The Cookham Society Design Award is an annual design prize for whole buildings, extensions or landscaping projects. The Award is given to projects which enhance the visual environment and are in keeping with the Cookham Village Design Statement. Winners receive a certificate and a unique blue ceramic plaque.
There were five buildings nominated for the The Cookham Society Design Award for 2022. They were all houses, one in the village and four in the Dean. The Design Award sub-committee makes their decision based on each project’s compliance with the Village Design Statement published in 2012. The standard was very high and after site visits and a long discussion, the award was made to Tars Platt, a beautifully restored house opposite the Old Cricket Green. The house is owned by Mr and Mrs Stonell.
The winning entry was revealed at the Society’s AGM on 3rd March by the President, Mr Tom Denniford, who said that the award had been granted in recognition of the excellence of design achieved and for its consistency with the principles enshrined in the Cookham Village Design Statement. Tom said:-
"The Award is for the extension and renovation of a modest 1902 detached house in a prominent position overlooking the Old Cricket Green in Cookham Dean. No expense was spared in the effort to use original materials, using reclaimed brick, traditional slate for the roof, lime-render and heritage paint colour. The owners replaced Upvc windows with authentic wooden sashes and even replaced drain down-pipes with cast iron mouldings. The committee were most impressed by how the owners had kept the old, grassed entrance to the property at the front, hiding the parking area behind hedges at the back of the house. Even the planting maintained the traditional feel of the house, with a newly created parterre garden, edged with terracotta rope edging set off by carefully designed and sympathetic planting. Most outstanding however, was the owner’s absolute attention to detail. The committee thought the renovation was faultless."
The Cookham Society’s President, Tom Denniford, presents Anita Stonell, winner of the 2022 Cookham Society Design Award, with a specially commissioned ceramic plaque.
Details of the next competition will be posted here in due course.