Village hall's design award

December 1, 2016 Architects,Community

Westbury representatives were delighted to discover their new village hall had scooped the top prize at AVDC’s Design Awards ceremony.

Aylesbury Vale District Council’s Design Awards, now in their 23rd year, recognise and celebrate the best of new design within the district, from the modest to the exceptional. Seven entries were shortlisted for a visit by the judging panel and this year it was Westbury Village Hall, situated five miles from Buckingham, that impressed the judges the most.

Hayward Smart Architects collaborated closely with Westbury Parish Council and villagers to provide the valuable modern space for village activities, community-owned shop and café. The well-designed project was built with help from a variety of grants and provides much needed facilities for the Westbury community. 

Sue Barrett collected the award on behalf of Westbury Parish Council, and said: “The building of our village hall was very much a team effort, it has given a wonderful heart to our village and is supported by so many volunteers from different areas of our community. We couldn’t have achieved this wonderful hall without the support from AVDC’s Community Chest, LAF, Heart of Bucks and NHB, we thank you all.” 

The Highly Commended award went to Marsworth Wharf, a development that transformed its canal-side setting while keeping the character of the historic wharf.

The elegant and functional Waddesdon Manor Pavillion joined four residential entries to be credited with commendations including Manor Farm, the sensitive redevelopment of a former farmyard in Oakley which included the conversion of four dilapidated barns and five new homes designated in the traditional barn style. 

More modest projects included the low energy affordable home 93 Midsummer in Little Horwood, which was praised as being a good example of modern bespoke design; the family home Seven Gables Lodge in Winslow, which was commended for a design that gives a modern interpretation of the local vernacular style; and 6 Town Farm, Cheddington, whose modern extension artistically referenced the grade II listed 17th century building to which it was attached.

Cllr Carole Paternoster, Cabinet Member for Growth Strategy, said: “It’s a pleasure to celebrate high quality design within Aylesbury Vale through AVDC’s Design Awards. Well-designed buildings make a positive impact on the lives of Vale residents and it is important to recognise those who take particular care and effort to achieve a high standard and set a benchmark for future development within our area. It’s wonderful to see so many schemes take up our challenge to create a positive and inspirational addition to the built environment.”

This year’s winners were presented with their awards at The Gateway Conference Centre in Aylesbury.

To find out more about the awards, visit