Heritage Award for Armsgate
Building works to the former Melbourne Arms Public House have been specially commended in a Derbyshire architectural awards ceremony. The Armsgate development on Ashby Road was awarded a commendation for ‘Reuse of an Historic Building’ at the Derbyshire Historic Building Trust Architectural Awards. Stanton Developments, Matthew Montague Architects and Gowercroft Joinery are behind the scheme. Judges were impressed with the approach taken to the landmark building, the focus on reviving external features and the overall attention to detail. As part of the work on the old pub, developers reintroduced the original chimney stacks. Judges said: ‘Through sound and considered conservation principles the future of this building has been successfully secured and, in doing so, enhancing the historic streetscape on this gateway approach to Melbourne’.
They also felt the homes built on the grounds of the former pub has been ‘sympathetically designed in a manner befitting their sensitive location’. Stanton Developments said: ‘We would like to thank all contractors, professionals and wider stakeholders for their support and expertise during the Armsgate journey’. The former Melbourne Arms was originally built by Francis Dalman, a full-time inn keeper. Extensive alterations and extensions were made to the building in the 1990s to form an Indian restaurant, which stayed open until late 2014. Stanton Developments acquired the building at public auction in April 2015 and planning permission was granted the following year to refurbish and convert the pub, restaurant and grounds into seven homes.