Big Parks Project celebrates regional award


Lewes District Council is celebrating a regional award win for a project in Peacehaven.

The Big Parks Project won the ‘Making Places Design Award’ in the Campaign to Protect Rural England Sussex Countryside Awards at a ceremony held at Petworth House in West Sussex. 

The project was launched in 2015 and delivered sports facilities, a café, playground, skate park, orchard and other recreational opportunities which attracts visitors of all ages. 

The ‘Making Places Design Award’ recognises design excellence in sustainable construction projects. The judges said they were impressed to see a project primarily funded by development contributions providing fantastic facilities and a sustainable hub for the community.

Councillor Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: “The Big Park is a well-loved and popular place for many people in the community and to receive this kind of recognition in the Campaign to Protect Rural England awards is fantastic.”

A record number of entries were received for the awards and the Big Park was up against stiff competition. Other contenders in the category were Forester’s Cottage in West Dean, Courtlea Housing Development in Petworth, Littlehampton Rain Garden in Littlehampton, Ostlers Field Housing in Brede and Bridge Cottage in Uckfield.

It’s the fifth award for Lewes District Council’s trophy cabinet for the Big Parks Project as it also won the Sustainability Award 2015 at the Constructing Excellence London and South East Awards, the Architects Journal Retrofit Award 2015, a RIBA South East Regional Award 2016 from the Royal Institute of British Architects and was highly commended in Sussex Heritage Trust’s Public and Community Awards 2016.

Published on October 30, 2017