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Design Awards 2012

The Awards were developed in 2010 to recognise and celebrate recent developments that add to the richness of the North York Moors’ built heritage. 

In 2012 the judges were:

Tim Lawn (Chairman of the NYMNP Planning Committee)

Tom Chadwick (Chairman of the North Yorkshire Moors Association) and 

Val Dilcock (Former NYMNPA Chief Planning Officer)

In selecting the winning entries the judging panel considered a number of design issues including 

  • the quality of detail and innovation, 
  • the materials used and 
  • the execution of workmanship of each scheme.

The Authority would like to thank all those who submitted entries to the scheme and look forward to receiving more high quality applications as part of the 2014 Design Awards.

Design advice and information for those wanting to build or alter buildings in the North York Moors National Park can be found in the Authority’s Design Guide. 

For further information on the Design Awards or to recommend proposals to be kept in mind for the 2014 Awards please contact the Planning Team at the North York Moors National Park Authority.

Design Awards 2012 - Winners Details

A. Winner of category for Best New Dwelling

Terrace of Affordable Housing at High Street, Lythe.

Owner: Mulgrave Estate 

Designer: Lloyd Evans Prichard

Builder: K & D Building (Whitby) Ltd


  • For the second time running the award for Best New Dwelling has gone to Mulgrave Estate. 
  • The judges unanimously agreed that the terrace of Affordable Housing on Lythe High Street was a clear winner of this category.
  • The scheme has achieved a very high level of detailing within the Conservation Area in a type of development which is often restrained by funding availability.
  • They were particularly please to see that vernacular window styles had been used and attention had been paid to the finer detailing of the water tabling and chimneys which is often overlooked in modern developments even these details have a positive impact on the final character of a scheme.

B. Winner of category for Best Extension

Rose Cottage, Red Briars, Osmotherley

Owner: Dr & Mrs Islip

Designer: Hansom Architects Ltd

Builder: Harland Builders Ltd


  • This Scheme involved a number of alterations and improvements to each elevation of the property, removing previous extensions which were considered to be incongruous.
  • The judges felt that the scheme which renovated the existing cottage with modern, sympathetic alterations and extensions, whilst retaining the original cottage feel. The scheme also integrates a number of sustainable utilities which make the property capable of being ‘independent’ from mains infrastructure.

C. Winner of category for Best Conversion

Beacon View Barn, Crag House Farm, Danby Head

Owner: Mr & Mrs Nightingale

Designer: Peter Rudsdale

Builder: Philip Stonehouse (Castleton)


  • This category was new to the 2012 Awards and was saw a very high standard of submissions. 
  • After a lot of discussion the conversion of a Listed Building now known as Beacon View Barn at Crag House Farm, Danby Head pipped the others to the post. 
  • The judges felt that this scheme displayed a very high standard of craftsmanship and the resulting conversion has a modest and inconspicuous appearance, showcasing how a good scheme can be achieved, even within the restrictions of a Listed Building.

C. Very Highly Commended in category for Best Conversion

Carpenters, Egton Bridge

Owner: Mr & Mrs Blakeway

Designer: BHD Partnership & John Wilson

Builder: John Kelly


  • The judges also felt that the scheme at Carpenters (formerly Manor Garages) in Egton Bridge deserved recognition for the standard of conversion undertaken within this Conservation Area setting and therefore awarded this property a Very Highly Commended Certificate

D. Winner of category for Best Non-Residential Development

Raithwaite Hall, Sandsend Road

Owner: Skelwith Group

Designer: Brewster Bye Architects

Builder: Wates Construction


  • It was felt that this was a well designed Hotel scheme, which uses the topography of the landscaped garden setting to its advantage to achieve large, but visually subservient extensions accommodating the swimming pool and function room.
  • It proves that larger schemes can be achieved within a National Park where the appropriate site is found.

Winner of a Special Judging Panel Award

Grosmont Old School Coffee Shop

Owner: Emily Thwaite & Bill Sanderson

Designer: BHD Partnership

Builder: Newton Builders


  • A further Special Judging Panel Award was presented to the Grosmont Old School Coffee Shop as the Judges felt that this conversion spanned a number of categories introducing both a dwelling and commercial use into a conversion.
  • It was felt that this scheme deserved recognition for the works carried out within the limitations of the site which only has pedestrian access to it.
  • The scheme has introduced a new commercial use whilst retaining the character of the building’s former school use; and still allows the building to be used by the community.