College's work to restore historic building honoured at national awards ceremony

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By YouPR | Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 16:25

Work by Weston College to restore an architecturally important building in the town has been honoured at an English Heritage awards event in London.

The College spent more than £1.5 million restoring the 1892 Grade II Listed Hans Price School of Art and Science in Lower Church Road, Weston-super-Mare, which has been transformed into a 21st century conference and event facility.

Contractors Bray and Slaughter began work on site alongside Arturus Architects in April 2011 and the intensive refurbishment was completed in December of that year.

Specialist stone masons, carpenters, joiners and engineers were drafted in to re-structure the cramped internal layout into large spacious rooms over three floors and replace all mechanical and electrical services.

The refurbishment won the Somerset Trust Building of the Year Award 2012, and at the recent English Heritage Angel Awards, the work was honoured with a certificate of merit.

The Angel Awards were founded by Andrew Lloyd Webber to reward the efforts of local people in saving their architectural heritage.

Linda Burlison, Assistant Principal (Systems and Resources) and College staff member Jill Clarkson travelled to the Palace Theatre in London's West End to receive the certificate from George Clarke, presenter of Channel 4's Restoration Man and Amazing Spaces programmes.

Linda said: "It was a real red-carpet event. George Clarke said he remembered the project and thought it was a very worthwhile and interesting restoration and refurbishment.

"We were very proud and honoured to receive the certificate on behalf of the Conference and Events Centre, which is the architectural jewel in Weston's crown. We've held many gatherings in the building since it opened last year and everyone has said what a special place it is."

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