Ilkley Civic Society Design & Conservation Awards winners revealed

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ILKLEY Civic Society has announced the return of its Design & Conservation Awards after a two-year hiatus.

The Company hosted a Zoom presentation on Thursday, March 24 to local businesses, organizations and individuals. This year the society is presenting two awards and five certificates of commendation to a variety of projects which have all succeeded in making a valuable contribution to the improvement of Ilkley’s townscape or its surrounding landscape. The projects, selected from a long list of 25 projects from the past two years, included a variety of commercial buildings, private residences and a natural environment project.

Ilkley Civic Society Chair Helen Kidman said: ‘There have been some very exciting developments to consider over the past two years, with high quality construction work and innovative plans in their use of space. It is especially nice to see a modern design successfully complementing the old buildings in Ilkley.”

Certificates are issued to the following projects:

A conservation award to Fishers Developments of Keighley for the conversion of two historic farm buildings on the edge of the moor. An original barn and farmhouse now provide two modern residential units already occupied but retaining the historic character of the original buildings visible in the repair/reuse of historic materials and skills.

A design award, to Jeremy Newsome (Ilkley architect) and his client who commissioned the construction of a new garage attached to a Victorian villa (an ‘unlisted key building’) in West Ilkley. A traditional garage adjacent to the facade would have had a negative effect on the villa, so it was turned 90 degrees so it would not be visible from the street. What can be seen is a well designed and detailed stone wall. This new building was constructed by local builder Lee Gray.

Design Commendations (for new build projects) for a new contemporary detached house in Ben Rhydding designed by local architect Richard Dawson for owner occupancy. It was an infill site, but there was enough space to create this contemporary interpretation of a traditional detached house with both an interesting front and rear elevation. The second commendation in this category was for the Moss and Moor Garden Center with a new use and design appropriate for an entry site to the city. This independent local firm commissioned local architect Nigel Jaques to lead the large design and construction team.

Conservation Commendation (for work on historic buildings or structures) to Bettys for their major investment in upgrading and maintaining their property on The Grove. Several weeks of scaffolding in front and behind and apparently very little to see, but it is a sign of good preservation of historic buildings. In fact, structural maintenance of the chimneys, roof and walls has taken place. An upgrade of the two large bay windows in the front elevation to modern insulation standards and modifications to the heating and ventilation equipment hidden on the flat roof of the rear elevation. A second conservation commendation goes to an innovative rear extension to a terraced house in the railway town. It’s all too easy to opt for a one-story flat roof extension or even less attractive, a massive skylight on the roof forgetting that all the neighbors have to stare at it for years to come. In this case, a shallow two-storey extension with small pitched roof dormers on the first floor provided the extra space the client needed, designed by local architect Dan Bland.

Environmental Improvement Commendations (projects that improve the townscape or surroundings of Ilkley). One project received a commendation in this category and it was the wildflower meadow that hosted Ilkley along the front of Ashlands School on Leeds Rd.

A Civic Society spokesperson said: ‘We hope next year we can return to a live presentation and welcome any project suggestions from readers to add to the 10 already on our long list.’

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