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'Infamous Brutalist' chosen to restore Voysey's Cottage

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An architect best known as a 1960s Brutalist has been chosen to restore a Victorian building by one of the great past masters of British architecture.

Owen Luder, twice past-president of the RIBA, will take on Charles Voysey's Grade II*-listed Arts and Crafts house, The Cottage, in Warwickshire. 'It's interesting that an infamous 1960s Brutalist architect has been entrusted with the renovation and improvements to Voysey's first country house, ' Luder said.

Restoration and renovation to the home, designed in 1880 and built at Bishops Itchington, will include improvements to the entrance and entrance hall.

The architect will upgrade bathrooms and kitchens and design an extension for stables and garages. Luder had to win round the client, Follett Property Holdings, which wanted to build housing in the gardens.

Luder worked with English Heritage to ensure the home is sensitively restored, and will collaborate with Peter Thomas de Cruz Architects on the internal spaces. David Jarvis Landscape Architects is renovating the gardens.

Luder, RIBA president from 1981-83 and 1995-97, is also working on the meeting place of St John's Wood Arts Group, of which Voysey was a member.

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