Oxton Society Design Award 

The Design Award will be presented annually to a project which can be:

  • A new build
  • An addition to an existing structure
  • A renovation, upgrade or repair of an existing structure

The project will be one which:

  • Makes a significant contribution to the conservation area by achieving a high standard of design in keeping with the character of the conservation area and sets an example for others to aspire to.
  • Demonstrates how appropriate materials can be used to respect the appearance and retain the character of the conservation area.
  • Has been completed in the 12 months prior to the AGM

This year’s Award will be presented at the 2016 AGM on September 14th.

Design Award 2015

We received 6 nominations and all were of extremely high quality projects. The projects were judged on the following criteria – visibility and setting an example. materials, workmanship and imaginative design. All the projects scored well on all or most of the criteria and the final decision was a close thing.

For 2015 the winners of the Oxton design Award were.

Grassguards, 13 Mount Pleasant.
Heather and David Alcock. Renovation and repair of their fine 1900 house, including:
  • Complete re-roofing using salvaged slates and ridge tiles (to match original), copper clouts and lead flashing
  • Repointing of three tall chimney stacks, using lime mortar tinted to match the existing
  • Renewal of existing and replacement of severely deteriorated cast iron gutters to match the original in all aspects (material, profile)
  • Complete reconstruction (replacing severely deteriorated) of six large dormers and all dormer windows, using timber (sapelli (a hardwood))
  • Replacement of severely deteriorated arch top window
  • Restoration of existing wood frame sash windows
  • Restoration of the woodwork at the orangery
  • Redecoration to match the original paint scheme, identified for the ground floor and first floor windows
  • Removal of an inappropriate satellite dish, removal of a redundant aerial and installation of one satellite dish in a ‘hidden’ location (behind the ridge line of the roof, invisible from the public right of way).
Judges comments:

This project shows what can be done to if we are to protect the slow degradation of Oxton’s fine buildings which although not listed are identified in the Conservation Area Character Appraisal as making a positive contribution to the area. None of the works done (except re-location of satellite dishes) is actually required by conservation rules as they stand – but they show how to protect and restore the original fabric of the building.

2 Roslin Rd,
Richard and Sarah Azurdia –  Rebuilding an original sandstone boundary wall demolished by a falling tree.

The wall came down in the big storm on the 12th February 2014 followed by uprooting of the eucalyptus tree adjacent to the wall – tree that had been there for years. Tony King, a local tree feller, agreed to help us on the night and did a fantastic job chopping up the tree and making the road safe – many locals benefited from the wood for their wood burners. Steve Walling (stone mason) and his team were appointed to rebuild the wall back to its former glory sorcing replacement matching stone from Wigan and cutting and finishing by hand over 50 replacement sandstone blocks.”

Judges comments

Oxton’s sandstone walls are the defining feature of the area. This particular example is especially valuable with its dressed stone look. It presented a special challenge to restore it to its original form and the contractor, Steve Walling, has achieved an excellent result both in terms of matching the stone and shaping the blocks to fit the original design.

The other nominations were:

13-15 Fairview Rd, Ian and Christine Wray & Janine Suggett. Environmental improvement to a historic Oxton lane

3 Village Rd, Sue Cook and Peter Corbett. Creative reuse of existing outbuildings and yard and enhancement of a fine Listed Building

21 Glenmore Rd, Neil and Rhona Walklet.

Complete restoration of Arts and Craft type semi-detached villa, including new roof with replacement original Rosemary Tiles, refurbishment of windows and rendering. This project is still underway so the judges decided to hold it over as a strong contender for next year’s award.

2 South Bank, John and Julia Holmans, renovation of veranda, terrace and windows (sorry, no photos available)

Previous winners

Here is a selection of previous winners

The small print

Nominations can be made by members of the Society at any time during the year. You should send nominations to the Society by email or post (see “Contact Us”) ideally with a few photos showing “before” and “after” if appropriate. The closing date for nominations for the 2016 award is August 31st.

The following arrangements apply:

  • Nominations will be invited from all members
  • The awards will be presented at the AGM*
  • One or more (or no) awards may be made each year
  • Awards can be made to commercial, public or residential projects
  • The decision of the Executive Committee (taking into account advice from specialists) will be final.