The architects at the helm of the Turner's House renovation have won two Royal Institute of British Architects awards.

Butler Hegarty Architects (BHA) carried out what was described by the judges as a “quietly radical project”.

They won both a RIBA London Award 2018, and the RIBA London Conservation Award 2018.

RIBA judges commended the bold and “exemplary restoration of Turner’s design” which involved demolishing the later additions, remodelling its interior and furnishing it as a museum using the inventory of Turner’s London house and the artist’s own sketchbooks.

Gary Butler, director at Butler Hegarty Architects, said the house has been returned to a “solemn brick structure” rather than its “polite Regency” incarnation.

The great British landscape artist JMW Turner designed the house as a rural retreat for himself and his father in 1813.

It appears he was influenced by his friend Sir John Soane (who had his own house at nearby Pitzhanger Manor) in architectural details such as incised external decoration and a sequence of arches in the entrance hall.

After Turner’s departure in 1826 upper storeys were added to its wings and further alterations followed.

The building had been on English Heritage’s 'at risk' register, but, thanks to extensive fundraising, including a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, BHA were able to embark on a £1.2 million conservation project which they completed last year.

Catherine Parry-Wingfield, Turner’s House Trust Chair and member of the Conservation Project Team, said: “These awards are a true reflection of the great skill and dedication of Gary Butler of BHA, Turner’s House Trust’s conservation architect.

"We are immensely proud of this achievement and the recognition it gives to our wonderful project.”

Turner’s House, Sandycombe Lodge, 40 Sandycoombe Road, St Margarets, is open from Wednesday-Sunday: 10.00-4.00pm