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NNDC releases prestigious awards shortlist of 2017 design heroes

Written by  Ed Foss
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NNDC releases prestigious awards shortlist of 2017 design heroes

The Graham Allen Award is presented annually by NNDC to the project considered to make the most significant contribution to the built environment within the district.

Cllr Sue Arnold, Cabinet Member for Planning said: “The standard of entries this year has been excellent yet again.“The shortlist covers such a range of tremendously interesting design projects each with very strong specific merits. “Each one of them makes a great contribution to our built environment and to the high standard of the Graham Allen Awards.”

The shortlisted entries are: 

ALBY, The Reading Rooms, Church Road -  Restoration and conversion of redundant reading rooms into wedding venue



CLEY: The Old Manor House, High Street - Repair and restoration of Grade II Listed C17th manor house



CORPUSTY AND SAXTHORPE, The Kilns, Holt Road - Erection of replacement two-storey dwelling



HICKLING, Hickling Hall, Town Street - Reconstruction and restoration of C17th hall following extensive fire damage



RIDLINGTON, Church Barn, Happisburgh Road - Restoration, conversion and extension of Grade II Listed C17th thatched barn



THURSFORD, Thursford Castle, Thursford Road - Repair and extension of derelict C19th workhouse chapel



WEYBOURNE, Wishanger Lodges, Sandy Hill Lane - Erection of six holiday lodges


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 Pensthorpe Natural Park, Hootz House. The new play barn incorporated a 300m2 indoor adventure centre and was commended by the judging panel for its innovative approach to design and sustainability.


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 Greenbuild Weekend September 9-10, 2017 to determine the People’s Choice Award.

All awards will be announced at the Graham Allen Awards ceremony on 21 September at the District Council Headquarters in Cromer.

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