Gunton architect Kit Martin made a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours
A renowned architect from Gunton has been made a CBE for his restoration services to British heritage.
Since the 1970s Kit Martin, a projects consultant to the Prince's Regeneration Trust, has specialised in the saving and restoration of country houses by dividing them into smaller dwellings and apartments.
Mr Martin has restored and converted around twelve houses and historic buildings, including his home, Gunton Park, in north Norfolk and St Nicholas Royal Naval Hospital in Great Yarmouth.
But for the 65 year old the accolade was something he was surprised to receive and said his work is what he loves doing.
He said: 'I find what I do extremely interesting and I have loved being involved with historic and listed buildings. It's exciting to bring these buildings back to life.'
You may also want to watch:
His Gunton Park restoration work on the historic landscape saw him win a Country Life Genius of the Place Award for 2007.
Mr Martin was the first director of The Prince of Wales's Phoenix Trust from 1997 to 2001 now plays a key role in the Prince's Regeneration Trust by finding solutions to save major historic buildings at risk and promote urban regeneration.
- 1 Vision for multi-million pound new Norwich venue revealed
- 2 Be lord of the manor: Site of forgotten mansion for sale for £2.3m
- 3 Police reopen road following earlier crash
- 4 Volunteer hit with £100 parking fee while collecting food for needy
- 5 Norfolk cliffs fall man arrested on suspicion of murder released on bail
- 6 Two city businesses on the move as mystery new tenant hovers
- 7 Shoppers queue for revamped garden centre reopening
- 8 Norwich City transfer rumours: Canaries keen on Cherries ace
- 9 'People didn't know I existed' - Shopkeeper thrilled with new store
- 10 Norfolk-based Rick Wakeman 'stunned and proud' after being made a CBE
He was a member of the Historic Buildings Council for Scotland from 1987 to 1999, is a trustee of Save Europe's Heritage and has been involved in a number of publications with Save Britain's Heritage.
The Prince's Regeneration Trust is one of The Prince's Charities of which HRH The Prince of Wales is President. They aim to ensure that historic buildings at risk of demolition or decay are preserved, regenerated and re-used.