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Canterbury's Clague Architects awarded Almshouse Association prize from Prince Charles

An architects firm has been awarded a prize by Prince Charles.

Canterbury-based firm Clague Architects has received its third Patron’s Award from the Almshouse Association.

The Prince of Wales is patron of the national charity which represents 1,700 independent almshouse providers across the UK. The award recognises "outstanding almshouse developments".

The Clague team pick up their award (11895974)
The Clague team pick up their award (11895974)

It was presented for work the architects conducted on four single-storey almshouses for the Sir Roger Manwood Trust in St Stephen's Green in Canterbury.

Almshouses are traditionally homes for the elderly or poor.

It is added to previous awards for the firm for designs for projects in Maidstone and Harrietsham.

Prince Charles is patron to the Almshouse Association
Prince Charles is patron to the Almshouse Association

The award was presented to Andrew Clague by the Duke of Gloucester.

Mr Clague said: “Over recent years we have developed a specialism in the design of almshouses and worked for many providers, alongside our clients in the world of small-scale house builders and providers of social housing.

“Having our architectural work recognised by Prince Charles, who we all know takes a keen interest in design and the built environment, is a massive vote of confidence, and reflects our long-standing work with many almshouse providers, often working in sensitive conservation areas.”

Duke of Gloucester presented the award to the architects
Duke of Gloucester presented the award to the architects

The Sir Roger Manwood Trust previously provided eight Grade II listed almshouses for the elderly in historic buildings, two miles from Canterbury Cathedral.

Clague, in conjunction with the trust, Canterbury City Council and Historic England, came forward with a design in a style sympathetic with the existing Tudor buildings, and planned to foster a community spirit amongst all residents.

The new almshouses cater for the able bodied and those with mobility problems thanks to fully fitted kitchens and wet rooms, plus external recharging spaces for mobility scooters and ramped level access around the building.

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