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2 February 2004
Countryside Properties PLC and their joint venture partners, Latchmere Properties were recently awarded a 'Design and Conservation Award' by Elmbridge Borough Council for their sensitive restoration, refurbishment and conversion of the Grade II listed 'Sandown House' in Esher, Surrey.
Sandown House is one of the largest and most prestigious historic buildings in Esher and dates back to 1780 when it originally stood within extensive grounds before the town evolved around it. Historically referred to as 'Number One, Esher' due to its prominent location on the Old Portsmouth Road, the elegant mansion has been sympathetically converted and restored by Countryside Properties and Latchmere Properties. Each of the 23 one, two and three bedroom elegant apartments benefits from spacious rooms and high ceilings, together with a contemporary interior designed for modern living.
Helen Moore, Sales and Marketing Director of Countryside Properties, comments, "Historic buildings play a vital role in Britain's architectural and cultural heritage. The redevelopment of Sandown House has been an ambitious project, generating much excitement and anticipation in the area and we are delighted to have received this award in recognition of our contribution towards the conservation and enhancement of Elmbridge Borough."
Richard Eshelby, Managing Director of Latchmere Properties comments, "We have always enjoyed bringing important local buildings back to residential use. In this instance, the improvement to Esher High Street has been unprecedented, as a result of the scope of the restoration works, due in part to the extent of the building's dereliction. Once again the partnership has been a huge success and we hope to become involved in many more projects of this scale and nature."
Councillor Mrs Maureen Sheldrick, Chairman of Planning and Licensing Committee, Elmbridge Borough Council, comments, "This year's design awards again celebrate what can be achieved with imagination and flair in the design of new developments and in the conservation of our built and historic heritage. With the ever increasing pressure for development in our borough it is important that these examples of good design are promoted to encourage others to enhance the quality of schemes coming to the council for approval."
Each prestigious home benefits from a spacious drawing room and many include an additional dining room. A home cabling system enables multiple telephone links, high speed internet access, a home network, and the facility to watch videos and digital television from any TV in the apartment. The kitchen is custom-designed with granite work surfaces and a range of stainless steel integrated Gaggenau appliances, while the bathrooms feature quality sanitaryware and Aqualisa Aquavalve showers.
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Information correct as at 02/02/2004