Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue has won a prestigious Sussex Heritage award for their state of the art synagogue located in Lansdowne Road, Hove. The synagogue recently re-opened after redevelopment, has a new layout and beautifully designed interior to follow the ethos of inclusivity and diversity. Clear winners in the Ecclesiastical Category, BHPS received a hand crafted slate plaque to place on their building. BHPS member, Myra Bianco who headed up the redevelopment scheme and expertly steered it towards completion says, 7d623aa3-0cda-4341-b2de-67ea9780101f (1)‘We are delighted to have won this award. BHPS has been our home since 1937 and has long been in need of modernisation. Brighton Architects ZSTa, following a prior agreement of an overall design scheme by Preston Rubin Associates, have done an amazing job.’

The internal layout of the ‘new’ synagogue offers a large sanctuary, office, library, education rooms and much more over two floors. The space is also open to the wider community and its subtle presence in a conservation area provides Lansdowne Road with a new positive outlook.

A wide variety of projects have received Awards including large country houses converted into luxury apartments; a redundant water pumping station, a well pump house with ice house; a variety of mills, barns, oasts and outbuildings all saved from dereliction and transformed into homes and offices; restored and re-ordered churches, towers and spires; reclaimed and restored gardens and even dovecotes; together with new and contemporary homes, art galleries, museums and theatres.

The judging teams comprised a Sussex Heritage Trust Trustee, a professional in the appropriate field and a ‘lay person’ to ensure a balanced view. The criteria include the project’s suitability of purpose, the best use of the site, the quality of workmanship and suitability of materials used.


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Editor’s Notes: Image caption L-R Nicola Thomas Partner, Architect, ZSTa, Myra Bianco BHPS Brighton and Hove Progressive Synagogue (BHPS)

Sussex Heritage Trust 2016 Ecclesiastical Award Sponsored by The Ian Askew Charitable Trust. Submitted by: ZST Architects, Brighton Awards ceremony, The Old Barn, Pangdean, Sussex, 7/7/16