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Date published: 8th August 2018

Photo: Last year’s winner, Wild Acres, on Holt Road, Heydon

This year’s Graham Allen Award entries run across the entire North Norfolk district and feature a wide range of styles and types of building.

Properties are spread from Holkham in the west to Waxham in the east and also include Bale, Cley, East Ruston, Fakenham, Holt, North Walsham, Trimingham, Trunch, Walsingham, Wells and Weybourne.

There are extensions, replacement homes, barn conversions, a mixed use development, a police station, a music and sixth form centre, a new village hall and restorations.

A total of 14 entries will be whittled down to a shortlist later in the month. That shortlist will then be judged ‘on the ground’ by a panel including members of the NNDC Development Control Committee, the Cabinet Member for Planning and Mr Edward Allen, who represents the Allen family.

The Graham Allen Award has for the last 36 years celebrated best practice in design and conservation in the district. North Norfolk has a history of producing high quality innovative developments and sensitive renovation projects, which complement the district’s unique environment.

Cllr Sue Arnold, North Norfolk District Council’s Conservative Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “It is a pleasure and privilege to be involved in judging the Graham Allen Awards - the standard of entries in past years has been consistently high so I am sure 2018 will be no exception.

“Judging day is an exciting and interesting experience, with the opportunity to visit so many diverse and interesting buildings in North Norfolk.

“The entries for the Awards do much to enhance the area and I would like to thank all entrants. It is vital that we have a goodly number of entries from which to choose.” 

Cllr Vivienne Uprichard, Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “This is another varied round of nominations celebrating the architecture of North Norfolk.

“My congratulations to the architects for the diversity and innovation displayed. I’m looking forward to visiting the final shortlisted applicants.”

 Cllr John Rest, Independent Group Leader, said: “This awards scheme has proved to be so successful as it is a people's choice winner.

“The presentation and accolade achieved by not only the winner but by all the shortlisted applicants is often the envy of other local authorities.”

 Originally inaugurated in 1982 as a memorial to the late Graham Allen, the first Chairman of NNDC, the award scheme has recognised a diverse selection of North Norfolk’s finest architecture. The award, in the form of a bronze plaque, is presented to the scheme considered to have made the most significant contribution to the built environment within the district.

Schemes considered worthy of commendation are also acknowledged by the presentation of certificates.

Past winners have included the extension to Binham Priory, the refurbishment of the Gunton Arms in Thorpe Market, Hootz House at Pensthorpe Natural Park and last year’s winner, Wild Acres, on Holt Road, Heydon.

Shortlisting and judging will take place on August 17th.

The People’s Choice Award voting takes place at North Norfolk District Council’s Greenbuild event over the weekend of September 8th and 9th.

The award ceremony and presentation will be held on October 4th.

To find out more about the scheme please go online here:

Last updated: 8th August 2018