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We are delighted to have won a RIBA North East Award 2024 for our project Percy Cottage!

Congratulations to the whole team; Ben and Ally the wonderful clients, the team at JCC for some creative, problem solving engineering, Luke Arend for the garden design and to DP Builders for delivering the quality we were all looking for.

But a very special thank you goes to our very own Associate Director Alex Maxwell-Davies who received the ‘RIBA Project Architect of the Year Award’. A fantastic and thoroughly deserved achievement.

The RIBA Awards judges commented;

‘The differing materiality of the wings – one silvering timber, one metal and glass – is sympathetic to the pre-existing cottage and its context. Rarely seen in the same view, only from the river’s banks, the two forms simultaneously contrast with but complement each other.

The historical cottage acts as a buffer between the two new contemporary wings. Transitions from old to new are celebrated through playful glass links, providing glimpses of views over the garden and the winding river beyond. Subtle aspects such as the changes in flooring material and exposing existing fabric at the transitions are further examples of the architects’ attention to detail.

The project architect, Alex Maxwell-Davies, has been awarded RIBA North East Project Architect of the Year for the care he has put into protecting the heritage building for generations to come, while providing a cosy and homely space for the family to enjoy. He demonstrated particularly strong interpersonal skills for collaboration and maintaining quality.’

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