Nominations announced for north Norfolk conservation and design awards

Cromer Bus Station shelter has been nominated for a Graham Allen design award. Picture: MARK BULLIMO

Cromer Bus Station shelter has been nominated for a Graham Allen design award. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

A bus shelter, play barn and tourist information centre are among the nominations for a prestigious conservation and design award.

Handover of the Sheringham Tourist Information Centre from North Norfolk District Council to North N

Handover of the Sheringham Tourist Information Centre from North Norfolk District Council to North Norfolk Railway. Pictured from left Judy Oliver, Tom Fitzpatrick, Trevor Eady and Hugh Harkett. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

The Graham Allen Award is presented annually by North Norfolk District Council to the project considered to make the most significant contribution to the built environment.

The shortlisted entries are:

Cromer Bus Station, Prince of Wales Road - New bus shelter

Cromer, Victoria Heights, Roughton Road -Restoration and conversion of former hospital into four houses and 21 Flats

East Ruston, Running Hare Barn, Mill Road -Restoration and conversion of former threshing barn into holiday let

Northrepps, The Stable Yard, Rectory Lane - Restoration and conversion of stable block into new dwelling

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Pensthorpe, Pensthorpe Natural Park, Hootz House - New play barn

Sheringham Station, Station Approach - Replacement rail station tourist information centre, public conveniences and shop

Stalham, Portalfield - Erection of 19 sheltered housing units

Cabinet member for planning Sue Arnold said: 'This is the 35th year of North Norfolk District Council's Graham Allen Award and the standard of entries has been excellent. The shortlist covers a wide range of very interesting design projects each with strong, specific merits and all a great contribution to our built environment and the awards themselves.'

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.

Last year's overall winner was Manor Farm Barns, Kettlestone. The barns are on the main entrance to the village and had been lying derelict for some time.

The project involved the complete restoration and refurbishment of the barn complex into four new homes.

The scheme successfully used traditional materials and to retain the character and original charm of the barns.

The shortlisted projects will now undergo site visits from the judging panel made up of NNDC's Development Committee and Edward Allen, son of Graham. The award winner, highly commended and commended will then be decided.

A public vote will then be held over the Green Build Weekend September 10-11, 2016 to determine the People's Choice Award.

The awards will be announced at the Graham Allen Awards ceremony on September 21 at Oddfellows Hall, Sheringham.

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