Wave of acclaim for sea-side inspired bus shelter
When it comes to examples of outstanding architecture they are not one the first things that spring to mind.
But after winning plaudits from passengers a bus shelter is among the contenders for a prestigious design award.
The seaside themed shelter opened at Cromer bus station earlier this year to great acclaim.
Now the eye-catching structure has been entered for North Norfolk District Council's Graham Allen Conservation and Design Award.
The shelter consists of stone filled gabions with coastal plants set in beds alongside old weatherbeaten groynes.
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Costing £10,000 it was jointly funded by Cromer Town Council and Norfolk County Council. A dedicated team of volunteers from Cromer in Bloom regularly maintain the flower beds at the station on Cadogan Road.
The bus shelter was designed by Cromer in Bloom chairman and retired architect Jim Bond.
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Mr Bond said: 'Most people who have commented on the bus shelter are very favourable. It is a pleasant place to sit down and while away a few moments. It is better than some ghastly plastic shelter and for a similar amount of money we have got something that is bespoke for Cromer.
'This was the first bus shelter I have designed so it is very pleasing that it has been listed for an award. The Cromer in Bloom team do a fantastic job looking after this and other green spaces in town.'
The bus station officially re-opened in 2011 after being closed for five years. The site was purchased by Norfolk County Council after an unsuccessful attempt by the previous owner to built flats there. It was previously the location of the old tourist information centre, which has since been demolished.
Cromer mayor Tim Adams said the award nomination reflected a series of improvements to the bus station in recent years.
'The shelter is a fantastic addition to the bus station we did not want something out of a catalogue, but a bit different and are very pleased with it. The bus station has been greatly improved and is now something we can be proud of.'