WINNERS at CPRE Sussex 2017 Countryside awards

CPRE Sussex 2017 Countryside awards

Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre wins full award in ‘Making Places Design’ section.

The CPRE Sussex 2017 Countryside awards presentations took place at a evening ceremony on Wednesday 11th October hosted by Lord and Lady Egremont at Petworth House.

At the event, Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre in Uckfield received a full award and plaque in the Making Places Design section.

This section was open to all sustainable construction projects completed in Sussex since 2010, whether new, building restoration, or conservation projects. The judges were looking for good design which was sympathetic to its locality and topography, which was resource efficient and has a positive effect on biodiversity.

Mick Harker, the Chairman of the Bridge Cottage Committee attended to receive the Award from Lady Egremont, chair of the judging panel on behalf of the project.

The judges’ comments about the project were:

“This is a restoration to a very high standard which now functions as a local hub connecting the local community through a range of activities.  In a community that does not have a very visible historic fabric it serves as a reminder of Uckfield’s long history of settlement as well as exemplifying all the features of an historic Wealden Hall House.”

Mick Harker, Bridge Cottage Chariman said,

We were pleased our community restoration project was recognised by CPRE as as a heritage asset of Sussex.  The building has formed a central feature in the town for nearly 600 years  and, through the use of local skills we have ensured that this piece of local heritage becomes, not only a tourist destination but will meet new community uses for the future.

“The Award is a huge boost to everybody who has been involved with the work as a recognition of a job well done.