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Not One but TWO National Award category shortlistings

Not One but TWO National Award category shortlistings

It has been claimed to be "the first new building permitted in Dunster in 100 years".

Exmoor National Park's picturesque, medieval village has a new purpose-designed Doctors' Surgery that since it recently opened, has received much critical acclaim.

Already it has been shortlisted in two categories of a national award scheme.

The building seems to be highly popular with its users and local residents.



Situated on a sloping site adjacent to the village playing fields and a scheduled Ancient Monument, all where it was said Planning Consent could never be achieved! The sympathetic design provides level, bridged access to the upper floor main entrance and integrates a passenger lift with full, independent wheelchair accessibility to the lower floor.



The two storey building was designed to look very much smaller than it really is.

Shoe-horned into the residual space between major underground electrical and water supplies that serve Dunster, it was known that moving them would have been prohibitively expensive.

"There were far more factors to take account of than is usual" said the Design Architect and Director David Trigger of Challice Architects.

"Those restrictions also dictated my approach to the design.

It really was the springboard for an innovative solution that could resolve all of the requirements.

Crucially, we needed a visually small scale, humane building befitting of its special setting.

Feedback so far has been especially complimentary. "

"The architects did a fantastic job" said Dr Ian Kelham.

The final award scheme results are expected to be announced in November 2016

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