THE BEST looking buildings in Leamington have been honoured.
The annual Leamington Society Awards look to celebrate the best new additions to the town as well as thoughtful renovations of some of its older buildings.
The 18 winners varied from period to contemporary, including two new landmark buildings to the Leamington skyline –
Morrisons supermarket on the old Ford Foundry site, and Station House, opposite the railway station, which provides accommodation for students at Warwick University.
Awards were also given to familiar and important buildings given a new lease of life, including the Old Library on Avenue Road converted into modern homes, and the 19th century former college Binswood Hall which has been transformed into a retirement village.
There were also awards for the new nature reserve Foundry Wood created from scrubland behind the former Ford Foundry; for Warwick District Council and and Leamington Town Council for the care and thought devoted to Christchurch Gardens; and for Network Rail for the its new lighting at the station – restored with period copies.
Other winners were Carluccio’s Restaurant, Satchwell Court; Kang’s Costcutter, Warwick Street; 31 North Villiers Street; 9 Clarendon Crescent; 14 Rotherfield Close; 76 Leam Terrace; 78 Leam Terrace; 21 Beauchamp Hill; 43 Lillington Road; and 49 Beauchamp Avenue.
But most of the nominations were for private homes whole houses, new porches, front doors, windows, garages and gardens were judged.
The sponsors of the event were Chiltern Railways and their CEO Rob Brighouse congratulated all those nominated.
Binswood Hall has been given a new lease of life as a retirement village. (s)