October 25 2014 Latest news:
Tracey Gray, Reporter
Monday, March 24, 2014
The chance to view some of Norfolk’s most extraordinary and award-winning buildings and countryside projects for free is being offered this spring.
Six award winning projects will be opening to the public for free guided tours, led either by the owner or volunteers, between April 19 and May 4 as countryside charity CPRE Norfolk celebrates 80 years of campaigning.
All the participating projects have won CPRE Norfolk Awards in the past, for significant achievements in buildings and landscape.
Venues include Seabank Cottage in Cley-next-the-Sea which was a Norfolk coastal cottage suffering from damp, bad insulation, and draughts before a radical reordering of the interior, by architects Manolo and White. The design includes built in protection from flooding and extensive use of recycled and found materials alongside the most up-to-date technology, such as an air source heat pump.
Sedum House, Gimingham is another venue being opened to the public. The eco-house, which was built by architect owner, Tom Ground, is buried in the bank and as a result is naturally super-insulated. It also has a woodburner that spins to face two different rooms, glass panels you can walk on, a whole-house ventilation system, a heat-recovery system and rainwater harvesting for the lavatories.
Itteringham Mill, built in 1778 on the River Bure, is also one of the buildings being opened up. The current owners have installed a small-scale hydro-turbine to generate electricity, a water-sourced heat pump with underfloor heating, solar thermal panels for hot water, rainwater recycling, low energy lighting, improved insulation and energy efficient appliances. As a result the carbon footprint of the building is effectively zero.
CPRE Norfolk Chairman James Parry said: “This new series of open days gives us the opportunity to showcase another set of the county’s exceptional landscape, restoration, education and architecture projects with the purpose of sharing good practice and knowledge with a wide audience.”
Other venues opening up their doors are:
Cob-Bale Home, White Cottage, Fleggburgh, the only cob and straw-bale hybrid house to have gone through building regulations in England, which will offer taster cob-building workshops,
Boughton Fen (near Oxburgh) a 44-acre site of scientific interest which has been regenerated by the Boughton Fen Committee, a sub-committee of Boughton Parish Council, formed after the fen was classified as in ‘unfavourable condition’.
The Little Ouse Headwaters Project situated, between Blo’ Norton in Norfolk and Thelnetham in Suffolk and established by local residents, which over the last eleven years has bought or leased 65 hectares of land adjacent to the river, with the aim of creating a continuous corridor managed for wildlife conservation and quiet recreation.
Full details of all the tours are available at www.cprenorfolk.org.uk, or for a free brochure call 01603 761660.
Tours are free, but booking is essential via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 07826 401506.
The CPRE Norfolk Anniversary Open Days have been funded by the National Lottery Big Lottery Fund.