The grand designs have been honoured among eight shortlisted for the 2022 RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) East Midlands Awards.
Set in a woodland site, Ravine House had remained largely unchanged since its construction but lacked central heating and insulation.
As part of the modernisation programme, the house was extended to open up the living spaces to the mature grounds.
The client was keen for the house to be made self-sufficient. Chiles Evans & Care Architects stated: “The renovations included installation of triple glazing and high performance insulation to regulate temperature. Solar panels generate electricity, and a new borehole both provides potable water and serves a ground source heat pump, generating both hot water and heating. Collectively, these interventions allow Ravine House to now function as a sustainable and comfortable home.”
The £12.7million centre provides 40 dementia friendly residential bedrooms, lounge/dining areas and activity spaces. Communal facilities including a café / restaurant and Public Library service.
RIBA East Midlands chairman Nils Feldmann said: “In light of the challenges of the past two years, it’s fantastic to see eight projects shortlisted for the 2022 RIBA East Midlands Awards. The quality and range of the schemes selected, including two designed by practices based in our region, is testament to the skill and determination of the architects involved.”
All shortlisted projects will be assessed by a regional jury in early March with the winning projects announced later this spring.
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