A converted Grade II listed barn in East Ruston has won the 2018 Conservation and Design Award.

The latest name to join this illustrious list is Church Barn in East Ruston, which won the judges’ vote this year. The project saw the conversion of a Grade II Listed Barn and the erection of a single-storey extension. Proud owners Sue and Simon Wiseman accepted the award and Mrs Wiseman said she was particularly pleased to have won considering the impressive standard of all the nominees. The judges praised the conversion and said they were impressed by the passion, dedication and vision the owners had shown in transforming a derelict, at risk barn into a unique home.

Cllr Sue Arnold, North Norfolk District Council’s Conservative Cabinet Member for Planning and Chairman of the awards judging panel, said: “The quality of this year’s entries and subsequent shortlist for judging was exceptionally high, so this year’s winners can be incredibly proud of their achievement.

“Well done to all those who entered, it has again been a pleasure to be involved with this excellent set of awards in 2018.”

Cllr John Rest, North Norfolk District Council’s Independent Group Leader, said: “It is always rewarding to receive any accolade for a project that has taken time, energy and no doubt lots of money to achieve.

“Our panel take a lot of care and consideration in choosing the finalists. Well done to the winners.”

Gitte Kjeldsen Highland, Director and Architect at Chaplin Farrant, said: “We are delighted to have been involved in the regeneration of the Wells Maltings building and extending it to create a facility that is truly at the heart of the community.

“The project has had a great team working together to deliver the facility and we trust that all who visit and use the Maltings, from local people to visiting tourists, will enjoy everything that the building has to offer in the way arts, film, music and entertainment. We wish the Wells Maltings Trust every success with the future.”

Other projects which won awards at today’s Graham Allen Awards ceremony at NNDC’s Cromer headquarters were:

  • Highly Commended - Wells Maltings, Staithe Street, the project saw the conversion and extension of Grade II Listed Wells Maltings, a high profile building in the town, creating a cultural centre and community hub for the public to enjoy. The Maltings opened recently and has already had very good visitor figures.
  • Commended - 31-34 Market Place, Fakenham, the project saw the creation of a mixed use development following fire damage to the former Aldiss building in the town centre.

Previous Award Winners

  • 2017 - Wild Acres, Holt Road, Heydon
  • 2016 - Hootz House, Pensthorpe Natural Park
  • 2015 - Manor Farm Barns, The Street, Kettlestone
  • 2014 - Bessingham Manor, Bessingham
  • 2013 - Weybourne Priory, Abbey Farm, Weybourne
  • 2012 - The Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market
  • 2011 - Tithe Barn, Old Lane, Walcott
  • 2010 - Curve House, Ramsgate Street, Edgefield
  • 2009 - Binham Priory, Binham
  • 2008 - Oddfellows Hall, Lifeboat Plain, Sheringham
  • 2007 - Church of the Annunciation, Little Walsingham
  • 2006 - RNLI Henry Blogg Museum and Restaurant, Cromer
  • 2005 - Byfords, Shirehall Plain, Holt
  • 2004 - Alicia Cottages, Walcott Road Bacton
  • 2003 - Forge Cottage, Blakeney Road, Letheringsett
  • 2002 - The Refectory, The Shire of Our Lady, Little Walsingham
  • 2001 - The Old Mill, Mill Lane, East Runton
  • 2000 - The White Lion, White Lion Street, Holt
  • 1999 - RNLI Lifeboat Station, The Pier, Cromer
  • 1998 - Coach House & Stables, Thornfield Hall, High Kelling
  • 1997 - The Lodge, Hoveton Hall, Hoveton
  • 1996 - 12-14 High Street, Wells
  • 1995 - Barn, The Street, Horsey
  • 1994 - Rear of 32 Station Road, Sheringham
  • 1993 - Moor End, Barn Cottages, Stibbard
  • 1992 - Gunton Railway Station, Thorpe Market
  • 1991 - Old Manor Farm House, Swanton Abbott
  • 1990 - Church Street, Sheringham & Foundary Farm, Great Walsingham
  • 1989 - Schemes at Sustead & Fakenham
  • 1988 - Brick Kiln Farm, Mundesley Road, Trunch
  • 1987 - Upper Sheringham School Conversion & Tithe Barn, Holt
  • 1986 - Budgens Supermarket, Cromer
  • 1985 - Restoration, Gunton Hall & Woodwork Shop, Gunthorpe
  • 1984 - Tunn Street, Fakenham & Watermill, Letheringsett
  • 1983 - Hall Farm Cottage, Stalham
  • 1982 - Cross Keys, North Walsham