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Since 2003 our Planning Committee has made awards for projects that are judged to be worthy of recognition and are in our judges’ opinion well above the average.

2021 Awards

Awards presented by Prys Morgan President.

Glebe House Penmaen.

Sympathetic restoration of the original old house and additions of modern designed kitchen and garages. (Owain Jones and Cody Bates Architect Huw Griffiths, Contractor Greens.) A wonderful home overlooking Three Cliffs Bay that captured the imagination of the owners “the moment that we drove around the bend of the drive and saw Glebe House emerge in its simple elegance from the gloom of the foggy, damp late July day”.

Owners Owain Jones and Cody Bates
Architect Ashley Davies from Huw Griffiths Architects
Builders Greens, using skilled local labour

Long Oaks Penmaen.

Mainly a new build and restoration of a traditional farmhouse at the eastern end of Cefn Bryn. Inspiration was taken from Kennexstone Farmhouse that was relocated to St Fagans decades ago. This charming home was built 20 years ago, and the Gower Society failed to notice it until 2021.

Work inside is still ongoing and most of the work has been carried out by the owners Richard Jones and his partner Rhian Curtis.

We are delighted to present this belated and deserved award to owners who live there. Inspiration of this traditional build was taken from Kennexstone Farm House now in St Fagans.

Periwinkle Cottage Penclawdd.

A new build that we consider has a pleasing twist to a traditional urban dwelling. A small plot but the house fits comfortably into its location. Builder/Developer HGO Developments Chris Jenkins and Simon Orr, owner Hazel Robatto.

Owner Heather Robatto
Developer and builder HGO Development, Chris Jenkins

The Old Ford between Bishopston and Kittle on the old original access onto Gower.

The limestone pitching had not been repaired for many years and was in danger of reaching a stage where concrete would have been poured in as a quick fix and the stone pitching lost. Carried out by mason Alan Jones (from North Wales who is now based locally) in conjunction with the CCS Direct Labour team. This is an exceptional and sympathetic restoration. Much of the original limestone pitching has been saved and a small quantity of new obtained from similar geological series as the original. Driving force Helen Nicholas, of Gower Unearthed and Gower Society society member, along with Cllr Lyndon Jones, championed this project.

Project led by Cllr Lyndon Jones and Helen Nicholas of Gower Unearthed
Master craftsman, stone mason Alan Jones

Restoration of the Lychgate at St Cenydd, Llangennith.

The listed structure was reaching the state where urgent restoration was required, and the Gower Society are pleased to have contributed to the cost. Local builders Cahill employing master joiner Andrew Metcalf (who lives in Llangennith) carried out the skilled work. The Gower Society were pleased to contribute with a grant totalling £5,000. John David the Church Warden accepted the award on behalf of the Llangennith PCC.

Project led by the Church warden, John David
Contractor Cahill, Master Joiner – Andrew Metcalf of Bay Joinery

 

We welcome suggestions for awards, send to secretary@thegowersociety.org.uk by no later than December. Judging takes place in the early part of the year (usually January). We present our awards at our AGM.

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