Professor Henry FraserArchitecural Historian / Heritage Consultant
Chairman, Sentinel Committee, Barbados National Trust
Writer, TV Presenter, National Orator & Motivational Speaker
Professor Emertius, Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology.
Immediate Past Dean, Faculty of Medical Sciences.
University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados.


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Most of the projects deserved awards, but here are the eight winners and four Honourable Mentions, with the judges’ comments on each winner:

Category 1: Restoration of pre-WW2 buildings (Residential)

Claybury Plantation House, St. John, restored by Habitats Arch Designs Inc., First Place: “A lot has been achieved in this restoration, with great sympathy and attention to detail in working with original / traditional proportions, materials and details.”

Beach Gate, Hastings, by Mark Hiorns, Second Place.

Category 2: Restoration of pre WW2 buildings (Non-residential)

Arlington House, Speightstown, by Gillespie and Steel, First Place: “A most faithful and successful restoration of a very old and important, iconic building, with splendid adaptive re-use.”

The Pavilion, Hastings, by Gillespie and Steel, Second Place: “A most faithful restoration, from a severely fire damaged and long neglected building, with many challenges.”

George Washington House, by Gillespie and Steel, Honourable Mention

Herbert House, Fontabelle, by Robertson Ward Assocs., Honourable Mention

The Synagogue complex, Bridgetown, by Tomlin Voss Associates, Honourable Mention

Category 3: New Buildings (Residential)

Shoestring, Gibbs, by Architects Cubed, First Place: “A most impressive, creative, contemporary residence, with a local flare, and making highly effective use of a constrained site.”

Riley Residence, by Morrison & Woodstock, Second Place.

King’s Beach Village, by Mark Hiorns, Honourable Mention

Category 4: New buildings (Non-residential)

Bajan Services, Speightstown, by Architects cubed, First Place: “A pure, creative and dramatic interpretation of the vernacular, with a successful combination of wood and glass, and splendidly contextualized with outstanding landscaping. Highly aesthetically pleasing.”

Sugar Hill Clubhouse, by Mark Hiorns, Second Place.

Repetition of Architectural Awards on a regular basis will be a valuable way of recognising and encouraging both the restoration of our many architectural treasures and ensuring the highest quality of design of new buildings. We hope it will also stimulate architectural discussion and criticism, on a par with art and music criticism. The finest of these new buildings will, in turn, become the treasures of future generations.

The exhibition of all 28 superbly displayed projects, at the Errol Barrow Centre, Cave Hill, splendidly organised by architects John Allsopp and Gordon Ashby, will be open to the public from 12 mid-day to 8 pm today, Sunday, and 1 – 5 pm on Monday and Tuesday.

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