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Local award winning charity Aldingbourne Trust win the "Public and Community Award" in the prestigious Sussex Heritage Awards 2020.
The Sussex Heritage awards have been running for 22 years and this year due to Covid19 the award ceremony and winners were announced online with over 70 entries across East, West Sussex, Brighton and Hove.
Lord Egremont - President of Sussex Heritage Trust said, "We received a fantastic number of entries which show how popular the awards are and I think they encourage design and architecture in the local area."
HNW Architects submitted an entry for the Aldingbourne Country Centre's new Quarry building into the category for "Public and Community Award" sponsored by Gatwick Airport. Simon Knight - Chairman of Sussex Heritage Trust announced the winners and quoted the judges' response to the Aldingbourne Country Centre from their visit - "it doesn't look like a social care facility, this brilliantly conceived and executed centre for people with learning disabilities has a robust external appearance combined with a warm and playful interior. This and the high standard of finishes creates an environment where people of all abilities can realise their potential."
Michelle McKinley Bell - Head of Enterprise and Development for Aldingbourne Trust said, " We are very proud and honoured to receive this award and wish to thank Amiri Construction Ltd, Hawkins / Brown, HNW Architects, SMD Construction Consultancy Ltd, Campbell Reith, Ingine Ltd, Forest Heat. Energy and Lizard Landscape Design and Ecology for all their creative input from design to build - it has been a team effort in creating this unique and innovative building which we are already seeing the people we support and many local visitors enjoying."
All winners will receive a handcrafted plaque to display within the building and if you have not already visited please do pop down to see this amazing building when it is safe to do so - which is home to a Changing Places facility, Gift Shop, state of the art conference facilities, cafe and even a spiral indoor slide which is open for all ages.
The Aldingbourne Trust support adults with learning disabilities and / or autism to live independent lives and by visiting our Centre you are making a big difference to people’s lives. www.aldingbournetrust.org