CHILDREN and teachers from local schools, architects, designers and trustees of community projects were all celebrated for their achievements at the Architectural and Environmental Awards 2012.
Run by Harrow Heritage Trust and the Harrow Observer, and supported by Harrow Council, it was the 27th year of the biannual awards, which celebrate innovative architecture or designs which contribute to the local environment, and the standard of the nominations this year made it a difficult task for the judges.
The two overall winners announced at the awards ceremony in the Council Chambers on Tuesday were the restoration and conversion of historic West House and an ultra-modern new build home in Warburton Close Harrow.
The West House and Heath Robinson Museum Trust is converting West House in Pinner Memorial Park into a gallery for work by William Heath Robinson, a cafe and community and education facilities.
Collecting the award, trustee Cynthia Wells, said: “It is full of joy and people in the cafe and visiting the museum. We are very pleased to do it and we are delighted to receive this award as recognition of that.”
The architect on the project, Janet Coterill, said the project was very much driven by locals and significantly funded by people living in Pinner too.
The second overall winner’s award was collected by couple Anne and John Barrett and the team who helped design their modern home in Warburton Close, which was built on the site of a former 1960s home.
Mr Barrett said: “We were very surprised to receive the award because the house wasn’t quite finished. But we were very pleased.”
Chairman of Harrow Heritage Trust, Martin Verden, praised all the nominees, winners and thanks all the judges, the Observer, Harrow Council and everyone else involved in the awards.
The outgoing Mayor of Harrow, Mrinal Choudhury, presented the awards, on one of his last functions which added to a total of more than 500 events visited in his year as mayor.
* West House, Pinner Memorial Park, West End Lane, Pinner, restoration and conversion of the historic house into a gallery for original works by William Heath Robinson, a cafe, and community and education facilities.
* Bespoke new house at 1 Warburton Close, Harrow, an ultra-modern dwelling with circular central core and many attractive features.
Winner of the Bobby Feakins Shield
* Stag Lane Junior School, Colliers Drive. Creation of sensory garden, used as outdoor quiet lesson area and to grow vegetables.
* Stanmore Place, Honeypot Lane, Stanmore, a large new housing development.
* New boarding house, Harrow School, Lyon’s, Garland Lane, Harrow on the Hill.
* Mollison Way, a heritage trail in respect of association of the area to the early aviation.
* 1-9 Richards Close, Ewart and Abigale House, an affordable housing scheme.
* Harrow School Chapel, High Street, Harrow on the Hill, new lighting and internal restoration.
Bobby Feakins Shield:
* Commendation is received by Newton Farm Nursery, Infant and Junior School, Ravenswood Crescent, improving outdoor learning area including a pond and bridge.