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John Gedge Award

1- 4 St. Paul's Square Wins John Gedge Award


The John Gedge Award for contribution to heritage has been awarded to Bedford Borough Council, Aldwyck Housing Group, and V E Parrott (Oakley) Ltd for the restoration of the buildings at 1-4 St Paul’s Square, Bedford.


The award was presented by Sylvia Woods, the president of the Bedford Architectural, Archaeological and Local History Society (BAALHS), to representatives from the three organisations, in the Mayor’s Parlour, on Tuesday 16 February.

The John Gedge Award commemorates Major John Gedge TD, FRIBA (1903-2001), who championed the conservation of architectural heritage in and around Bedford Borough.


The buildings had been unused for almost 45 years, but have been given a new lease of life as much needed town centre affordable housing. The project was achieved with a grant from Bedford High Street’s Townscape Heritage Initiative which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Bedford Borough Council and BedfordBID; the Homes and Communities Agency ‘Empty Homes Initiative’ funding; Bedford Borough Council’s affordable housing budget and Aldwyck Housing Group’s own financing.

 

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Thanks to Bedford Architectural Archaeological and Local History Society (BAALHS) for giving recognition to this crucial project which has both preserved and given new life to these historic properties in the heart of Bedford’s town centre. We are delighted to have been part of this project to bring them back into use after they have sat empty and lifeless for so many years. Now lovingly restored and in-keeping with the site’s medieval heritage, it’s great to see these buildings in use as affordable homes.”

 

Joe Cook, Executive Director of Sales and Development at Aldwyck, said: “We are delighted to receive this award and be recognised for the commitment to architectural heritage at St Paul’s Square. St Paul’s Square is an important building and I am proud that Aldwyck have been involved in this unique and ambitious project, which has only succeeded through the hard work of all parties and demonstrates a true partnership approach.”

 

Sylvia Woods, spokesperson from BAALHS, said: “We were very pleased to give the award and thanks to all concerned.”

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