Guernsey Press

Bathing Pools and Alderney fort win big at Design Awards

The Bathing Pools at La Vallette and a spectacular restoration of an old military fort in Alderney were the big winners at the Guernsey Design Awards 2024.

Winners and judges. (Picture supplied)

Both projects were double winners on the night.

The Bathing Pools won the commercial award for architects DLM Architects and The People’s Choice Award by public vote. The category is always hotly-contested and sees some campaigning for the entries, which means the top spot can chop and change during the voting period. But the Bathing Pools took an early lead and stayed out front by a big margin, organisers said.

The firm also took the award for multiple residential builds for La Vigne, a project of 13 homes off Guelles Road, St Peter Port.

Architects Soup had success in the single residential new build category for The Northern Ramparts, a reworking of historic Fort Corblets in Alderney, with its main living space a circular shape, and for an office fit-out at Resolution IT.

The Alderney project also won the Mitch Sneddon Award, made in memory of a man who was an integral part of the awards from inception until he died in December 2021, and voted for by his fellow professionals.

This year’s awards attracted more entries than before, with extra categories and more entrants shortlisted.

The small projects award, for projects up to £250,000, was awarded to architect Doug Langlois, for his own home, Pres De Sable, at Sandy Hook, L’Islet.

The award for single residential renovation/extension went to StudiO for La Fosse Cottage, in St Peter’s, and Create was highly commended for a single residential project at Les Dunes House, Vazon, where commitment to biodiversity was highlighted.

The heritage award went to CCD Architects for its work on La Petite Cache.

The winners for the awards, sponsored by Norman Piette, were announced at a presentation at the Princess Royal Centre for the Performing Arts.

Head judge Larry Malcic, who is also chairman of the Victor Hugo Centre Guernsey, was the guest speaker, discussing his works around the world.