Brick Awards 2008
Best Craftsmanship award for a new Palladian villa in Hampshire
The Best Craftsmanship Award at The Brick Awards 2008 has been awarded to a new Palladian villa in Hampshire, designed by George Saumarez Smith. The Awards recognise excellence in design and construction using brick. The villa is situated at the centre of a 52-acre estate in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The existing house on the site had been substantially extended over the years to the point that the original farmhouse was entirely engulfed by modern additions. Additionally, a barn to the west of the house was previously converted to provide staff accommodation. The new design by George Saumarez Smith involves the demolition of existing dwelling and barn, and the construction of a new Palladian house and garages, alongside overall improvements to the estate.
The judges commented, "The craftsmanship displayed on this Palladian house is awe-inspiring. Everyone concerned with the project from Client to Architect to Contractor has demonstrated a determination to produce only the best. The immaculate brickwork with penny-jointed mortar and elegant arches will long stand as a testament to the skill of the bricklayers."