A run down pub has been rescued from ruin by a Rugby design firm to become an award-winning establishment.
Rory McClean acquired The White Swan in Shawell after it had suffered periods of closure.
He has been a chef with Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley and had visions to reinvent the business as a contemporary village gastro pub.
The gastro pub opened in Christmas 2012 and has attracted high praise from its customers.
This praise was brought to the attention of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) who announced in December 2013 that The White Swan Inn was to be awarded first place in the national CAMRA Design Awards for ‘Best Refurbishment’.
Rory said: “I am proud to be awarded the prestigious CAMRA Design Award and that the fact the pub is a freehouse allows local brewers to showcase their ales.
“At present the local Dow Bridge Brewery at Catthorpe are providing their award winning ales to the delight of customers.”
HB Architects directors Richard Palmer and Ryan Gettings designed the conversion and oversaw the construction project which was carried out by Henry Rowlands Construction of Kenilworth, who have worked closely with HB Architects, who are based in Warwick Street, Rugby.
In their award résumé CAMRA states: “The mid grey woodwork manages to look ancient and modern at the same time and the interiors look clearly contemporary while respecting the historic character of the building.”
The contemporary lighting and natural materials including French oak parquet flooring and New England panelling were singled out for praise, and the report concludes: “Above all there is an attention to detail here which takes it beyond the normal pub makeover’.
As well as the CAMRA Award HB Architects are also proud recipients of a design award from Aylesbury Vale District Council for their work at Akeley Wood School.
Craig Beech, director, and David Box masterminded the project on behalf of HB Architects and recently received the award which was in recognition of ‘high quality design’.
HB Architects have been established since the early 1950s and say success is down to clients and projects.