One of our projects has been shortlisted for the 2014 South West LABC Award of Excellence for Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion. Parke Barn in Broadhempston, Devon, completed last year, is a holiday let created from a disused agricultural building.
The Building Excellence Awards celebrate the essence of good buildings. To be selected as a finalist is an honour in itself. Judges look for technical excellence, innovation, green and sustainable building quality, good team working with the local authority building control teams, high performance, and problem solving where creative solutions have been used to solve difficult issues.
Selection in the ‘Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion’ category recognises work to change a building from one use to another. Judges look for improvement in the original use and in the aesthetics.
Parke Barn is now available for let. It sleeps up to six people in two bedrooms and a mezzanine overlooking the main living area. Much of the character of the original barn has been retained with innovative solutions inside to make best use of the space practically and aesthetically. The property is listed on the Owners Direct website. One reviewer from France wrote: ‘We stayed in Parke Barn for six weeks. It was just perfect. The build quality and furnishings are first class…”
Winners of the award will be announced at a ceremony in Plymouth on 13 June 2014.