Past award winners

2017


Our Awards Ceremony was held on 1st June at The Princes Arms, Trefriw. Our Guest of Honour, Mr. Nicholas Colwyn Foulkes BSc B Arch RIBA FRSA, presented the awards to our five very worthy winners, who were (in no particular order):-


Bodnant Estate, Tal y Cafn

Complete restoration of dilapidated buildings into business studios for small businesses to set up in a rural setting.

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Tree Tops, Rowen

A contemporary double extension to an existing (1950's) property (which had been further developed in the 1970's).  The new extension harmonising the dwelling within its overall setting

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St Benedict’s Church, Gyffin

Stone walling - Clearing invasive vegetation to expose dilapidated section of churchyard wall.  Dismantling and rebuilding sections to harmonise with the existing featuresand surroundings.

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Cefn Cae, Rowen

Conversion of stone outbuildings to holiday lets, in the centre of the village, in keeping with the main house and  surrounding walls.

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Parc Dafydd, Dolgarrog

A children's playground, locally funded, in a safer, more secure, location. Equipped to a high standard.

(Named in recognition of Mr. Dafydd Williams' unstinting dedication and hard work for the community over 40 years)

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Congratulations to all the winners, and many thanks to our three professional - and independent - assessors for all their thorough and painstaking work.

Our thanks to the proprietors and team of the Princes Arms for all their help and co-operation in the preparation which made for such an enjoyable event.

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2015

BODNANT WELSH FOOD CENTRE
NOMINATED BY:  KATHERINE HIMSWORTH
OWNER: MICHAEL McLAREN, QC


Sympathetic restoration of farm buildings, dating back to C18 in a fine estuary setting.  Quality and attention to detail,also extensive wildflower planting.
End use - providing a boost to the rural economy, promoting locally produced meat, dairy, and vegetable products; together with educational and residential courses, and The National Bee Centre.


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DOLGARROG WAR MEMORIAL AND GARDEN REGENERATION
NOMINATED BY:  RITA JONES
OWNER / PROJECT MANAGER: WAR MEMORIAL 
COMMITTEE ... PER. DAVID WILLIAMS (CHAIRMAN); RITA JONES.


A real community initiative, involving virtually all businesses and individuals in the village, together with CVSC, Conwy Council and RWE NPower Community Fund.
Phase 1 involved the restoration of The Cenotaph and of the names of the fallen, and complete regeneration of the Memorial Gardens, re-laying with bricks, new plants and over-sized steel poppies (and daffodils added in March).
Access has also been improved, bringing people off the road and into the garden for the Rememberance Day service.


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HENDRE HOUSE
NOMINATED BY: JAMES AND ISOLINE GREENHALGH
OWNER: MICHAEL TREE         CONTRACTOR:ALAN WILLIAMS


Rescue of a small country estate, following 70 years of abandonment with little maintenance and extensive vandalism.
Work has included full conservation of the house; rebuilding all drystone walls in the garden; installation of a wood-fired heating system; appropriate period fittings and contents - and starting a collection of Welsh portraits.
Dedicated and informed hard work by the owner has led to the transformation of the property.


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PLAS TIRION AND THE NATURAL BUILDING CENTRE
NOMINATED BY: DAVID WYNNE FINCH
OWNER: FOELAS ESTATE     LESSEES: NED AND SOPHIE SCHARER
CONTRACTOR: SCHARER CONSERVATION 


Repair and restoration of historically important and semi-derelict C17 house, using traditional materials and local craftsmen - some trained on-site.
Part of a larger project to turn Plas Tirion into a training centre for traditional and sustainable building.


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THE VINERY, BENARTH
NOMINATED BY: DILYS GLYNNE
OWNERS: MEL AND LIZ HERMAN 


Restoration, conversion and extension of C19 vinery to dwelling and ongoing restoration of old walled garden.
An innovative and eco-friendly conversion of very high standard.
Both Cadw and CCBC planners asked for a modern building.... They've got it!


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