Building visionary shortlisted for award

THE Paxton man who oversaw the 
£5 million redevelopment of Dewar’s Lane Granary in Berwick has made it to the finals of the English Heritage Angel Awards.

Ian Douglas is shortlisted in the category for the best rescue of a historic industrial building after his drive and determination helped transform what had previously been regarded as one of the biggest eyesores in Berwick.

The dilapidated building has now been turned in to a youth hostel with cafe, exhibition and conferencing facilities and is once again a vibrant and well used building in the heart of the town.

Ian, who is chairman Berwick Preservation Trust’s granary project working group, said: “This was the largest and most exciting restoration project ever undertaken in Berwick.

“Dewar’s Lane Granary is more than just a building – it now represents a unique opportunity for preserving and enhancing part of Berwick’s rich heritage while at the same time creating a vibrant and sustainable facility that will add life to the town centre.” Whilst of course the Berwick Preservation Trust is to be congratulated on such a successful project, it is Ian who has been nominated for his tireless and passionate commitment to the project.

He oversaw the delivery of the project site – from appointing contractors and working with the architect to managing the work on site and liaising with all the funders.

The finals are being held at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End on October 22 and are being hosted by TV presenter Clare Balding.

English Heritage is making films of all the rescue projects which will be shown on stage before the winners are announced.