ON Thursday last week, the winners of the Georgian Group’s 2016 Architectural Awards were announced at the Royal Institute of British Architects, London W1.
Six awards were given—four were for restoration: of a country house, Combermere Abbey, Cheshire; in the public realm, Sheffield Nonconformist Chapel; of a structure in the landscape, Wimpole Gothic Tower, Cambridgeshire; and of a Georgian interior, Crichel house, Dorset. The Brown Tercentenary Award went to Compton Verney, Warwickshire, and the accolade for a new building in the Classical tradition to a chapel on a Berkshire estate.
A special commendation was also given to the owner of 27, Northgate in Oakham, Rutland, for his singlehanded modernisation of the Grade Ii-listed, 19th-century house.
‘The appeal of Georgian architecture remains alight,’ enthuses architect Pere-