Project towers over others with nomination

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A LONG BUCKBY firm has been nominated for an architectural award after converting a water tower into a residential property.

The extension, designed by Long Buckby-based architects Baynes and Co, has been shortlisted by The Architects Journal for Best Small Project for 2011.

The awards recognise projects under £250,000. The Water Tower near Kettering is a home, art gallery and performance space for Ros Stoddart, founder of Fermynwoods Contemporary Arts.

The project required the relocation of an existing spiral staircase outside of the water tower to release space for a bedroom, bathroom, study and entrance foyer.

Architect Adrian Baynes said: “It was converted into a house in 1995 but the one thing that wasn’t used at that stage was the tower itself because it had the stair case inside it and there wasn’t any room left.

“What we have done is we have moved the staircase outside the tower into the extensions.”

The extension is designed to look as if the tower’s wall has been hinged out, and the new building plugged into the old. There is even a ‘water line’ inscribed into the render.

He added: “It is a prestigious award because it means, for projects under £250,000, it is one of the best buildings for 2011.”