Award for Easton Neston restoration

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TOWCESTER’S Nicholas Hawksmoor masterpiece, Easton Neston House, has won a national architecture award following its three-year restoration.

The house was given a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Award for architectural excellence at a ceremony in Leicester on Wednesday this week. Easton Neston was also successful in the regional conservation category in recognition of the quality of the restoration work done.

The award citation said ‘unsympathetic’ additions and a fire in 2002 meant there was much for the new owner, the LA-based fashion mogul Leon Max, and his architects to address. Once repairs were finished, attention was turned to the sensitive incorporation of fashion studios and workshops.

The citation added: “This has clearly been a labour of love for the past seven years, to return a wonderful piece of architecture to its former glory. “The project has not only demanded a deep understanding of traditional craft, but also the ability to reconcile the demands of conservation with those of contemporary life.”

RIBA president Angela Brady said: “The judges were delighted to see so many well considered, crafted and innovative projects, and the use of beautiful materials; these projects are truly exciting and inspiring.”

The Easton Neston restoration was overseen by conservation specialists Ptolemy Dean Architects.