Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue has won a prestigious Sussex Heritage award for their state of the art synagogue located in Lansdowne Road, Hove. The synagogue recently re-opened after redevelopment, has a new layout and beautifully designed interior to follow the ethos of inclusivity and diversity. Clear winners in the Ecclesiastical Category, BHPS received a hand crafted slate plaque to place on their building. BHPS member, Myra Bianco who headed up the redevelopment scheme and expertly steered it towards completion says, ‘We are delighted to have won this award. BHPS has been our home since 1937 and has long been in need of modernisation. Brighton Architects ZSTa, following a prior agreement of an overall design scheme by Preston Rubin Associates, have done an amazing job.’
The internal layout of the ‘new’ synagogue offers a large sanctuary, office, library, education rooms and much more over two floors. The space is also open to the wider community and its subtle presence in a conservation area provides Lansdowne Road with a new positive outlook.
A wide variety of projects have received Awards including large country houses converted into luxury apartments; a redundant water pumping station, a well pump house with ice house; a variety of mills, barns, oasts and outbuildings all saved from dereliction and transformed into homes and offices; restored and re-ordered churches, towers and spires; reclaimed and restored gardens and even dovecotes; together with new and contemporary homes, art galleries, museums and theatres.
The judging teams comprised a Sussex Heritage Trust Trustee, a professional in the appropriate field and a ‘lay person’ to ensure a balanced view. The criteria include the project’s suitability of purpose, the best use of the site, the quality of workmanship and suitability of materials used.