Heritage award for a town ‘jewel’

PUBLISHED: 08:00 31 December 2013

L-R: Linda Burlison, George Clarke and Jill Clarkson.

L-R: Linda Burlison, George Clarke and Jill Clarkson.

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WORK by Weston College to restore an ‘architectural jewel’ in the town has been honoured with an English Heritage award.

The college spent more than £1.5million restoring the 1892 Grade II-listed Hans Price School of Art and Science in Lower Church Road, which has been transformed into a 21st century conference and event centre.

Contractors Bray and Slaughter began work alongside Arturus Architects in April 2011 and the intensive refurbishment was completed at the end of that year. Specialist stonemasons, carpenters and engineers were drafted in to redesign the cramped internal layout as large spacious rooms over three floors. All of the building’s electricals were also replaced.

The refurbishment won the Somerset Trust Building of the Year Award 2012, and has now been honoured by the English Heritage Angel Awards.

The Angel Awards were founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber to reward the efforts of local people in saving their architectural heritage.

Assistant principal Linda Burlison and college staff member Jill Clarkson travelled to the Palace Theatre in London to receive the certificate from George Clarke, presenter of Channel 4’s Restoration Man and Amazing Spaces programmes.

Linda said: “George said he remembered the project and thought it was a very worthwhile and interesting restoration and refurbishment.

“We were very proud to receive the certificate on behalf of the conference and events centre, which is the architectural jewel in Weston’s crown.

“We’ve held many gatherings in the building since it opened last year and everyone has said what a special place it is.”

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