UNIVERSITY of Brighton architecture graduates have scooped a technical design award for renovation and extension of a Grade II listed building.

The team, from Cityzen, an architecture and engineering practice in Portslade, won the best extension or alteration category.

This was in the Local Authority Building Control South East Awards.

Cityzen director John Smith said planning for the conversion at Ditchling took two years and there were 54 planning conditions.

John started out as a building services engineer and re-trained in architectural technology.