Announced at a ceremony in central London, the award recognises Landmark’s dedication to sensitive yet transformative restoration work. On presenting the award, John Goodall, chair of the judges and architectural editor at Country Life, said:
‘The judges admired the rigorous research that underpinned the restoration, both historical and technical, and the quality of the work by Colman Contractors of Canterbury, and its specialist sub-contractors.’
The Georgian Group’s annual Architectural Awards celebrate exemplary conservation and restoration projects in the UK. Cobham’s win comes as bookings for holidays in 2023 open and just weeks after More4’s hour-long television programme charted the restoration process.
On receiving the award, Landmark’s director Anna Keay comments:
‘We are absolutely thrilled that Cobham Dairy has won the Georgian Group award for the reuse of a Georgian building. Landmark is completely committing to undertaking exemplary restorations, informed by detailed research, using the best materials and the most talented craftspeople - and it is wonderful that the project to restore the once-derelict Cobham Dairy has been recognised in this way.
The work was made possible entirely by the enthusiasm and generosity of those who donated to the appeal, including the inspirational Ecclesiastical Insurance, and we are thrilled that thanks to them the building now has a secure new life.’
Eric Colman of Colman Contractors shares that:
'Colmans are honoured to have taken part in the revival of the Old Dairy, assisting in locating the historic materials and skills as part of a great team in creating such a stunning architectural Gem.'
This win is the latest of a number of notable awards for Landmark. It follows our win of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Conservation Project of the Year award for Llwyn Celyn in 2019 and the RICS award for Tourism and Leisure in Wales for Coed y Bleiddiau in the same year, plus the Georgian Group’s Best Restoration in an Urban Setting for Belmont in 2015.
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