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The Gold Star scheme was started and is run ‘to recognise and publicise developments, of all sizes, that make a positive contribution to the appearance and amenity of our area’.

There are bound to be many opinions on what this means but developments will have to look good and function well. The Society’s planning and design ‘guidelines’ indicate our likes and dislikes. These can be seen on the Website. The Citations for the recent awards, which were displayed at the AGM, indicate how each had met our criteria.

In the context of all the planning work of the Society, the awards are a small activity, but one that encourages members to express their views by nominating candidates. The list of nominations will be published in the Newsletter and Website in time for members to express their views to the RCAS Committee before the candidates are visited and assessed. 

2014 WINNERS:

GOLD + GREEN STARS

St John’s Primary School, Lower Redland Road.

Redland Police Station is valued as a local landmark building and the new use as a primary school is welcomed. The conversion has been imaginatively handled to create a community building which adapts the building to make it accessible whilst retaining some important historic features, and adds a well-designed extension and outdoor play area to make good use of this very tight site. The award also recognises the sustainable reuse of the building, the integration of some sustainable energy generation and a low energy design.


Owner St Johns Primary School Architect Stride Treglown Limited Builders Skanska



GOLD STARS

50 Woodstock Road

This small development has been selected for a Gold Star as it has made such a positive improvement to the area. The wholesale loss of front garden walls and planting areas to create car parking bays is something that RCAS has been campaigning against for many years. We applaud this development which recreates a front garden from a tarmac wasteland to the benefit of the whole community. Great care with dimensions of opening, only 1” wider than the original at no. 64.

Owner Dan and Amanda Schnurr Builder Dean Harrison


The Coach House, 15a Archfield Road.

The owners of 15 Archfield Rd were able to ‘downsize’ to a new house in their large garden. The existing stone front boundary wall was retained, and the street enclosure maintained with the large timber gates. Special measures were taken to protect the roots of retained trees while providing parking space. The simple modern design of the house sits well on this secluded site.

Owner Peter and Katy Dunscombe Designers/Builders Moon Design and Build


The Coach House, Clyde Lane

Design and construction of new detached family house on site of former car park and garages. Design cleverly turns the corner from Clyde Lane into Clyde Mews, incorporating a curved flank wall. Ingenious use of an underused backland site.

Owner Martin and Anne Morse Architects Richard Powell Designs, Michael Strode Associates



Torwood House School, 8 Durdham Park

The architects for this small school extension on the site of a double garage have created a building that reflects the character of this street of large buildings. The materials - random local stone, Bath stone and slate are well chosen. The unusual and neatly designed roof right light provides good conditions to the first floor teaching space.

Owner Torwood House School Architect Richard Pedlar Architects

  

GREEN STAR

River Cottage Canteen, Whiteladies Rd

New uses for existing buildings such as this Grade 2 Listed church hall, more recently Building Society offices, are an important element of sustainable development. The use of natural and recycled materials internally is also sustainable. The Green Star also recognises the ethical approach to sourcing of food, which is seasonal, organic and from local suppliers where possible.   

Owner River Cottage Canteen Architect Simple Simon Design


HIGHLY COMMENDED

1 Courtside Mews

Eco extension to modern town house with upgrading of side and rear garden, including rebuilding of retaining wall. Timber clad extension complements 1960s house. Fabulous views through generous aluminium sliding doors and a green roof.

Owner Kate Rambridge + Stephen Wright Architects Dittrich Hudson Vasetti Garden Design Solid Earth 


108 Hampton Road

Restoration of gate pillars incorporating house number. Coupled with restoration of garden wall, garden path and planting. Including provision of discreet bin storage area.

Owner Nick Parsons Stone mason A.B.Smith


8 Cotham Lawn Road

Commissioning of two replacement front doors, incorporating high quality joinery and stained glass. Design carefully derived from original designs in nearby properties.

Owner Val MacMahon Joinery Contemporary Carpentry Services Stained Glass Lucian Stained Glass


39 Trelawney Road

The remaking of this front garden, including rebuilding of the front wall, restoration of distinctive stone gate piers and new railings, combine to improve the street scene considerably. This is particularly valuable in a street where many frontages have been spoilt.

Owners Leza and Paul Jagroop 



No awards were made in 2013 as there had been very little building activity in the area.

2012 AWARD WINNERS:

GOLD STAR AWARDS

23 Clyde Road

Restoration of front door, porch and side conservatory, using timber from sustainable sources and restoring the original glazing. An excellent example of a sensitively designed and implemented project, easily overlooked on a busy Redland road!

Clients: Phil Wood and Lorna Barraclough Builder: Paul Cornick

 

60 Woodstock Road

Re-instatement of original metal work to roof. This decorative metal work was removed several years ago and retained by the homeowners. It has recently been completely restored to its original state and re-instated on the roof. A very attractive addition to the Redland skyline!

Clients: Chris and Fiona Robertson

 

18 Redland Park

Restoration of pierced stone boundary wall. A very prominent and very attractive boundary wall fronting onto busy Redland Park which required extensive repair work. The property owner has instigated a comprehensive restoration which has involved the faithful restoration of the original wall design. A project viewed and commented on by many RCAS members.

 

GREEN STAR AWARD

Whiteladies Road

Improvements to Whiteladies Road to prioritise sustainable transport – bus travel, cycling and walking – with bus lanes and upgraded bus stops and shelters, cycle lanes, and improved pedestrian crossings. Introduction of short term parking spaces to improve accessibility for shoppers. Enhanced planting along the length of Whiteladies Road is already having a major positive impact on its appearance.

Design: Bristol City Council Major Projects Team

COMMENDED SCHEMES

11 Chapel Green Lane

Erection of new timber boundary fencing and gates to innovative modern design. An attractive addition to this well used thoroughfare.

Clients: Gary and Emma Loveland

 

4A Kensington Road

Extensive upgrading and extensions to this unusually shaped property in Kensington Road. A major improvement to this end of Kensington Road. A very narrow and tapering site, bounded by Kensington Road and backing onto the railway line – extremely limited scope for major expansion!

 

Colston’s Primary School

Addition of entrance porch to Colston’s Primary School. A discreet and well mannered design which blends in well with the existing school buildings.

Client: Colston’s Primary School

Architect: Dittrich Hudson Architects Ltd

 

Redland Bowling Club

Completion of upgrading of Clubhouse with modern addition to match existing development. Functional but attractive design. Opportunity exists to open up toilet facilities for wider community use by users of Redland Green.

Client: Redland Bowling Club


2011 AWARD WINNERS...

Report compiled by Simon Birch and Roger Mortimer

This report may also be found in the RCAS December 2011 Newsletter - Number 154.

As noted in the last Newsletter the Gold Star scheme was started and is run ‘to recognise and publicise developments, of all sizes, that make a positive contribution to the appearance and amenity of our area’.

There are bound to be many opinions on what this means but developments will have to look good and function well. The Society’s planning and design ‘guidelines’ indicate our likes and dislikes. These can be seen on the Website. The Citations for the recent awards, which were displayed at the AGM, indicate how each had met our criteria.

In the context of all the planning work of the Society the awards are a small activity, but one that encourages members to express their views by nominating candidates. As agreed at the AGM next year the list of nominations will be published in the Newsletter and Website in time for members to express their views to the RCAS Committee before the candidates are visited and assessed.
Details of the revised system will be included in the next Newsletter.

CITATIONS – 2011

Gold and Green Star Awards plus Commendation

GREEN STAR

Earthbound, Abbotsford Road

Opened 10 years ago this small independent food shop was the first in the Cotham area to focus on organic and/or locally sourced produce. It continues to offer a wide range of sustainable food, including bread baked in Hampton Lane and vegetables from Somerset. One of the few genuinely local shops in our community, with well informed local owners taking an interest in community matters and their customer’s welfare.



GOLD STAR / GREEN STAR

The Better Food Company

This prominent retail unit on Whiteladies Road has been attractively upgraded and it’s now difficult to recall the previous usage. The attractive shop front and window display are a reflection of the wide range of sustainable and natural produce on sale inside the store. In summary a very positive addition to the retail offer along Whiteladies Road.


GREEN STAR

22 Sydenham Road

This semi detached house has been comprehensively 'greened', resulting in its carbon emissions being reduced by approximately 50%. The alterations included adding external insulation to side and rear walls. The project demonstrates that even Listed buildings can be 'greened' without compromising appearance.


GOLD STAR / GREEN STAR

Forecourt, Friends Meeting House, Hampton Road

The small forecourt has been ingeniously redesigned to provide disabled access, bicycle parking and some secure play space for toddlers. Existing timber seating has been recycled to suit. A new hedge protects the small lawn. Solar panels have been installed on the south facing roof. This large array which will make a significant contribution to the energy needs of this well used meeting place. Visual impact has been minimised by painting supporting structure dark grey to match the PV panels.


GOLD STAR

Extension, 1 East Shrubbery

This two storey extension, facing Lower Redland Road, forms an attractive addition to this road. The natural stone used matches that of existing house, ensuring that the extension looks as if it has always been there. Only the slightly quirky carved stone details show that it is modern. We look forward to completion of work to the rear.


GOLD STAR

New house, Trelawney Road

Constructed on the site of the garage/coach house to 5 Cotham Lawn Road, this house retains part of the garage structure and uses reclaimed bricks for the ground floor elevations. The upper floor is finished with timber boarding. A low key and unconventional design approach which works well on this unusual site.


GOLD STAR

16 Cotham Lawn Road

The opportunity has been taken to design and implement a comprehensive modernisation and extension of this 1950s property. Originally constructed to an unusual design on former tennis courts the extended property has been upgraded to modern environmental standards with timber and render elevations. Overall a very attractive addition to the street scene in Cotham Lawn Road.


COMMENDATION

Landscaping, Cotham Lawn Road frontage, Cotham School,

The need to provide disabled access and parking led to the complete redesign of the setting of the original Cotham Grammar School building on Cotham Lawn Road. The architectural merit of this example of 1930's school architecture is noted in the Conservation Area Character Statement. The new landscape design recognises the formal character of the building, and uses hedges to divide up the length, with grass areas, bold ground cover and shrub planting, punctuated with nine trees along the road boundary. The setting of this important building will be improved as the landscape matures.



EARLIER WINNERS...

 

















Refurbishment of Hampton Rd Flats                             Shopfront refurbishment on Cotham Hill                     Extension of Charnwood, Cotham Sch          

Gold Stars:
  • 26 Elliston Road
  • Prospect House and Brookfield House, Brookfield Lane
  • Redland High School - junior single storey extension

  • Cotham Hill - Shopfront reburbishment

  • Hampton Rd - Reburhment of flats

  • Cotham Sch - extension at Charnwood

Green Stars:
  • Farmers Market - Sustainable Redland