on Westerton House, Chichester
Sarah Mayfield for Ceiling Work at Borde Hill House, Borde Hill
The Haybarn, West Grinstead
Lancing College Chapel, Lancing
Roof Repairs to Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Ashington
St Peter’s Church, Hamsey
Landscape and Gardens
Danegate House, Eridge
Large Scale Residential
Beacon Heights, Haywards Heath
Lavender Fields, Isfield
Wadhurst Place, Wadhurst
Tobias Green, East Grinstead
Walkers Rest, Alfriston
Ship Street, Brighton
Public and Community
The Gateway Project at The Weald & Downland Living Museum, Singleton
Hastings Central Library, Hastings
The Kai Yong Yeoh Building, Brighton College, Brighton
Small Scale Residential
Marshalls Manor, Horney Common
Watchbell Chamber, Rye
West Street, Ditchling
The Sussex Heritage Person of the Year Award
Neil Holland RIBA ACA