A Look At Great Tangley Manor’s Award-Winning ‘Glass Box’
In 2007 Great Tangley Manor’s ‘glass box’ breakfast room became the proud winner of a biennial Waverley Design Award.
The contemporary glass structure, which replaced a huge plastic conservatory overlooking the scenic courtyard, was crowned in the new buildings category and was described by the awards judges as ‘discreet but deceptively simple’.
It was one of an array of outstanding examples of design in Waverley which have been recognised by the announcement of the winners of the competition.
The judges had the difficult task of selecting winners from more than 80 entries in a range of categories. The awards included arts projects, garden projects and academic projects from several Waverley schools.
The Grade I-listed Great Tangley is a stunning 11th-century moated manor house – once used as King John’s Hunting Lodge – which is now rented out for short luxury breaks and corporate use by owners Anne and Glyn Powell-Evans.
They have lived in the east wing of the house for the past two decades and in 2005 bought the west wing, which they subsequently restored. This included the award-winning glass box.
Mr Powell-Evans, who said he was “very pleased” with the award, added: “It was quite a challenge for us because it had a very small kitchen and a massive plastic conservatory which really did look out of keeping.
“The problem was that whatever you used it added yet another architectural style to the property.
“We thought about it a lot and the idea we came up with, with the architect, was a glass box.
“We are delighted with the way it worked – we were a little hesitant because you are introducing something ultra modern, but because it’s virtually invisible it is less intrusive,” he said.
The extension was designed by conservation architects Stedman and Blower of Runfold and Mr Powell-Evans said that all the bodies involved with any work on historic buildings, including the borough council and English Heritage, had been very supportive.
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