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Forest Lodge - Highly Commended at Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Awards

“… the contemporary detailing and stained sweet chestnut cladding offer a seamless connection to the landscape.”

Awards Judge Karen Hillhouse


We are delighted that Forest Lodge has been Highly Commended at the 2017 CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England) Hampshire Countryside Awards. The ceremony took place on the 19th September in Littleton, Winchester where Forest Lodge was awarded High Commended in the Sustainable Buildings category.

Karen Hillhouse, Regional Head of Development for the Hastoe Group said: “This project is an exemplar of what can be achieved with ingenuity and an interrogation of the planning system. Built to comply with the Caravan Act of 1968, it is relatively modest in size and did not require planning permission as it replaces a static caravan.”

“The house was constructed off site and assembled in two parts to Passivhaus standards. It is essentially self-sufficient making use of photovoltaics, mechanical heat recovery and a sewage treatment plant. The judges felt the house sat beautifully within its context: a clearing on private land within the New Forest National Park. Although it has a non-traditional flat roofed appearance, the contemporary detailing and stained sweet chestnut cladding offer a seamless connection to the landscape.” 

It is significant for PAD to have a contemporary building recognised by a body such as the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE). It proves that carefully considered contemporary architecture can exist within and enhance the rural England; helping to protect our countryside for future generations.

Forest Lodge was up against a several beautiful and sustainable buildings all of which were contemporary in nature. The well deserved winner was Hampshire County Council Architects - Wessex Learning centre. Also shortlisted was Mottisfont Abbey’s new visitors centre by Burd Haward Architects and Addison Road and The Larch Hut in Brockenhurst by Arboreal Architecture.

It was inspiring to see other shortlisted projects working closely with local communities and their respective landscapes. Kings Worthy School – ‘Learning Through Our grounds’ connected children with the landscape using it as a tool to teach history, science, storytelling and much more. Holden Farm Camping diversified its farming model to teach people about nature and sustainable living while providing affordable accommodation as a base to explore. All the projects, however small, are fundamental in creating, maintaining or enhancing the places and communities that we live.

“This project is an exemplar of what can be achieved with ingenuity and an interrogation” 

Awards Judge Karen Hillhouse


Awards List:

Community and Voluntary – sponsored by Southern Co-op

  • Winner – Community Roots (based at the Sandhurst Road Allotments, Southampton), Southampton Voluntary Services
  • Highly Commended – Milton’s Hidden Seashore (Milton, Portsmouth), Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust
  • Highly Commended – Hordle Environment Group, Lymington, New Forest

Young People – sponsored by Steve’s Leaves

  • Winner – Learning Through Our Grounds, Kings Worthy Primary School, Kings Worthy, near Winchester
  • Highly Commended – Patrick’s Patch, Fairweather’s Garden Centre, Beaulieu, New Forest

Rural Enterprise – sponsored by Hildon

  • Winner – Holden Farm Camping, Holden Farm, Cheriton, near Alresford
  • Highly Commended – Two Hoots Campsite, Bighton, near Alresford

Sustainable Buildings – sponsored by Hastoe

  • Winner – Wessex Learning Centre, Winchester Cathedral – Hampshire County Council Architects
  • Highly Commended – Forest Lodge, Brook, New Forest – PAD Studio