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Allies & Morrison wins the open

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Allies & Morrison has won an open riba competition to design a new £700,000 clubhouse and a £500,000, 12-room 'dormy' house for Cowdray Park Golf Club in the West Sussex Downs.

The architect came up with a mainly two-storey building with a wide sloping roof and a three-storey administrative/service component. The lower level contains changing rooms, a games room and the entrance; the upper level opens out onto the first tee and relocated eighteenth green and contains the lounge, dining room, bar, and a shop. A pitched roof is supported on steel columns but is broken by a suite of administration offices with a continuous balcony. The 'discrete' two-storey dormy house is nearby but at a lower level, the rooms having a north-facing view of the countryside.

a&m said it intended to create a 'simple, yet distinctive building' which was in sympathy with the landscape setting, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Numerous listed buildings figure in the park designed by Capability Brown, including the Grade I listed Cowdray House.

Judges, including golfer and commentator Peter Alliss, the club's president Viscount Cowdray, Peter Hamnett from Gilmore Hankey Kirke and Bill Taylor from Michael Hopkins and Partners commended the design for the orientation of the building - allowing good views of the course and late afternoon sun on the terrace. They liked too the single main entrance for security and management reasons, and described the layout of spaces simple and flexible. 'The appearance of the club should create a building of significant architectural merit which fits well within the landscape' they said.

Five other practices were shortlisted from a total of more than 60 entries: Harding Neill & Watson, ws Atkins Architects, Godwin Austen Johnson, Mungo Park Architects and Kajima DesignEurope (below).

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