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Date published: 22nd May 2017

Help to celebrate excellent design which complements the area by nominating a building for a Graham Allen Award.

North Norfolk has a history of producing high quality innovative developments and sensitive renovation projects which complement the district’s unique environment.

North Norfolk District Council’s Graham Allen Award has for the last 35 years celebrated best practice in design and conservation in the district and is now open for entries.

Cllr Sue Arnold, Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “There is a long and impressive history of quality development and thoughtful renovation in north Norfolk and these awards are designed to celebrate that fact.

“The awards are an excellent chance to recognise projects which have made a standout contribution to the built environment, local communities and heritage.

“Whether it be a new build, extension, restoration or refurbishment, the Graham Allen Award recognises excellence in all design projects.”

Originally inaugurated in 1982 as a memorial to the late Graham Allen, the first Chairman of NNDC, the awards scheme has recognised a diverse selection of north Norfolk’s finest architecture.

Winners have ranged from the extension to Binham Priory, to the refurbishment of the Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market.

Last year’s winner was Hootz House at Pensthorpe Natural Park. The imaginative play barn has been a huge success for the region and its unique design has added to its fame. As well as winning the Graham Allen Award, the project has also been nominated for a number of national awards including from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The project has created high quality children’s play facilities within a building which complements the naturalistic setting of the nature reserve and this has all been done whilst utilising sustainable methods of construction.

The People’s Choice Award went to the new tourist information centre and platform bridge at Sheringham Train Station. This project captured the unique character of the station and improved facilities for residents and visitors alike.

If you are aware of a building project which has helped to transform your village or town within the district, or if you have created a dream home or building we want to hear from you.

The closing date for entries is Friday 30 June. If you are nominating a scheme please ensure you have the permission of the owner.

The Graham Allen Award is presented annually by the council to the scheme considered to make the most significant contribution to the built environment within the district.

Schemes considered worthy of commendation are also acknowledged by the presentation of certificates. The panel of judges comprises of members elected from the Development Committee, the relevant Portfolio Member and Mr Edward Allen (who represents the Allen family).

If you would like to nominate a scheme please go online and complete the entry form.


Last updated: 1st September 2017