Developer's work on two historic former Keynsham schools wins awards

Published on: 02 Apr 2016

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April 2016

The developer behind the transformation of two historic school buildings in Keynsham has been presented with two awards for the way it has preserved part of the town’s heritage.

Keynsham Civic Society has handed two Howard Massey Awards to Whitecroft Developments Ltd following the company’s conversion of the Victorian Temple Primary and Bath Hill schools into apartments.

The society presented two plaques to go on display at each of the sites to Whitecroft’s Rebecca Hales and Chris Thorne, who is site manager at the company’s Treetops development in Bristol Road, at the Old Bath Hill School on March 9, watched by residents who have moved into the redeveloped sites.

Iris Lerpiniere, from the society, said: “We are very pleased to recognise such excellent design and craftsmanship preserving the best of old Keynsham.”

Rebecca Hales said: “We do not underestimate the value of local heritage, the prominent Victorian schools in Keynsham deserved a great deal of time and attention and produced unique homes, which I know are well loved by their new owners.

“The awards are also received by the new owners and management companies who now own a piece of Keynsham’s heritage.

“It is always within our design brief to add value and retain existing character wherever possible, and we are very happy to see that this is recognised by the local residents and Keynsham Civic Society.”

The Howard Massey Award was launched in 2003 and is presented to conversions and new-builds that civic society members believe enhance the town.

Mr Massey founded the society alongside fellow resident Mary Fairclough in 1968 and it has been defending the town’s green belt and working to preserve its heritage, from ancient footpaths to historic buildings, ever since.

The group, which meets once a month, comments on various planning applications submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council and is inviting members of the community with an interest in their local environment to get involved.

Iris Lerpiniere said: “We would like to hear from people who are enthusiastic about Keynsham continuing to be a good place to live. Our overall aim is to keep Keynsham in a good state with the best of the modern and the best of the historic.”

To find out more about the society, email the group at keynshamcivicsociety@gmail.com.

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