Building projects in Friskney and Skegness win East Midlands design awards after being nominated by East Lindsey District Council

The award-winning house in Skegness. Photo supplied.
The award-winning house in Skegness. Photo supplied.

A cosy forever home in Friskney and a spectacular statement family home on the edge of Skegness were both winners in the recent LABC East Midlands Built In Quality Awards.

Toft House, Friskney, owned by the Glen Tuplin Trust, and 358 Drummond Road, Skegness, owned by Dean Gillison, were nominated for the awards by East Lindsey District Council and both came out victorious with Toft House winning the Best Individual Dwelling category and the Drummond Road property scooping Best Technical Innovation and being highly commended in the Best Individual Dwelling category.

The award-winning house in Friskney. Photo supplied.

The award-winning house in Friskney. Photo supplied.

During the building stage, the two schemes were overseen by Lincs Building Consultancy, which delivers the building control function on behalf of the council and promotes the design and construction of buildings that are safe, healthy, accessible and environmentally efficient to comply with building regulations.

The Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, Councillor Craig Leyland, said: “These two fantastic developments are worthy winners of these awards. The standard of building and forethought that went into them was incredible.

“It just goes to show that within current planning guidelines and building regulations , it is possible to create some truly spectacular and individual properties.

“Working with the council, Lincs Building Consultancy, architects and builders, these two families now have truly unique and impressive homes.”

Toft House won the Best Individual Dwelling award for the innovative design and sustainable methods used in its construction, which required a number of bespoke techniques to complete the build to the relevant standards.

The house was built as a forever home for Glen Tuplin who, 17 years ago, suffered life-changing injuries in a motorbike accident which have left him with a brain injury affecting his short-term memory and speech as well as mobility difficulties.

This means he will be increasingly reliant on carers – which is reflected in the house in which he lives with his parents Ken and Jan who took on the role of full time carers for their son, once a talented pianist.

Glen, who has an amazing recall of early childhood memories, said: “When the house was being built I was very nervous about moving to it. I really loved the old house. I had lived there since I was three so have lots of memories, good and bad.

“This house will have lots of new memories, all good. Now I love this house. It is amazing. It is good, it is better than the old house.

“The best thing is that it is mine. It is security - my space. No one can make me leave. It would not have been half as good without my parents though.”

The house was built to incorporate both a family home for Glen and his parents, with space for his nephew and niece to stay, as well as a self-contained annex for Glen with accommodation for a carer for when he needs his own space.

Mr Gillison’s newly built luxury family home in Drummond Road, Skegness, won the award for the Best Technical Innovation and was Highly Commended in the Best Individual category.

The design for the new home was meticulously researched and included many vernacular Edwardian villa features such as a tower, cupolas and chimney details.

But the house itself was a thoroughly modern steel framed construction incorporating many green and energy saving measures to minimise energy use.

Mr Gillison explained: “When we bought the house it was a low squat bungalow between two large substantial buildings. It had been left to go into deterioration.

“We had been looking for a nice home for a number of years before it came onto the market. We jumped when the opportunity came up and soon put in planning permission for this house. We tested the water. That was not successful so we changed architect to Neil Dowlman Architecture.

“Initially I thought the plans Neil drew up were a bit over the top, but I think the council was looking at the houses either side and looking for infill from our house in keeping with the area. We wanted a family home in the same area as our business, the Marine Boathouse.

“We lived in a bungalow before so now we have a lovely house but no furniture to fill it as we spent so much money on the house. We were in for Christmas which was good but we were only living in a few rooms due to the lack of furniture.”

The spectacular home, where Mr Gillison lives with wife Paula and their daughters Sam, 23, and Jessica, 15, has six bedrooms, games room, gym, swimming pool and large back garden.

Standing in the spectacular entrance hall, with baby grand piano, leading to the kitchen Mr Gillison added: “It is obviously a big house, but being here and living in it, it doesn’t feel that big. You soon get used to it.

“I used local tradesmen as much as I could. We all worked together, the architect, builders and all the tradesmen, so there is a bit of us all in this house.”