Small pie firms dominate awardsEntries to the British Pie Awards 2011 are being dominated by small producers, according to organiser the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie Association. Approximately 62% of the entries to date qualify for the Small Producers Special Award. The judging takes place on 8 June, and entries are accepted until 27 May. For details, visit www.britishpieawards.co.uk.Greggs’ strong EasterSales were strong at Greggs over the Easter period, as the bakery retailer announced like-for-like growth of 0.8% for the 18 weeks to 7 May 2011. Total sales were up 4.8%, helped by sales of three million hot cross buns up 23% on last year. It also crossed the 1,500 shop mark for the first time, with 1,507 outlets.Macphie backs charityIngredients manufacturer Macphie of Glenbervie has pledged its support to Coeliac Awareness Week running from 16-22 May which is spearheaded by the Coeliac Society. The firm recently launched a gluten-free cake mix to cater for the growing demand for free-from products.Support for childrenDalebrook Supplies has announced it is an official supporter of BBC Children in Need 2011, which takes place in November, and has designed special Pudsey and Blush melamine plates, with a 26% donation from the RRP of each plate sold going to the cause.Staff take on Julie’sA Cambridgeshire craft bakery has been taken over by members of staff after it was threatened with closure. Six staff took over March-based Julie’s Bakery after the previous owner decided to close it down, so he could concentrate on other business interests.
B & B Residence in Paddington, designed by Hogg & Lamb. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones.A Morningside home in the same category, designed by Kieron Gait Architects took the approach of adding to the highset 1920s house by connecting it back to its garden via a pavilion. The original Queenslander was now a “retreat” containing the bedrooms and a TV and craft room while the new “garden pavilion” houses the kitchen, dining room and living areas. “Connected by a covered, but open deck and link, it encourages breezes through the site and allows the family to feel like they are within thegarden domain.” Crescent House in Seven Hills, by architecture firm Deicke Richards with Steven Clegg Design. Picture: Christopher Frederick JonesArchitect Jolyon Robinson, whose design for Avonlea saw it short-listed for the new house over 200sq m award as well as the sustainability gong, said the project was bittersweet for him as the property was on the site of his childhood home.“That house was probably the most special to me because our family home used to be on that site when we were kids,” he told The Sunday Mail. “The old Queenslander burnt down nine years ago and I was commissioned by the new owners to design them a new family home. Terrarium House in Highgate Hill by architecture firm John Ellway. Picture: Toby Scott.Also in the category was JB House in Capalaba by Reddog Architects which looked at reutilising the existing home and reconfiguring it for passive environmental control, taking a “simple approach” that revealed “points of intersection between new and old and use ordinary materials to create extraordinary spaces”.“This extension to a single storey, brick veneer home in Brisbane’s east is an example of a new wave of alterations and additions projects in the city’s suburbs,” the firm said in its statement on the project. Bungalow Garden Rooms in Paddington — Architect Myers Ellyett with Dan Young Landscape Architect. Picture: Cathy Schusler.It will face stiff competition from fellow Queenslanders, with an Auchenflower project called Bungalow Garden Rooms by Myers Ellyett with Dan Young Landscape Architectalso up for thelandscape award nationally, and three others also up for the “over 200sq m” renovation prize.A Paddington home called B & B Residence designed by Hogg & Lamb tackled turned an existing inner-city Queenslander cottage on a steep site into a reinvigorated private, functional space. “Views are edited while portions of the sky, trees and mountains are carefully framed through a series of openings, peepholes and voids,” was how Hogg & Lamb described it. Yeronga House by Tim Bennetton Architects. Picture: Shantanu Starick.Smaller renovations under 200sq m out of Queensland also caught the judges’ eyes, three of which were now in the shortlist for nationals including Terrarium House in Highgate Hill by John Ellway, where a 100-year-old cottage was jettisoned into the 21st century with a sympathetic upgrade that involved inhabiting the undercroft. ”The house began as an exercise in pragmatics,” was how the firm described the challenge. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoMorningside Residence by Kieron Gait Architects. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones.The fourth house to make the cut for its “over 200sq m” renovation work was Yeronga House by Tim Bennetton Architects in Brisbane. The low key Queenslander was transformed with a new pod or studio created to the rear of the house, separated by a walkway and series of decks going to the garden. They even raised the level of the garden to avoid the use of all balustrades. Avonlea in Eumundi gave Robinson Architects a chance to make the most of the site. Picture: Nic Granleese.“It was a labour of love. I obviously knew the site but hadn’t been there for 20 years. “The old Queenslander was beautiful but hot in summer and cold in winter. Having a blank canvas and the ability to get all the fundamentals right like orientation and windows was so great.”Of the seven Queensland renovations that made the national cut, four were for alteration and addition over 200sq m, including Seven Hills property Crescent House by Deicke Richards and Steven Clegg Design. The home was also short-listed in the garden or landscape category nationally. Avonlea in Eumundi, designed by Robinson Architects. Picture: Nic Granleese.QUEENSLAND home renovations from garden rooms to pavilions and undercroft rejuvenation have made the cut in the battle for top national honours.Eleven homes in the Sunshine State were short-listed for the 2018 Houses Awards — and in a nod to the record surge in renovations, seven of the houses were upgrades.Juror Stuart Vokes, director of Vokes and Peters Queensland which won the coveted Australian House of the Year last year, was blown away by the calibre of designs coming out of Queensland.The work was so good that two homes were nominated for double awards: Avonlea by Robinson Architects in Eumundi and Crescent House in Brisbane’s Seven Hills byDeicke Richards with Steven Clegg Design. JB House in Capalaba by Reddog Architects. Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones.Monash Road House in Tarragindi by the firm Zuzana and Nicholas made it a triple out of Brisbane for the smaller renovation category, using a strategy of “minimal intervention”.The project involved “renovations to an existing post war house in Tarragindi, Queensland, through minimal interventions and new insertions within the old house” was how the firm described their work. Monash Road House in Tarragindi by architecture firm Zuzana and Nicholas. Picture: Toby Scott.Two new houses over 200sq m made the shortlist too — one out of Ashgrove called Glenlyon Estate by Push Architecture and Louise Walsh Interior Design and the other a glass pavilion wrapped in timber sliding screens titled Tinbeerwah House by Teeland Architects in the Noosa Hinterland. Glenlyon Estate in Ashgrove by Push Architecture and Louise Walsh Interior Design. Picture: Maree Homer.The idea was to open the Noosa home “to the bush, ocean, stars and sky”, with hardwood screens allowing the owners to control light, breezes, privacy and views. “The long thin plan ensures the building is only one room deep to maximise, ocean views, cross ventilation and natural light. The house layout allows the family to come together to cook, eat and relax, but also the separation of more quiet spaces for reflective time.” Tinbeerwah House in the Noosa hinterland by Teeland Architects. Picture: Jared Fowler.The 2018 Houses Award is in its eighth year and saw the highest number of entries ever, with 477 submissions, up 7 per cent on 2017.Houses magazine editor and 2018 juror, Katelin Butler, said it was “great to see our talented architects and designers experimenting and challenging the status quo, resulting in a series of surprising and delightful architectural moments.” The winners will be announced on July 27. QUEENSLAND HOMES IN 2018 HOUSES AWARD SHORTLIST: Avonlea (New House over 200m2 and Sustainability) B & B Residence (House Alteration & Addition over 200m2) Bungalow Garden Rooms (Garden or Landscape) Crescent House (Garden or Landscape and House Alteration & Addition over 200m2) Glenlyon Estate (New House over 200m2) JB House (House Alteration & Addition under 200m2) Monash Road House (House Alteration & Addition under 200m2) Morningside Residence (House Alteration & Addition over 200m2 ) Terrarium House (House Alteration & Addition under 200m2) Tinbeerwah House (New House over 200m2) Yeronga House (House Alteration & Addition over 200m2)
Road To Riches was prominent from the start with On His Own while Home Farm, the outsider of the party, fell at the first. There were no other dramas as the race unfolded on the second circuit, though last year’s winner Bobs Worth and Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Lord Windermere were held up and never got into contention. Sam Winner staked his claim when going into the lead after the fourth-last, but On His Own stuck to his guns, while Carlingford Lough also threatened as the field turned for home with all to play for. It was still anybody’s race at the final fence, but Road To Riches came out on top as he supplemented his victories in the Galway Plate and the JNwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal. Meade said: “We’re thrilled. It really didn’t go to plan because we thought we’d be able to make it, but he was getting a bit of hassle from the other horse. I think around the last bend, he just didn’t get the run of it really, but it worked out well for him I suppose. “He’s a fair horse. We knew he was in great shape, and he’s just improved and improved all the time since Punchestown. He’s just got better and better every day. “He is exciting and the way he came home, you’d imagine it’s all systems go for Cheltenham, I presume. You’d say he’ll get the trip the way he stayed on there, he really stuck at it well. “We did the same with him that we did after Punchestown and left him off. It was never the plan to run at Gowran (in October) and he was a bit of work short (when beaten by Sizing Europe). We learned a lesson there. Bryan rode him work in Navan last week and was delighted with him. Connections of Noel Meade’s charge (4-1) had expressed concerns about the heavy ground, but the Gigginstown House Stud-owned gelding allayed those fears with a gutsy display. Bryan Cooper was hard at work some way from home aboard the winner, who had lost his pitch after racing prominently, but he showed plenty of determination as he got up on the run to the line to score by a length and a half from On His Own, with Sam Winner third. “I thought that was a good race today and thought it was every bit as good as the King George.” Cooper, completing a treble for Gigginstown including the day’s other Grade One on Lieutenant Colonel, said: “He was very good. Things didn’t go according to plan, but he showed today that he doesn’t have to be ridden from the front and he showed he stays. He answered all the questions today. “I knew I had plenty of horse left, but he doesn’t like to be crowded. I didn’t want to get into a battle with Sam Winner from the second-last as he’s an out-and-out stayer. Our lad has a touch of class and showed that today.” Paul Townend was handed a four-day suspension by the stewards for using his whip with excessive force on runner-up On His Own. Road To Riches was trimmed to 14-1 from 20-1 for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup by Paddy Power. Road To Riches emerged as a serious contender for the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup when pouncing late to claim the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown. Press Association
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