Seaside spectacular now puts the sandcastles in the shade

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 1 Aug 2018

LOUTH designers have been praised for delivering a sensational coastal residence, winning Best Individual New Home category at the East Midlands  Local Authority Building Control Building Excellence Awards.

Lincs Design Consultancy took the award for the recent addition to Seacroft Esplanade in Skegness, exploiting the location’s stunning views across four storeys.

Guy Kemp, managing director, accepted the award from television presenter Nicki Chapman at the bash which followed May’s Humber and South Yorkshire event. 

He was joined by members of the team involved with the project at the Vickers Lane base.

Mr Kemp said: “Our clients approached us with the site they had purchased containing a small dwelling, partly set into the ground as the site was sloping, and wanted to rebuild a house on the site to take advantage of its seaside location. With views across the Lincolnshire coastline to the east, and out across Lincolnshire to the west, our initial design focused on taking full advantage of this.”

Nicki Chapman, presenter of Escape to the Country, third right, with, representing Lincs Design Consultancy, Guy Kemp, managing director, third left; Andrew Clover, director; Chris Burkitt, director; Ricky Newton, associate and Dan Sharp, associate, as well as host and sponsor.

The footprint of the new house is similar in size to the previous dwelling, but additional floors have taken it to a new level in more ways than one. 

The contemporary design focuses on an open plan living arrangement, with provision for future adaptability making this a forever home. Externally the elevations comprise a crisp white render finish with elements of timber cladding and natural slate to the lower sections. 

Large opening doors and windows provide uninterrupted views of the coastline from most aspects of the interior, with single openings added to frame views where this is not possible.

Mr Kemp said: “Winning is testament to the level of detail, and of the work involved, through the entire design process of this project, and any project we work on. The LABC Building Excellence awards don’t necessarily focus on the buildings aesthetics, but on how the design was developed and the spaces achieved on site through the detailed design and construction methods adopted.

“A great deal of time and effort goes into a project of this nature, from preparing the detailed plans and specifications for building control approval, assessing the potential energy performance and aspects of sustainability, all the time involving innovation and problem solving, through to having good working relationships with the entire design and construction team.

“A completed building with a happy client is our main goal, but to win this award on top gives a great sense of achievement for us, and we strive to continue with this success on current and future projects.” 

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