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Date published: 5th July 2018

Entrants to the building excellence competition run by North Norfolk District Council, the Graham Allen Award, have until the end of this month to put in their nominations.

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.

Councillor Sue Arnold, Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “This is a great opportunity to seek recognition for projects which have made a standout contribution to the built environment, local communities and heritage. Whether it is new build, extension, restoration or refurbishment, the Graham Allen Award recognises excellence in all design projects.

“The judging panel always appreciates having a wide range of entries to choose from and is grateful to all those people who take the time and trouble to enter.”

Councillor Vivienne Uprichard, Shadow Cabinet Member for Planning, said: “It’s always a joy to spend a day with the judging panel for the annual Graham Allen Awards.

“Looking at the nominated constructions for the year and admiring the style and innovation in the beautiful North Norfolk area is a real pleasure.”

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.

The Wild Acres project involved the demolition of a bungalow and the clever resiting and building of a contemporary four bedroom house. It was praised by judges for its intelligent reaction to site context, topography and landscape setting; visual interest portrayed by the curved form; low lying position and shallow pitch ensuring a discreet presence; and sustainable technology including ground source heating.

The project was described as a “stunning piece of contemporary design”.

The panel of judges includes members of the Development Control Committee, the Cabinet Member for Planning and Mr Edward Allen, who represents the Allen family.

The deadline for submissions is July 31st, with the judging site visits 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.

If you are nominating a scheme please ensure you have the permission of the owner. To find out more about the scheme and to nominate please go online here:

Last updated: 5th July 2018