Press Release July 2018

Cornish Buildings Group Celebrate the Best in Cornish Architecture

Every year the Cornish Buildings Group present awards for the best in good design and the cream of recently completed or renovated buildings in the county.

Paul Holden, Chairman of the Group, said 'Our Awards are considered the 'Oscars' of building awards in Cornwall. They are respected and desirable recognitions of achievement and as such we receive a high number of entries from private individuals and architectural practices'.

This year was a particularly difficult for the judges as the quality of entry was so high.

Patrick Newberry, Awards Administrator' said 'we value entries that build on the Cornish precedent or take such precedents forward in a brave, courageous and aesthetically pleasing manner. This year has been a great advertisement for what Cornwall can offer ̶ great buildings in stunning locations.'

The Awards were presented last Thursday evening at Lanhydrock House near Bodmin.

Mr Holden added 'As always our Awards scheme has proven to recognise the best in good design and conservation practice. This county is lucky to have a rich tradition of exciting built heritage so it is very reassuring that the tradition of sympathetic yet bold architecture continues.

An exhibition of winning entries will tour libraries around Cornwall throughout the year.

For more details on our Awards scheme and to see this year's and previous year's winners go to the awards pages.

(Below) 2018 main award winner

Dry Creek House, Polzeath (Matt Williams for John and Maxine Fack)

Making the most of an awkward, steeply sloping, site, Dry Creek House is made up of two canted wings, one running along the hillside, whilst the other dramatically cantilevers out from the hill. The main accommodation is on the top floor which not only maximises the views towards the beach at Polzeath, but also takes full advantage of adjoining wooded valley which can be viewed from the extensive balconies.

The overall design aesthetic is wonderfully simple, the upper storey being clad in timber and the ground floor in stone. The judges liked elements of the detailing, particularly the clever use of framing within the timber cladding to reduce excessive horizontality. On the entrance front, a colonnade with an angled rear wall cleverly guides the visitor along the back of the house to the main entrance. Inside, good use of polished concrete and timber creates a pleasant ambience and does not detract from the stunning views. The house has a strong design presence, but does not impose itself on its surroundings nor is it overly intrusive, a design much in accordance with the Cornish Buildings Group guidance on coastal development.

July 2017

Welcome to Dilapidated Cornwall

The Cornish Buildings Group are calling for action to reduce the number of buildings at risk in the county. There are many historic buildings in towns and villages throughout Cornwall that have been neglected for many years. Irresponsible owners top the list of causes as to why these nationally important structures have been left to decay, sometimes for well over a decade. The grade 2* listed former Wesleyan Charlestown chapel, sited in a conservation area, is a major concern for the Group. Chairman Paul Holden said ‘This wonderful chapel has been derelict for over a decade and remains an eyesore on the entrance to this popular tourist destination. The 1840 chapel has long been on the Historic England Buildings at Risk Register but it is now obvious that water is now getting into the structure and is no doubt causing irrepairable damage to the historic interiors, possibly even total loss’.

Other buildings identified by the Cornish Buildings Group as being in severe difficulties are Redruth Old Fire Station (above) which too has been neglected for over a decade; Loggans Mill, near Hayle, a four storey, once water driven steam powered mill, which has been vacant and scaffolded for many years and is listed on the Heritage England Risk Register and Great Wheal Busy, Chacewater, described by Historic England, as '...a remarkably well surviving example of this type building and is perhaps one of the largest blacksmith's workshops in the country'. This important building without parallel in mining heritage is situated within the World heritage Site and has been neglected for over 50 years.

Paul Holden added ‘All over the county important heritage assets are being neglected. Places being slowly lost through needless mistreatment include the Lamb and Flag smelting works which remains forgotten and unprotected; Respryn bridge near Bodmin, a medieval river crossing that is constantly damaged by traffic and where a solution from Cornwall Council is slow in coming forward and the Grade 2 listed St Paul’s church on the Tregolls Road in Truro which we have gathered well over 1,300 signatures on an online petition to prevent its demolition. Our Group is calling on custodians of these historic assets to invest in their future so that future generations can understand their environments in three dimensions and not just from archival resources.’

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