Metis Homes awarded regional accolade for stunning Dorset development

Winchester-based Metis Homes has been awarded the Derek Beauchamp Award by the Dorchester Civic Society, for the design of its ten private homes at Eastgate, on High East Street. The award, which is voted by residents of Dorchester, seeks to showcase and honour the very best new buildings and projects in the town, based on their high standard of design.

Eastgate is a collection of three and four-bedroom townhouses and one two- bedroom coach house. Recently completed and sold, the development was designed and built using natural local materials, such as Portland stone, which complement the local architecture and heritage of the site.

The panel of judges were impressed with the new entrance to High East Street that Eastgate brings, citing that the new homes give a first statement that turns a distinctive corner along both the street and river Frome. They also acknowledged that the site was always going to be difficult to develop, lying among a range of architectural styles as neighbours, and the choice of materials and sympathy with the local history aided it a worthy winner.

Adam O’Brien, Managing Director at Metis Homes said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have received this award for Eastgate, and I know I speak on behalf of the whole team when I thank the local residents for voting the building as the best new project in the area. Our team of experts took the unique heritage of the site in to consideration with the design, and this latest award is a tribute to their hard work and attention to detail.”

“The Eastgate site has a real charm about it due to its historical connections to the likes of literary greats such as Thomas Hardy. We were delighted to be able to give a nod to that heritage whilst still offering contemporary riverside living. These truly are modern homes, built with traditional values at the heart.”

Eastgate once played host to the 18th Century White Hart Inn, a hotel which features in A Few Crusted Characters, a short story by much loved Author Thomas Hardy. The stag monument on site, also known as the White Hart Statue, has been renovated by Metis Homes and now takes pride of place on the Eastgate development, where it previously resided above the doors of the White Hart Inn.

Founded in 2007 by current managing director Adam O’Brien and Tony Burton, a former board director of Linden Homes and Alfred McAlpine Homes, Metis Homes has gone from strength to strength. With new talent joining the business expanding the team from six employees to 17 in the last two years alone, and maintaining its 100 per cent record in achieving planning permission for every project embarked on as a result of extensive engagement with local authorities, neighbours and community stakeholders, Metis Homes is optimistic for the future.

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