It seems only right to end 2023 celebrating the amazing individuals who received awards at our recent DHBT Architecture Awards:
Highly commended: Alice Eaton
Alice works with her father, Mark, as a stonemason and has been a key part of the team who have been restoring important features at Haddon Hall.
Alice has developed her skills working in the family team and she has demonstrated that she has a genuine passion for conservation and restoring historic buildings. Not only is Alice demonstrating that training to become a stonemason is a skill that a young person can pursue to help keep the skill alive, but it is one that a woman can become involved in and actively develop the experience and knowledge to apply to major conservation projects.
Highly commended: Mark Gregory
Mark was responsible for making the new Strutt design windows and doors at The Hollies (former library - see previous post) to replace modern library windows and restore the multi pane sash look to this historic building (built by Strutt to attract a doctor to the town for the millworkers). Based in Belper, Mark is a highly skilled craftsman with a long and successful track record. His company, MG Joinery and Conservation, was established in 1993.
Winner: Andrew Churchman
Andrew is a well respected conservation builder and craftsperson, specialising in brickwork, stonemasonry and lime based repairs along with other general repairs and management of projects, in and around Derbyshire.
The specific reason for this award is the invaluable contribution Andrew gave towards the saving of Aqueduct Cottage on the Cromford Canal.
Andrew worked through the Covid 19 pandemic, often alone, but with help when possible, using his skills as an experienced conservation craftsperson to: prepare the site for safe working; repair all the stone walls including carefully taking down and rebuilding large sections; rebuilding the brick chimneys; installing the first floor timber structure; working with volunteer joiners on the construction of the timber roof; roofing the front elevation in reclaimed Derbyshire Stone Slates; roofing the rear elevation in Welsh Slate and continuing to advise the project team after his involvement on the “shell” of the building had ended.
Highly commended: Paul McLocklin
Paul McLocklin has been an architect for over 40 years. He started his career as a junior with T.H. Thorpe & Partners and is now a consultant & heritage specialist with Matthew Montague Architects. Paul is also the Vice-Chairman of the Derby City Council Conservation & Heritage Advisory Committee.
There are many, many projects that Paul has been involved with a few of note are; The Liversage Trust; Derby’s oldest charity. Paul has worked with The Trust for over 40 years.
There are too many projects to mention but it is undeniable that Paul has a passion, knowledge and lasting legacy for his works in conservation and heritage and is truly worthy of this award.
Winner: Kim Wyatt
Kim Wyatt received this award for her involvement in the project at New Bolsover Model Village, initially in her role as Heritage Manager within the planning department of Bolsover District Council, from the projects inception and recognition of the benefits of significant intervention to bring about the transformation and architectural unification of a mix of Council rented properties together with privately owned properties over an extended period of time in excess of approx eight years.
Kim led the heritage project delivery through a successful Stage 1 National Lottery Heritage Fund bid and supervised the engagement of the project delivery team via Efficiency East Midlands. She led the way to create a unique specific framework for other heritage and refurbishment projects.
During the course of the Stage 2 Lottery bid, Kim was appointed full time to project manage the delivery of the project dealing with combined complex issues regarding historic grade II listed buildings - 194 of them. Kim never tired of discussing the detail and investigating the potential at various stages of the project to realise a successful end product in use, fit for the future of the residents.