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10 December

OV’s Award Winning Design

Wonderful news from OV Lydia Robinson (K 91-98), whose latest project by her architecture practice, Design Storey, has just won an award.

Lydia explains in more detail, “We were thrilled for our clients Laura and Luke Thomas that The Old Flax Shop was awarded Best Conversion in the 2021 Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards. Laura and Luke approached us in 2016 to explore conversion of their Grade II curtilage-listed building in Dorset into a holiday let, after seeing a previous project of ours, The Miners Cottages, which won The Best Renovation in the 2016 awards. We were appointed as architects for the project and, even though it was small, it was actually quite a complex change of use, taking two years to obtain planning permission and listed building consent.”

Design storey Lydia Robinson

Lydia, who is both Lead and Creative Director of Design Storey, acted as the project architect and heritage consultant, leading it from concept design through to completion. The design concept was to celebrate the flax growing heritage of the area in the building by using rope, hemp and flax in the design, as well as being sensitive to the architectural features and character of the building. Find out more on the Design Storey website.

The project was a ’self build’, with much of the work undertaken by Luke and Laura themselves, with help from family and friends. The project has been a great success and has received many positive reviews on Airbnb.

Commenting on the project, Daily Telegraph Homebuilding and Renovating Awards Judge, Amy Reeves, said, “This light touch, sensitive conversion features clever ideas and quirky details – such as the tongue and groove wall panelling, which conceals services, and the rope balustrade, which is a nod to the building’s original use for rope making – that help celebrate the original fabric of the building. The end result speaks for itself; the project is an undoubted success.”

Lydia added, “It is always a boost for a project by the practice to pick up a national award. It celebrates all the hard work that went into the project by the whole office and the rest of the consultant team. Also it has enabled the year to end on a high, which is a positive feeling after the challenges that the last couple of years have thrown at us.”

Design storey Lydia Robinson

Lydia has previously been featured as our OV of the Week and it is fantastic to see the awards keep coming!