Morris House wins Award

morris houseMorris House has won the Ealing Civic Society Award.

The Ealing Civic Society Awards are given the architects of new buildings, refurbishments and restorations which help make a positive contribution to Ealing.

In their 20th anniversary year, the Society gave their top award to Morris House, in Swainson Road, Acton. St Benedict’s School, previously the winner of an RIBA Award was commended.

Morris House is a Shepherds Bush Housing Association block of 41 affordable apartments , and was converted from a Morris Minor car parts’ warehouse. The new Davy Smith Architects design retained the original external shell.

Paul Doe, chief executive of Shepherds Bush Housing Group, which owns the development, told the Ealing Gazette: “We are honoured to have this commendation, which we feel recognises the integrity of the design and our determination to ensure a landmark building continues to be part of the local community.”

The Cloisters at St Benedict’sSchool has already received commendations from two prestigious architectural organisations – the Royal Institute of British Architects and the British Council for School Environment awards for best extension of a school.

Dr Robert Gurd, chairman of Ealing Civic Societysaid: “The awards scheme was originally designed to stimulate interest in architecture and conservation in Ealing and to encourage a high standard of design fit for purpose. The 40 awards and commendations suggest the scheme has amply met these aims.”

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