Celebrating the conservation of Kent’s architectural heritage

The conservation of Kent’s architectural heritage is to be celebrated as part of the Kent Design & Development Awards 2018.

The Rochester Bridge Trust is pleased to again sponsor the awards’ Conservation category, which seeks to reward building projects that show an innovative and sensitive approach to refurbishment, conservation, and/or reuse of once redundant, threatened or underused buildings and structures, such as bridges and jetties. Launched during the last round of awards, the category was previously won by Command of the Oceans at Chatham Historic Dockyard.

Bridge Clerk Sue Threader explained: “The Old Bridge, Victorian Bridge Chamber and medieval Bridge Chapel are all easily recognised as part of Rochester’s heritage landscape, and all of them are listed structures.

“The Trust is currently renovating the Grade I listed Old Deanery at Rochester Cathedral, which formerly housed the tea rooms, and this striking building will be brought back into use as office accommodation now the Cathedral has opened a new café in the Crypt. These, and other buildings within our investment property estate, give our organisation many hundreds of years’ experience of maintaining and restoring historic structures – and an appreciation of the work involved.

“We hope this award will continue to encourage more people to conserve the many heritage buildings and structures found across Kent. In 2016, Command of the Oceans was a very worthy winner and we look forward to hearing about the 2018 shortlist later this year.”

The Kent Design & Development Awards take place every two years and highlight the design excellence of the county’s property and construction industry. They are open for entries now, with a closing date of 31st July. The shortlist will be announced in the autumn, with the winners named during an awards ceremony in November.

To enter or find out more, visit www.kentdesigndevelopmentawards.co.uk.