Winner: The Brewhouse, Peterhouse

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The Brewhouse, Peterhouse

Best Building: Conservation, alteration, or extension (Projects under £2m construction cost)

In this category there is one winner and two commendations.

Client – Master and Fellows of Peterhouse

Main Contractor – Vince Thornby: Thorwood Construction Ltd 

Architect – Giles Quarme Architects Ltd

Structural Engineer – SFK Consulting

Quantity Surveyor – Swayer and Fisher

Mechanical Engineer – Trevor Cushion

Electrical Engineer – James Preedy

Image © Giles Quarme Architects

Judges’ Comments

“The Brewhouse has seen many uses and adaptations over the centuries, and will now be a place for music, providing a stunning performance space among the ancient beams at first floor level, and offices and services below. 

The craftsmanship is superb, with fine attention to detail. As much as possible of the original brick and timber structure and fittings has been retained, and new insertions have been made sensitively. 

Accessibility is addressed by the insertion of a platform lift and new well-crafted wooden staircase internally. Insulation has been added sympathetically and the building does not use gas but is heated by a remote air source heat pump. Environmental controls are carefully designed to project both the structure and instruments within. The longevity of the energy strategy matches that of the building improvements, and we are confident this building will flourish.”