Bridge Cottage Uckfield has won an award which recognises its ‘very high standard’ of restoration.
It was presented to chairman Mick Harker at a ceremony hosted earlier this month by Lord and Lady Egremont at Petworth House.
The Making Places Design award came from the Campaign to Protect Rural England. It was open to all sustainable construction projects completed in Sussex since 2010, whether new, building restoration, or conservation projects.
The judges were looking for good design which was sympathetic to its locality and topography, which was resource efficient and has a positive effect on biodiversity.
The judges said about Bridge Cottage: “This is a restoration to a very high standard which now functions as a local hub connecting the local community through a range of activities.
“In a community that does not have a very visible historic fabric it serves as a reminder of Uckfield’s long history of settlement, as well as exempllifying all the features of an historic Wealden Hall House.”
Mr Harker said: “We were pleased our community restoration project was recognised by CPRE as as a heritage asset of Sussex.
“The building has formed a central feature in the town for nearly 600 years and, through the use of local skills we have ensured that this piece of local heritage becomes, not only a tourist destination but will meet new community uses for the future.
“The Award is a huge boost to everybody who has been involved with the work as a recognition of a job well done.”
• The restoration of Bridge Cottage was also highly commended in the 2017 Sussex Heritage Trust Awards where the judges said: “An excellent heritage project for the town of Uckfield, the result of a dedicated team working for many years to secure funding. The attention to detail was generally good. The benefit to the community will be long lasting.”
• Contact details for Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Education, Function Rooms, Heritage, History, Meeting Venues, or Visitor Attractions.
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