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Date published: 11th July 2017

A building project at Pensthorpe Natural Park that last year won the Graham Allen Award for conservation and design, has won the ‘best inclusive building’ category in the regional round of the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) awards after being nominated by North Norfolk District Council.

Hootz House in Pensthorpe was awarded the 2016 Graham Allen Award for its exceptional design and contribution to the built environment of the District. The play barn incorporates a 300m2 indoor adventure centre.

The nomination for the LABC Award also included the renovation of an 18th century cottage in the park for commercial use. The ‘best inclusive building’ category recognises community, education and sustainability.

Cllr Sue Arnold Cabinet Member for planning policy said: “This is a tremendous achievement and congratulations to Pensthorpe for such thoughtful building projects. The awards evening was a really good opportunity to appreciate the commitment and expertise our Building Control Team gives to North Norfolk.”

The LABC East Anglia Building Excellence Awards are a celebration of the best projects in the region for quality and compliance with building regulations, showcasing the excellent working relationships Local Authority Building Control has with regional developers.

NNDC entered several of the best projects completed in the past 12 months and two further buildings were shortlisted, but didn’t win an award. These were The Watch House, The Gangway, Cromer, for ‘best extension or alteration to an existing dwelling’, and Running Hare Barn, Mill Road, East Ruston for ‘best change of use or conversion of an existing building’ 

Cllr Arnold added: “All the projects deserve congratulations for being shortlisted in their category; that is a substantial achievement.”

The awards ceremony was held at Kings College, Cambridge last month and hosted by BBC Look East’s David Whiteley.

If you are interested in putting your project forward for next year’s awards, please contact the Building Control Team at North Norfolk District Council on 01263 516345.

Last updated: 20th July 2017