Richard is the senior partner in John D Clarke Architects of Eastbourne, which he joined in 1987. He specialises in the care, restoration and extension of Listed Buildings which include the Eastbourne Heritage Centre, the Brewery Tower extension of the Grade I listed Harvey’s Brewery, the refurbishment of Harvey’s Brewery Grade II listed Jacobean offices, as well as many churches including the Ancient Monument of St. Helen’s Church, Ore.
Richard was born and bred in Eastbourne. He joined the Eastbourne Society in his early 20s and has been their architectural adviser for over 40 years. He has lectured widely on the development of Eastbourne and campaigned on a variety of issues including the retention and restoration of Victorian lampposts in the town.
Chairman, Dr John Godfrey, DL, who announced the Awards, said:
“There is little doubt of Richard Crook’s commitment to the heritage of Sussex, in his day-to-day work as an architect. However, it is his love for Eastbourne and particularly Victorian architecture, which truly validates him as the Sussex Heritage Person of the Year.”