The triennial Canterbury Society Design Awards took place yesterday (9th November) and we are delighted to share that one of our projects picked up a coveted award.

Little Catts Farm, located in Lower Hardres, has been awarded Highly Commended in the ‘New Housing Project’ category. The scheme saw the extension of an existing farmhouse to provide further modern accommodation plus a partially glazed link back to the existing property.

The CSDA’s look to recognise and celebrate local projects and Little Catts was chosen for its sensitive approach to the extension of the farmhouse, using traditional techniques and using local tradesmen to undertake the work.

The thought given to the way the two spaces complemented and interacted each other was also highlighted. Small touches envelope the old and the new, for example, the stable door from the existing barn was retained and reused and local materials have been used where possible, including roof tiles from New Romney.

Paul Gannaway, Director, said “It is fantastic that a project like Little Catts Farm has been recognised. The quality work undertaken by the client, project team and contractor is clear to see in the end product and the scheme has a real feel of legacy to it and one we know will remain in situ for generations”.

The judges said “the form and design of the building is entirely traditional with carefully detailed roof, eaves, brickwork and joinery, all consistent with the overall character of the farm. The design, materials and workmanship are exemplary, such that in time, the new building will seamlessly blend into its historic background”.

Thank you to the judging team at the Canterbury Society Design Awards for recognising the project and well done to all the other winners.