Grand designs in Wymondham and Poringland win top gongs

The Wymondham Abbey Experience, which won a combined Award for Design for Work & Services and Herita

The Wymondham Abbey Experience, which won a combined Award for Design for Work & Services and Heritage Conservation at the South Norfolk Councils Design Awards 2016. Picture: SOUTH NORFOLK COUNCIL - Credit: Archant

A stunning visitor centre at Wymondham Abbey and new a housing estate in Poringland have been crowned victors in this year's South Norfolk Council Design Awards.

Brooke Meadow Way in Poringland, which won an award for Landscape Design at the South Norfolk Counci

Brooke Meadow Way in Poringland, which won an award for Landscape Design at the South Norfolk Councils Design Awards 2016. Picture: SOUTH NORFOLK COUNCIL - Credit: Archant

The Wymondham Abbey Experience won a combined award for 'design for work and services' and 'heritage conservation', and Brooke Meadow Way in Poringland won a gong for 'landscape design'.

Councillor Barry Stone, the council's 'design and heritage champion' said of the £2.75m visitor centre: 'This is a fantastic addition to the abbey, which complements the character of the original structure.

'The beautiful mix of modern design with traditional high quality materials is simply stunning and its high sloping ceilings which mirror the existing proportions of the older parts, make for a beautiful light and airy visitor centre.'

The Abbey Experience was finished in late 2015 and includes historical interpretation and learning resources.


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Mr Stone also spoke highly of the housing estate. He said: 'This is an excellent example of well designed, good quality housing with beautiful high specification planting.

'The variety of designs and the treatment of the environment form an overall mix to suit all tastes.

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'The public open space, with woodland, ponds and play areas has matured well and has helped create an attractively designed neighbourhood.'

The winners were announced at a ceremony on Wednesday at the Norwich Research Park.

At the event, commendations for heritage conservation were also handed out to the conversion of a barn at Rectory Farm in Fundenhall into a home and the division of the historic Dower House into four homes at Costessey Park.

Do you know about an exciting project happening in your community? Email stuart.anderson@archant.co.uk

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