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Design Awards 2016

The Awards were developed in 2010 to recognise and celebrate recent developments that add to the richness of the North York Moors’ built heritage and have been held every other year since. They are a great way to highlight and celebrate excellent design within the National Park and to inspire future applicants to acknowledge the positive contribution that good design can have on local communities.

This year the judges were:

David Hugill and Alison Fisher (North York Moors National Park Authority Members)

Adrian Leaman (from the North Yorkshire Moors Association)

Janine Riley (York City Council - Conservation Architect)

Kerry Babington (Historic England)

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.

Once again there was a good variety of entries across all the sections, and an award has been given in each category. We also wish to thank Gillies Jones Glass a local firm of Contemporary Blown Glass Craftsman from Rosedale Abbey, for their sponsorship of the Awards.

A. Winner of category for Best New Dwelling:

Upgang, Westgate, Thornton le Dale

Owner:  Peter Rayment

Designer:  Peter Rayment Design Ltd

Builder:  A & D Sturdy Ltd


  • The scheme was beautifully simple and cleverly designed to reduce the bulk of the proposal.
  • Liked the palette of materials used and that the proposal integrated well with the Conservation Area and context of the adjacent List Building without pushing the site to the limits of its development potential

Upgang, Westgate, Thornton le DaleUpgang, Westgate, Thornton le Dale

A. Judges’ Commendation in category for Best New Dwelling:

Alum Drive, Eskdaleside, Sleights (Affordable Homes Development Scheme)

Owner:  Home Group

Designer:  Bramhall Blenkharn

Builder:  Strategic Team Group


  • The judges also felt that the Affordable Housing scheme at Alum Drive also deserved recognition as it has provided a really nice scheme which they felt warranted recognition for how well it fitted into the wider landscape setting in terms of the scale, form and massing of a site which could have proven very prominent if approached in the wrong way.
  • The Judges commended the vision of the proposal and the level of detailing which had been put into the design of the scheme especially when this type of development is often restrained by funding availability.
  • Due to the vision shown in the proposal the judges have chosen to award Alum Drive a Certificate of Judges Commendation.

Alum Drive, Eskdaleside, SleightsAlum Drive, Eskdaleside, Sleights

B. Winner of category for Best Extension to an Existing Dwelling:

The Old Vicarage, Ingleby Greenhow

Owner:  Mr & Mrs T Sutcliffe

Designer:  Alan Vandome, Architectural Consultant

Builder:  John Hannar

Oakwork & Joinery:  Stokesley Architectural Joinery

Leadwork:  Crighton Conservation


  • The judges commented that this scheme had been well designed and responded well to each individual elevation of the Listed Building which it is seen against.
  • Landscaping around the extension had been well considered to allow the extension to fit in well into the wider site setting.
  • The extension has been carried out sensitively to cleverly integrate the end use within the restrictions of a Listed Building resulting in an imaginative space to be used by someone with a disability.

The Old Vicarage, Ingleby GreenhowThe Old Vicarage, Ingleby Greenhow

C. Winner of category for Best Conversion:  High Ewecote Farm, Chopgate

Owner:  Mr G Russ and Mrs V Munro

Designer:  Keith Balbach

Builder:  Tanfield Brothers


  • This scheme proposed conversion of a Listed barn within the yard adjacent to the main dwelling on site into holiday accommodation.
  • The judges commented that the conversion was a light touch approach which retains the original character of the agricultural building, whilst providing contemporary comfort internally.

High Ewecote, Chop GateHigh Ewecote, Chop Gate

D. Winner of category for Best Non-Residential Development: YHA Boggle Hole, Mill Beck, Fylingthorpe

Owner:  YHA (England & Wales) Ltd

Designer:  Just H Architects

Builder:  Chapelgreen Contractors


  • This scheme sought approval for the replacement of an existing pre-fab accommodation block and general renovation of the public spaces of the Main Building within the Mill Buildings to attract more families and couples to use the YHA Accommodation rather than just school parties
  • The judges commented that the redevelopment of the site has resulted in two very legible and welcoming buildings. ‘The Crow’s Nest’ redevelopment was very bold in form and design, but integrates well into the landscape so as not to compete with the former Mill building below.

YHA Boggle Hole, Mill Beck, Fylingthorpe

YHA Boggle Hole, Mill Beck, Fylingthorpe

E. Winner of category for Best Conservation Project: The Ionic Temple, Duncombe Park, Helmsley

Owner:  Jake Duncombe

Designer:  Peter Pace

Builder:  Ebor Stone Co Ltd


  • This scheme saw the renovation of a ‘non beneficial’ but very important feature in a Grade 1 Landscape.
  • The judges commented on the exceptional design and engineering involved in the application and survey documents
  • and the phenomenal craftsmanship involved in carrying out the work. They commended the time and level of investment given to a scheme which would not generate any income, but is considered to be of significance in the landscape setting.

The Ionic Temple, Duncombe Park, Helmsley

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for their time and support for the Award Scheme, from entrants, to judges and Gillies Jones Glass for the Awards.


Ailsa Teasdale
Tel: 01439 772700