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

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.

Previous Design Awards

Neil and Rhona Walklet, 17 Glenmore Rd. Repair and restoration of 1930’s semi.

This comprehensive renovation makes a significant contribution to the conservation area by restoring the property to its original standard using appropriate materials, including:


  • Removal of interlocking concrete tiled roof and replaced with new roof using traditional “Rosemary” tiles plus appropriate embellishments, e.g. matching finials
  • Removal of aluminium double glazed windows and replaced with timber sliding sash windows matching original design.
  • Repair and restoration of front elevation timber surrounds, rotten timber sills remade, front bay window and french doors overhauled.
  • Re-rendering to original pattern
  • Restoration of “seashell” canopy over front door

Garage & Driveway

  • Removal of asbestos garage roof, constructed a timber frame structure to house a traditional “Rosemary” tiled roof to match house.
  • Raised garage roof and altered pitch (due to previous disproportionate building) to match front gable to main house using matching engineering brick
  • Removal of poorly laid tarmac driveway/waste ground and replaced with reclaimed yorkstone flags rain water gulleys, yorkstone steps, edge in silver granite setts and reclaimed blue granite cobbled pathway to front door
  • Built dry sandstone walled flower beds

In addition to the York stone drive which echo’s the pavings in the older parts of the conservation area they have also planted, now maturing Birch trees and a Ginkgo Bilobo with the help of an Oxton Society grant which help set off the house plus a recently planted a  beech hedge and re-laid lawns to the front and side of the house.

The project is an example of what can be done to restore a character house in this part of the Conservation Area and should provide a model for others to follow.


Grassguards, 13 Mount Pleasant. (2015)
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, (2015)
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.


Previous Awards

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 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.