Cottage joint winner with prestige Wing

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A GREAT Horwood couple have seen their house extension share the honours with two very high-profile opponents in the Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) Design Awards.

Pond Cottage in Great Horwood has been ranked joint winner with the new Silverstone Wing and a new archive centre at Waddesdon Manor, it was announced last week.

Architects Chris Banister and Barbara Dunsire designed a contemporary extension to their Victorian home, Pond Cottage. The two-storey rear extension includes a hallway, garden room, master bedroom and ensuite bathroom.

Buildings all shapes and sizes across the Vale competed in the hotly contested annual awards, which recognise the best examples of good building design and encourage higher standards of design and construction.

Silverstone Wing is an impressive landmark building at the internationally renowned motor racing circuit. Designed by architects Populous, it includes 41 garages which are used by Formula 1 teams during the British Grand Prix, as well as three large halls, conference facilities, a business centre and VIP spectator areas.

Windmill Hill, at Waddesdon Manor is the new home for the Rothschild Foundation Archive.

The renovation of Stowe School’s art school, designed by Rick Mather Architects, was among highly commended schemes.

And Limes Court in Winslow and Cooper’s Wharf in Buckingham were awarded commendations.

Cabinet member for planned development, design and conservation, Sue Polhill, said: “This year the panel chose some extremely varied and distinguished winners. These buildings and projects are a credit to Aylesbury Vale and will help us develop our current and future heritage.”