Design award for village hall

Westbury Village Hall
Westbury Village Hall

Westbury’s new village hall has scooped the top prize in the Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) Design Awards.

The Design Awards, now in their 23rd year, recognise and celebrate the best of new design in the district.

Seven entries were shortlisted for a visit by the judging panel, and this year it was Westbury Village Hall that impressed the judges the most.

Hayward Smart Architects collaborated closely with Westbury Parish Council and villagers to provide the valuable modern space for village activities, community-owned shop and café.

The well-designed project was built with help from a variety of grants and provides much-needed facilities for the Westbury community.

Sue Barrett, who collected the award on behalf of Westbury Parish Council, said: “The building of our village hall was very much a team effort. It has given a wonderful heart to our village and is supported by so many volunteers from different areas of our community. We couldn’t have achieved this wonderful hall without the support from AVDC’s Community Chest, LAF, Heart of Bucks and NHB. We thank you all.”

Two local homes received commendations – 93 Midsummer in Little Horwood, a low-energy affordable home which was praised as being a good example of modern bespoke design, and Seven Gables Lodge in Winslow, which was commended for a design that gives a modern interpretation of the local vernacular style

The winners were presented with their awards at AVDC’s Gateway offices in Aylesbury.

Cabinet member for growth strategy Cllr Carole Paternoster said: “It’s a pleasure to celebrate high-quality design within Aylesbury Vale through AVDC’s Design Awards.

“Well-designed buildings make a positive impact on the lives of Vale residents and it is important to recognise those who take particular care and effort to achieve a high standard and set a benchmark for future development within our area. It’s wonderful to see so many schemes take up our challenge to create a positive and inspirational addition to the built environment.”