Crawley Observer – Worth Park Gardens

Awards hightlight ‘conservation, restoration and good design’
Campaign ‘to preserve, improve and encourage the appreciation of the architectural and natural landscape’
15th February 2017 – Crawley Observer


By Staff Reporter
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Recognised as the most prestigious architectural and conservation programme in East and West Sussex and Brighton and Hove, the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards has launched its scheme for 2017.

Worth Park after the restoration, Photo by Ryan Wicks, courtesy of Sussex Heritage

Launched at UTC@Harbourside, Newhaven, on Thursday February 9, the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards called for entries from high quality conservation, restoration and good design of newly built projects.

The UTC@Hartourside was a 2016 winner in the Public and Community cat€gory one of the nine categories available to enter.

The 2016 Award judges said of the project: “An outstanding regeneration project of high architectural quality and local historical significance”.

Other 2016 winners ranged from the Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue in Hove to the former Chicheser District Museum renovated into apartments and a brand-new scheme for a primary school in Barns Gr€en.

It was said of the Barns Green award: ‘A brand-new primary school, to bring together two existing sites, to create five classroom space€s, a main hall, community room and school administrators facility.

‘The mass of the school was carefully considered to sit as comfortably and unobtrusively as possible within its semi-rural-setting, surrounded by two-storey housing.”

The judges said: “Beautifully designed school, in an elegant setting which fits well in its location. “The curved line of the extend wall gave a feeling of harmony, along with the open and spacious feeling inside the building.”

The 2017 awards launch event was sponsored by Harvey’s Brewery a longstanding supporter of the Sussex Heritage Trust Often ‘cited as ‘Sussex’s Brewing Heritage Harvey’s Brewery has been supplying beers, wines and spirits to the people of Sussex and its adjoining counties since the 18th century.

Sussex heritage trust chairman, Dr John Godfrey DL, told invited guests at the launch: “2017 marks an important year for the Sussex Heritage Trust, being the 40th anniversary of the Trust” which was founded in 1977.

‘With the help of Harvey’s Brewery we are delighted to again launch the Sussex Heritage Trust Awards, which highlights the important work of the Trust ‘to preserve, improve and encourage the appreciation of the architectural and natural landscape of Sussex.”

The winners of the 2017 Sussex Heritage Trust Awards will be announced on Thursday 6 July 2017 at 12.30pm at Pangdean Old Barn, London Road, Pyecombe and presented by the President of Sussex Heritage Trust” The Rt Hon Lord Egremont DL.

For more information or an entry pack contact the Sussex Heritage Trust office on phone 01243 576524 or email

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Sussex Heritage Trust is a registered charity established in 1977 to pneserve, improve and encourage the appreciation of the architectural and natural landscape of Sussex.

A wide variety of projects have received Awards over the years. For a full list of award winners in 2016 visit website

There are nine categories of Awards.
The winners receive a hand-crafted slate plaque to be attached to the building.
The judging team usually comprise a Sussex Heritage Trust Trustee, a professional in the appropriate field and a ‘lay person’ to ensure a balanced view.

Sponsors include: Gatwick Airport Ltd, Adams & Remers, Covers Timber & Builders Merchants, Expert Insurance Group, Harveys Brewery, Hanbury Properties, The lan Askew Charitable Trust, The Ernest Kleinwort Charitable Trust, Lawson Commercial, Parker Dann, Pilbeam Construction, The Hans & Marit Rausing Charitable Trust” R W Armstrong, Savills (UK) Limited Tilleys Stonemasons, Toovey’s Antique and Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers, Proteus Packaging and the awards media partner Sussex Newspapers.

‘A challenging conservation project providing real benefit to the community’

Highly commended in last year’s Sussex Heritage Trust awards was Worth Park and Ridleys Court, Pound Hill, Crawley.

It was said of the commendation: “The gardens and former stables buildings underwent an extensive restoration after a successful Heritage lottery Fund bid. “Established in 1840 the
Montefiore Family had a large house built with gardens by James Pulham and Son.

“Elements of the garden are now listed and work was undertaken to restore key features after long-term neglect.”

The judges said:’A challenging conservation project done with love and care. ” A real benefit to the community, and a historic environment restored.’

Architect Kaner Olette Architects and Allen Scott Landscape

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