We are delighted to announce that the newly completed Viking longhouse at the Ancient Technology Centre in Cranborne won the Award for Best Community Building in the UK’s South Western heat of the Local Authority Building Excellence Awards.
A black tie event held in Torquay was attended by representatives of all the eight regional finalists. The award was collected by Tina Taylor and David Gale of East Dorset District Council and Dr Alistair Somerville-Ford, the main sponsor of the project. Unlike the Viking Longhouse, many of the competing buildings were multi-million pound projects.
Great pride was felt by all those involved in the building of the Longhouse. The staff, volunteers and schoolchildren received recognition for the high standards of design, construction and workmanship they achieved in the creation of this wonderful structure. 26 metres long, bow-sided and built from a sweet chestnut timber frame with wattle and daub walls, beneath a fabulous hogback roof, covered with 22,000 handmade shingles, and all archaeologically authentic.
All the winners of the heats around Britain are now put forward to the LABC national competition final which takes place in London in November. For more details check out our website on www.ancienttechnologycentre.co.uk.