Cedar Hall was announced as winner at the RIDBA Building Awards 2019 held last month at the De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre following an entry submitted by AC Bacon Engineering.
We are delighted to have won the Public Services category in this prestigious national competition which was judged overall by a diverse panel including the Senior Lecturer for Sustainable Building Research at Oxford Brookes University. Commenting that this ‘impressive building’ made good use of ‘environmentally friendly materials’ including a ground source heat pump whilst achieving an intrinsic design requirement that the ‘building’s aesthetics were to blend in with the immediate environment’. Overall, the judges felt that this project adds value to the local community by ‘offering families a tranquil venue to spend time with loved ones’.
Springwatch presenter Lucy Cooke, who has a degree in Zoology from Oxford University delivered a fascinating speech sharing her knowledge and experience of the animal kingdom including how animals intelligently make their homes. Beavers build dams to protect against predators and provide an easy food source for the family whilst termites construct vast mounds to aid ventilation and allow cooling in the hot and humid countries they live in.
I am very proud of our achievements and pleased to be alongside other worthy winners in previous years including Deb and Bill Jordan who own and manage Pensthorpe Natural Park at Fakenham. Coincidentally, Deb Jordan officially opened the Cedar Hall last October and Springwatch has filmed at Pensthorpe for three years!