One of Britain’s Best New Homes

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Update:

The Red Bridge House has now been shortlisted in the Structural Awards 2014 in the community/residential category.

Established in 1968, the international awards by the Institute of Structural Engineers celebrate innovation and excellence in the field of structural engineering.  Other projects nominated include a bridge modelled on a Maori fish hook, a sculpture at Heathrow Airport and a new Apple store in Istanbul.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 14th November.

The Red House is on the market for £2.5million.

Red Bridge House, Redbridge Lane, Crowborough Copyright Tim Crocker Architectural Photography
Red Bridge House in Crowborough

A house in Crowborough has been given an architectural award for ambition and innovation in using steel in its construction.

The Red Bridge House in Crowborough has just been commended in the Structural Steel Design Awards.  Only last month the house, built in 2013 on Redbridge Lane, also won an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The architects Smerin say what make the recognition more amazing is this is just a family home with the other finalists being large buildings and bridges with complex steelwork structures.

Pier Smerin told CrowboroughLife:

I am pleased about as it is a just reward for the clients bravery in commissioning a house that is a bit out of the ordinary.  Hopefully people in and around Crowborough who have seen the house might also welcome something a bit different.

They overall winners in the Structural Steel Design Awards included Splashpoint Leisure Centre in Worthing and two 30 massive high equine sculptures, known as the Kelpies, in Scotland.

The Kelpies by sculptor Andy Scott.
The Kelpies by sculptor Andy Scott.
Red Bridge House, Redbridge Lane, Crowborough Copyright Tim Crocker Architectural Photography
Red Bridge House in Crowborough

The house was designed for Richard and Emma Hannay and is set in Sweethaws Wood south of Crowborough.

The four bedroomed house is arranged over three levels.  The main living spaces occupy the middle floor and lead out on to the veranda hung from and sheltered by the overhanging steel framed roof.  The top floor accommodates bedrooms, while the lower level contains a swimming pool.

The judges described the building as a striking modern house:

The simple, but effective, steel framing incorporates a cantilever steel beam structure, with tension rods carrying the forward perimeter, coping with complex deflections.  Much of the cladding and the access bridge is in weathering steel.So this is an active testament to steel in many forms.

Take a look inside this beautiful new home.

Photographs of Red Bridge House by Tim Crocker.

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