Modern home and barn conversion scoop Broadland design awards

Winners of Broadland District Council's Design and Enhancement Awards. Pictured: 14a South Avenue Re

Winners of Broadland District Council's Design and Enhancement Awards. Pictured: 14a South Avenue Rear View. Picture: Supplied - Credit: Supplied

A modern home in Thorpe and a sensitive barn conversion in Blofield have scooped design awards aimed at recognising Broadland's beautiful buildings.

Winners of Broadland District Council's Design and Enhancement Awards. Pictured: Enhancement Award w

Winners of Broadland District Council's Design and Enhancement Awards. Pictured: Enhancement Award winners for Owls Barn, Blofield, Bob Adams and Ann Pratt with Broadland District Council chairman Ken Leggett. Picture: Supplied - Credit: Supplied

The winners of Broadland District Council's Design and Enhancement Awards were presented with their certificates at a ceremony this week.

Winner of the Design Award was Graham Heaton's striking new building in the heart of the Thorpe St Andrew conservation area at 14A South Avenue.

Vincent Tapp, chairman of the panel which judged the awards, said: 'The plot offered a lot of challenges. It's a steeply sloping site in a conservation area.

'We were impressed that the contemporary design made use of a variety of modern finishes and interesting mono-pitched roofs but did so in a way that ensured the house didn't dominate the street scene.'

Winners of Broadland District Council's Design and Enhancement Awards. Pictured: All of those awarde

Winners of Broadland District Council's Design and Enhancement Awards. Pictured: All of those awarded at Broadland District Council's Design and Enhancement Awards with Chairman Ken Leggett. Picture: Supplied - Credit: Supplied


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Mr Heaton said: 'Primarily, we wanted a great space to bring up our three children but also wanted to have minimal impact on the environment and to create something that used modern materials and made a bit of a design statement.

'We're really pleased with the result and the recognition of the award is a great payoff for the long nights and hard work that went into the designing and building of the house, it's great to know we've made a positive impact on design in our local area.'

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Owls Barn, in Lingwood Road, Blofield, won the Enhancement Award for the care taken transforming a building which had been at risk for years because of structural movement, and re-using of as many of the existing timbers as possible.

The conversion was a labour of love for owners Bob Adams and Ann Pratt, who spent more than five years overseeing all the work personally.

Winners of Broadland District Council's Design and Enhancement Awards. Pictured: Owls Barn now. Pict

Winners of Broadland District Council's Design and Enhancement Awards. Pictured: Owls Barn now. Picture: Supplied - Credit: Supplied

Mr Adams said: 'Ann and I are very proud to have won an Enhancement Award which recognises the many hours we spent planning and fine tuning to create a home suited to 21st century living, yet retaining many of the barn's original features.

'It was an exciting challenge to play a part in the barn's evolution and to save it from eventual collapse.'

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