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Date published: 5th June 2019

Photo: The winner of the 2018 Graham Allen Award was Church Barn in East Ruston

The Graham Allen Award 2019 – which celebrates best practice in building design and conservation across North Norfolk – is open for business.

Now in its 37th year, North Norfolk District Council’s Graham Allen Award demonstrates the area’s proud history of producing high quality innovative developments and sensitive renovation projects, which complements this unique and cherished part of the world.

First awarded in 1982 as a memorial to the late Cllr Graham S Allen, the first Chairman of NNDC, the award scheme recognises the diversity of North Norfolk’s finest architecture. The award, in the form of a bronze plaque, is presented annually to the scheme considered to make the best contribution to the built environment.

Cllr Karen Ward, NNDC’s cabinet member for Housing and Planning, said: “It is the time of year when we get to celebrate what is best in our built environment across North Norfolk.

“The Graham Allen Award has become a key feature in the annual calendar, as we get to see the amazing design and building work which has contributed to the best examples of development across the district.

“Whether a small extension to an existing property or an entirely new build, we always look forward to seeing how owners and their architects and builders have enhanced the landscape.

“We look forward to seeing what exciting entries are submitted this year and encourage you all to participate.” 

Previous winners have clearly demonstrated innovation, excellent practice and sensitivity.

The winner of the 2018 award was Church Barn in East Ruston. This scheme turned a dilapidated Grade II listed barn, on the Heritage at Risk Register (formerly known as the Buildings at Risk Register) into a charming family home. Through extensive work and conservation, the building received a whole new life including a contemporary extension and a new thatched roof. 

And the 2017 winner was Wild Acres, on Holt Road, Heydon, which saw the demolition of a bungalow and the clever re-siting and building of a new four bedroomed home using crisp and contemporary architecture.

The Graham Allen Award is presented annually by NNDC 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. There is also a People’s Choice Award made, based on a public vote.

Key dates:

  • Deadline for submissions: 8 July
  • People Choice Award vote at Greenbuild: 7 and 8 September
  • Site visits to shortlisted submissions by Development Committee: TBA
  • Award ceremony and presentation: TBA

Find more information, a nomination form and more about previous winners.

If you are nominating a scheme please ensure you have the permission of the owner.


Last updated: 24th June 2019