Tickets are ‘Hot Property’ for Awards

The finalists have been announced and with just weeks to go, tickets for the very first Dorset Property and Architecture Awards are selling well. Endorsing the high profile nature of property in the County, the event on Wednesday February 9th 2011, has attracted TV property expert, Phil Spencer, to host proceedings for the evening.

This is a sector which is often the gauge of economic up or downturn, so attracts plenty of interest.  Property in Dorset has always been a subject of much debate on a national and international level.

Tickets are priced at £50 per head and include a sparkling drinks reception sponsored by PH Warr and a three-course Dorset supper with wine. Cheques should be made payable to Dorset Property & Architecture Awards and sent to Planning Solutions, Russell House, Oxford Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 8EX. For more information go to or call 01202 707558.

The finalists are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Best Architectural Practice:

Anders Roberts & Associates

Broadway Malyan

David James Architects


HGP Architects

Ingenium Archial Ltd

Morgan Carey

Philip Proctor & Associates

Quantum Group

Terence O’Rourke

The Architects Design Group

Trinity Architects

Western Design

Williams Lester


Best Conversion or Extension

Anders Roberts & Associates – The Exchange Building, Hinton Road, Bournemouth

ASN Capital – Badorgan Road, Bournemouth

Graemar Group/Tesco – Westbourne Methodist Church, Bournemouth

G Warren/Harriplan – Breeze, 1 Charminster Road, Bournemouth

Morgan Carey – The Goods Shed, Wareham

Western Design – Pump House, Spetisbury

Williams Lester – 1 Bury Road, Poole

Best New Commercial or Mixed Use Development

Barratt/HGP Architects – Honeycombe Chine, Bournemouth

Christchurch Harbour Hotels Ltd/Broadway Malyan – Christchurch Harbour Hotels

DWP – St Clements Road, Bournemouth

Graemar Group/Tesco – Westbourne Methodist Church

Williams Lester/Brightwater – Studland Dene, Bournemouth

Best New Community Project

Dorset County Council/Surestart – Children’s Centre, Swanage

Ingenium Archial Ltd/Borough of Poole – Hamworthy Community Library

Philip Proctor & Associates – The Exchange, Sturminster Newton

Terence O’Rourke/Dorset County Council – Milldown Primary School, Blandford

Best New Residential Development

Anders Roberts & Associates – 21 Buccleugh Road, Poole

David James Architects/Banner Homes – Crichel Mount Road, Poole

Philip Proctor – Grosvenor House, Shaftesbury

Quantum Group – Aspire, Alton Road, Poole

Quantum Group – Bailie Park, Poole

Terence O’Rourke – 29a Western Avenue, Poole

Best Eco or Environmental Project

David James Architects/Towncourt Homes – Canford Crescent, Poole

Dorset County Council/Surestart – Children’s Centre, Swanage

Western Design/Portus Homes – Partridge Walk, Poole

Zeroc Holdings – St John’s Way, Poundbury

Best Estate or Letting Agent

Dave Wells Properties (Letting Agent) – Bournemouth

Edwards Estate Agents – Ferndown

Move on Rentals – Parkstone, Poole

Realty Property Solutions – Parkstone

Richard Godsell Estate Agents – Southbourne, Bournemouth

Slades Estate Agents – Bransgore

Slades Estate Agents & Letting – Christchurch

Slades Estate Agents – Highcliffe

Slades Estate Agents & Letting – Southbourne

YouHome Estate & Letting Agents – Bournemouth

Best Rural Development

Morgan Carey – Burngate Stone Carving Centre

Waitrose/John Lewis /Morgan Carey – The Cricket Pavilion, Wimborne

Williams Lester/Wilton Homes – Chantry Farm, Gillingham

We look forward to welcoming you on the night!

The Big Freeze

Or the day the sea froze…


Frozen Poole Harbour

Sub-zero temperatures in Sandbanks transformed Poole Harbour into a spectacular glacial ice rink.  As the thermometre dropped to a frosty -10 degrees celsius, the South was gripped by conditions colder than parts of Iceland and Greenland. It has been some eighteen years since the last time the sea froze in the usually mild South Coast.

Half a mile of the shoreline was frosted over, causing passers-by to stop in wonder and take photos of this rare occurance. Lucky for us, the location of the Liz Lean PR offices afforded rink-side seats to this anomaly.

Icy fingers crossed that it’s another 18 years before it happens again!

Animal Windfest 2008

Windfest is sadly over for another year, many thanks to all of you who attended and i am sure you will agree, it was another amazing success!

After a gorgeous sunny start on the Friday morning, freak flash flooding had festival goers running for cover while lighting forked across Poole harbour. But the tropical storm couldn’t dampen the party spirit as party people filled the marquee for the prince of parties, the Windfest Tropical Butterfly ball.

Saturday saw the sun come out to play as top team GB windsurfing talent, Bryony Shaw from Weymouth urged future generations to take advantage of the Dorset coastline and get involved in water sports.

Talking at the extreme sports beach festival – which saw more than 10,000 visitors flock Sandbanks between 12th – 14th September – she explained why free events which offer enthusiasts a chance to have a go at no cost, get her full backing;

Animal Windfest offers an ideal opportunity for people to get involved, it’s fun, enjoyable and non-elitist, you don’t have to be a pro windsurfer to get involved. It’s suprising that so many people live by these areas of amazing natural water and don’t fully realise how easily accessible it all is.”

Still free to the public, Animal Windfest allows visitors to get an unrivalled taste of the sports showcased, it also provides a key date for those in the industry to meet up and share some ‘quality’ time.

As well as hosting professional and amateur kite surfing, windsurfing and beach volleyball events it also offers visitors a generous hit of extreme entertainment outside of the competitive arena. Showcase events such as the Animal Relentless Bike Tour (that’s stunt biking action for the uninitiated), a skate and BMX King ramp and SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) as well as the all-time favourite, the Pool Gap Slider wake boarding arena continue to big draw to visitors looking for an adrenalin fuelled day out.

We look forward to seeing you all again next year!

Success for Synergy Blandford

I was pleased to pop into the new Synergy salon in Blandford over the weekend and hear how well received it has been by the local fashionistas.

Since opening their doors in June 2008, Vicki and her team have really settled in and had a successfully hectic couple of months infusing the market town with contemporary and classic cuts and cool, creative colouring. I also discovered something that I wanted to share with you…all appointments booked will receive a full consultation on colour and cut and…most exciting…entry to a free make-over with the Synergy team that includes style and make-up advice. If Synergy have their way we will all look as good as their promotional photos!