Sandling Park wins Kent Design Award
Child Graddon Lewis’s Sandling Park, a residential scheme in Maidstone, has been named as the winner of the 2007 Kent Design Award for best housing scheme.
CGL designed the three-block, four-storey, apartment-only scheme for Ward Homes (now Barratt Kent) in 2006 and work was completed on site in December last year. The judges praised the project for the manner in which the buildings integrated with the mature landscape through the use of natural materials.
Michael Lewis, CGL Director said: “We’re obviously delighted that the development has won the Award – especially to be chosen ahead of some extremely well respected practices.
“Sandling Park is a very eye-catching development and it’s met with great approval from not only the judges and local planners but importantly residents as well which is the true test of any residential scheme. It has a really distinct identity.” Key factors in designing the scheme included preserving views of the nearby Sandling House, a historic local building, and the need to protect the area’s well established but delicate parkland ecology.
By using local materials, such as the locally quarried Kentish ragstone, and adopting a serpentine design, Child Graddon Lewis was able to devise a solution whereby the new homes blended into the landscape, merging the built form into the natural environment. As well as plaudits for the exterior, the internal layout has been congratulated for providing practical and low maintenance homes, with abundant natural light and