North Norfolk District Council announce winner of Graham Allen Awards

Hootz House in Penthorpe has been awarded the 2016 Graham Allen Award

Hootz House in Penthorpe has been awarded the 2016 Graham Allen Award - Credit: Submitted

A play barn which was built using sustainably sourced wood and included holes for insects and birds is to receive a conservation and design award.

Hootz House in Penthorpe has been awarded the 2016 Graham Allen Award

Hootz House in Penthorpe has been awarded the 2016 Graham Allen Award - Credit: Submitted

Hootz House in Penthorpe has been awarded the 2016 Graham Allen Award by North Norfolk District Council for its exceptional design and contribution to the built environment.

Pensthorpe Natural Parks new play barn incorporates a 300 square metre indoor adventure centre and was commended by the judging panel for its innovative approach to design and sustainability.

The energy used on site, where 90 per cent of the timber was sustainably sourced, is also provided by a new ground source heat pump.

Councillor Sue Arnold, chair of the judging panel and the council's cabinet member for planning, said: 'This project has really excelled, not only in its unique architectural design but also in achieving its goal of being truly sustainable and providing an exciting new attraction for the district.

Sheringham Railway Station was the centre of the town's 1940s weekend on Saturday

Sheringham Railway Station was the centre of the town's 1940s weekend on Saturday - Credit: Archant


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'The standard of entries in this 35th year of the Graham Allen Awards has been excellent. There was extremely stiff opposition and all those shortlisted can be incredibly proud.'

Meanwhile, the newly extended heritage line rail station in Sheringham has won the People's Choice award.

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The project was praised for its attention to detail, quality of workmanship and for improving the town's services.

The development includes the town's new tourist information centre, public toilets, platform footbridge and new retail units.

During the council's annual Greenbuild event, members of the public were invited to vote for their favourite shortlisted project. And more than 1,000 votes were cast.

Sheringham Rail Station also won the Commended Award from the Judging Panel.

The Highly Commended Award went to The Stable Yard, Rectory Lane, Northrepps. The project involved the difficult challenge of converting a pair of derelict Grade II listed stables for new use whilst maintaining their original character and appearance.

The judging panel commended the scheme for its success in securing the long-term conservation of the run-down stables and for adopting a traditional approach to repair and restoration.

The awards are to be presented by Edward Allen, the eldest son of the late Graham Allen, who was the first chairman of North Norfolk District Council, during a ceremony at Oddfellows Hall, Sheringham, today (Wednesday, September 21) at 1.45pm on 21 September by Edward Allen, the eldest son of the late Graham Allen who was the first chairman of North Norfolk District Council.

Originally inaugurated in 1982 as a memorial to the late Graham Allen, the first Chairman of NNDC, the awards scheme has recognised a diverse selection of north Norfolk's finest architecture.

Winners have ranged from the extension to Binham Priory, to the refurbishment of the Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market.

The other shortlisted entries were: The Bus Station, Cromer; Victoria Heights, Cromer; Running Hare Barn, East Ruston; and Portalfield, Stalham.

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