A building commemorating the Few who fought over the county’s skies in the Battle of Britain has been named project of the year at an awards.
The Wing at Capel-le-Ferne took home the top prize at the Kent Design and Development Awards, which honours the best construction schemes every other year.
There were 23 developments shortlisted across eight categories at the ceremony at County Hall in Maidstone on Wednesday.
The Wing, owned by the Kent Design and Development Awards was designed by Godden Allen Lawn in Folkestone, with key consultants including Woodley Coles of Sandwich and Crofton-M&E/structural engineers of Hadlow.
It also won the commercial, industrial and retail category, sponsored by Clague Architects.
Alex Hicken of DHA Planning, sponsors of the Project of the Year award, said: “The Wing is a stand-out development among a shortlist of excellent projects. All of the finalists have demonstrated a high standard of design and quality in their work and it has been a pleasure to find out more about them.”
Kent County Council leader Paul Carter said: “The quality of the built environment makes a difference to where we live and work and these awards are a great way to highlight just how good some of the new developments in Kent are.
“My congratulations to all the finalists, particularly The Wing for being selected as project of the year.”
In the new category of conservation, sponsored by the Rochester Bridge Trust, the work of Baynes and Mitchell Architects saw Command of the Oceans at Chatham Historic Dockyard victorious.
North Vat, a house near Dungeness, took the top prize in the environmental performance category, sponsored by Scape Procure. The property was designed by Rodic Davidson Architects, the main contractor was EcoLibrium Solutions of Folkestone.
In the infrastructure and renewables category, sponsored by CTP Consulting Engineers, the cut and cover tunnel at Hermitage Quarry, Barming, by Gallagher of Aylesford won. A key consultant on this project was Kirk Saunders of Orpington.
Public buildings, sponsored by Kent Construction Focus Group, was split into two categories. The Yarrow in Broadstairs won the education title, while Fairfield in Dartford took community.
Owned by East Kent College, The Yarrow was a regeneration project designed by Tonbridge’s Richard Hopkinson Architects. Fairfield, owned by Dartford Borough Council, was designed by AFLS+P Architects.
Also split in two were residential projects. Sponsored by bdb design, the minor site category was won by Nautical Mews in Margate, while there were two winners from among the major sites: Farrow Court in Ashford and Wallis Fields in Maidstone.
Nautical Mews is Kent County Council-owned and was designed by Clague LLP. Key consultants included SC Green Ltd of Dover and Jenner (Contractors) Ltd of Folkestone.
Farrow Court was designed by PRP, with Pellings LLP of Bromley acting as key consultants. The Golding Homes-owned Wallis Fields was designed by PCKO Architects, with Orpington’s CalfordSeadon LLP acting as key consultant.