WORK to redevelop La Moinerie Hotel in Sark has been recognised at a national awards ceremony.
Earlier this year, La Moinerie scooped gold in the Re-use of Materials category at the Natural Stone Sustainability Awards, the world’s biggest event for sustainable design and construction. Judges were so impressed by the work of owners; Sark Estate Management, architects; Lovell Ozanne and contractor; Granite Le Pelley that they were re-presented the award at the Stone Federation’s main awards, which recognise outstanding projects involving the use of stone.
‘It was fantastic to win gold in the Natural Stone Sustainability Awards earlier this year but to be recognised at the main event is a huge achievement and one we are very proud of,’ said Phil Le Roy, managing director of Granite Le Pelley.
‘La Moinerie was a fascinating project to work on and gave Granite Le Pelley the opportunity to utilise many of its staff’s expertise and experience. Everyone involved takes enormous pleasure in seeing how old building materials can be given a new lease of life thanks to the innovation of Sark Estate Management as owners of La Moinerie and Lovell Ozanne who created the vision.’
La Moinerie, occupying the site of a 6th century monastery and a working farm until 1980, was praised for the way in which original stone from the surrounding derelict buildings had been reclaimed and cleaned and for the creation of a cobbled lane and courtyard. The 18th century granite cubes used to create the lane and courtyard had previously been a cobbled street in Brittany but was reclaimed when the street was replaced with a modern road and shipped to Sark.
Kevin Delaney, managing director of Sark Estate Management, praised the teams from Granite Le Pelley, local Sark builders and architect Andrew Male from Lovell Ozanne on the way they had worked together to achieve the scheme originally produced by local, Guernsey-based architect, Kevin Fitzsimons.
‘Our philosophy before we started to restore La Moinerie was to support the island’s economy and to use local resources and materials as much as we could. La Moinerie was a unique project but the result is one of the most sustainable hotels in the Channel Islands and so for it be recognised by the Stone Federation again is good news for the hotel, for those involved and for Sark as a whole,’ he said.
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