Number 1, The Avenue - 16 March 2015

Number 1, The Avenue - 16 March 2015

Clifton College is celebrating after winning a prestigious accolade for one of its newest buildings.

Number 1, The Avenue, was awarded a plaque by the Clifton and Hotwell Improvement Society (CHIS).

The Society was founded in 1968 and now has well over 1,100 members. Its main aims are to improve the amenities of the area, to preserve the best features of the area and to maintain the quality of life.

CHIS has already awarded more than 20 green plaques in the area, which remember famous people with a connection to the buildings they adorn.

But this is the first plaque to be given to acknowledge “buildings and restoration works of distinction.”

Mr John Milne, Headmaster of the Preparatory School, said he was delighted the building had been chosen. 

He said: "Number 1 has been a very successful building for the Preparatory School both in terms of its practical uses but also in that it provides an inspirational environment for the children who use it."

Brian Worthington, Chairman of CHIS, said he was hoping the award would be the first in a long line of plaques celebrating architectural excellence in the area.

He said: “Many of our members have been impressed by this building and what has impressed them most is that it is in keeping with the Victorian style of this part of Clifton.

“As well as being of great importance to the Preparatory School, it has helped give the whole neighbourhood a warm feeling towards Clifton College."

Number 1 The Avenue opened in 2012 and provides separate day houses for girls (South Town) and boys (North Town) and a drama and dance studio. 

The development replaced two 1970s houses and was designed to complement other buildings in the Conservation Area with due care to preserve existing trees and pedestrian and vehicular access.

Mr Richard Morgan, chairman of Clifton College Council, presided over the dedication ceremony and praised everyone involved in the design and construction of the building.

Also at the unveiling were architect Mark Webber and Graham Rowe, Managing Director of the construction company Kitto Group PLC who carried out the work. 

Mr Webber is used to being recognised for his work, having recently won an award for his work on the Blenheim Palace visitor centre.