insideSUSSEX Magazine Issue 08 - October 2015 - Page 13

NEWS SEMI-DERELICT BUILDING TRANSFORMED INTO HEART OF THE COMMUNITY Wealden Architectural Designers, Tangent Space, and clients Anne and Geoff Evans have been highly commended for a Public and Community Award by the Sussex Heritage Trust. The award, presented at a gala dinner, is for the transformation of one of Rotherfield’s oldest buildings into the bustling Courtyard Café. Mark Wakelin from Tangent Space was approached by Anne and Geoff Evans in 2013 with a dream of turning the dilapidated listed building of 6 and 6a High Street, Rotherfield into a café, house and flat. The original structure dates back to the 15th century, with an extra building being added 50 years later and then further extensions made in the 1830s and 1870s. In past times, the property has been a greengrocers and then more recently an antique shop which closed some time ago when the building was used solely as a residence and shop but then sadly was left to decline. Its listed status and general decay were huge challenges for Tangent Space and the family. According to Mark Wakelin: “One of the biggest challenges was understanding the scale of the damage and general neglect. Sussex Heritage Trust awarded The Courtyard Project with Highly Commended in the Public and Community Award category. When the “Much of the interior was clad in boarding so it took a lot of work before we could understand and evaluate the scale of the damage. It’s amazing it was still standing.” judges visited the café they thought the whole project was an excellent example of how leading edge material and equipment were being used in a historical context. NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR SUSSEX SPORTS AWARDS 2015 Louise won gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, and competed alongside Jessica Ennis-Hill at London 2012. Since then she has become a regular on the television on programmes such as The Jump and A Question of Sport. Sadie Mason MBE, chief executive of Active Sussex, said: “The Sussex Sports Awards is the most prestigious event in our sporting calendar, so it’s great that Louise can join us in recognising the achievements and commitments of the local people.”Open until 12pm noon on Friday 23rd October, you can nominate local sporting heroes in the following categories: Freedom Leisure Sports Personality of the Year University of Brighton Disabled Sports Personality of the Year Coach of the Year Sussex County FA Volunteer of the Year BBC Sussex Unsung Hero Award Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award Primary School of the Year Workplace Health Award Sportivate Project of the Year The Grand Hotel Club of the Year Team of the Year University of Chichester Young Sports Personality of the Year Young Volunteer of the Year Juice 107.2 Young Team of the Year Nominations are now open in a countywide search for the most deserving individuals and organisations. There is a category for everyone; from world champion athletes and excelling local clubs, to tireless volunteers and primary schools that commit to keeping their pupils active and healthy. • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Hosted by Olympic-heptathlete and media star Louise Hazel, the Sussex Sports Awards 2015 will take place at The Grand Hotel, Brighton on Friday 27th November. Nominations can be made via the Active Sussex website, www. activesussex.org. A shortlist of finalists will be announced on Friday 30th October with the winners announced at the grand event in November. Active Sussex are calling for the public to help find fourteen deserving winners at this year’s Sussex Sports Awards. 13