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Cedars Hall Scoops Somerset Building Award

Six Somerset building projects, including Wells Cathedral School’s very own Cedars Hall, have won prestigious awards for the exceptionally high standard of their design and craftsmanship.

The winners of the William Stansell/Somerset Building Preservation Trust Awards were announced at a special ceremony at the Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury in late September.

Russell Lillford, chairman of the Somerset Building Preservation Trust said: “A total of 25 entries were received this year, all of a very high standard. I congratulate to all those who have won awards or have been commended – theirs is a considerable achievement.”

The panel of judges headed by architect John Beauchamp, from B2 Architects in Wedmore, looked at projects involving the alteration, conversion or repair of historic buildings, carried out in the county in the past two years. They placed entries into four categories – Churches, Conservation, Public Buildings and Residential.

The Awards are named after the late William Stansell, founder and Chairman of the Stansell Group. His great love was the conservation and repair of historic buildings. The Awards were presented by his grandson James Holyday.

The judges described Cedars Hall, as “An excellent example of an uncompromisingly contemporary building fitted comfortably into a sensitive historic setting. The concert hall is beautifully wrought; stylish, technically superb and attractive both outside and in, relating well to its surroundings especially on the entrance and cricket field sides.”

Cedars Hall contractors, the Shaylor Group added, “We are thrilled to see our beautiful Wells Cathedral School Cedars Hall project named winner of a William Stansell Somerset Historic Building Award. Huge congratulations to Wells Cathedral School and Eric Parry Architects!”