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Mayor's Design Awards 2016 winners

Written by  Sharon Clifton
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Overall Gold award winner : 45 Priory Road, Downham Market Overall Gold award winner : 45 Priory Road, Downham Market

At a special awards ceremony on 27 April , local architectural excellence and craftsmanship was celebrated with the announcement of the winners of the annual Mayor's Design Awards. 

29 schemes were shortlisted for the awards under a number of different categories. The judging panel had previously commented on what a pleasure it had been to visit all the schemes and what a difficult job it was to choose the winners. 

This year an additional category of 'Modern Design Schemes' was included to reflect the diverse building designs being created around the borough. 

Commenting at the ceremony, Pam Lynn, the council's conservation officer said: "What a great evening. It's been a celebration of quality design that really contributes towards making West Norfolk a beautiful place to live. It was pleasing this year to have more entries from the south of the borough and I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time not only to develop such great schemes but to enter them into these awards. The judges have had a tough job selecting the winners this year as the calibre of entries was extremely high. Well done to everyone involved and special congratulations to our winners." 

The overall Gold Award Winner was 45 Priory Road, Downham Market - a development of 14 flats. In the judging panel's opinion, this scheme has made such a dramatic change to the environment, that it was the obvious choice for the overall award. A really well-designed scheme, built to a very high standard, using materials in keeping with its surroundings. It enhances the area and fits well with the feel of this market town, so completely epitomises what the judges mean by 'design in the environment'. 

All this year’s entries have been scrutinised by the judging panel, which comprises The Mayor, Cllr Vivienne Spikings, chairman of the Planning Committee, Cllr Mick Peak, vice-chairman of the Planning Committee, Stuart Ashworth, Assistant Director and Pam Lynn, Conservation Officer. 

The winners of the 2016 Mayor's Design Awards are: 

Overall Gold Award Winner 
45 Priory Road, Downham Market

Modern Design Schemes 
Winner - Saltmarsh, Herrings Lane, Burnham Market 
Highly Commended - Redgate Primary School, Hunstanton 


Community Schemes

Winner - King's Lynn Transport Interchange Bus and Rail Stations 


Winner - Caradon, The Green, East Rudham 
Highly Commended - 27, The Birches, South Wootton 

Large and Small Single New Build Properties

Winner - The Court House, Joan Shorts Lane, Burnham Market 
Highly Commended - Saltmarsh, Herrings Lane, Burnham Market 

Refurbishment Schemes

Winner - 5 Smugglers Close, Old Hunstanton 
Highly Commended - Saltmarsh, Ship Lane, Thornham 

Restoration/Conversion Schemes 
Winner - Old Chapel, Downham Road, Denver 


Listed Building Schemes

Winner - 7 Front Street, Burnham Market 



Small Residential Groups
Winner - 45 Priory Road, Downham Market 
Highly Commended - Fredricks Court, Norfolk Street, King's Lynn 

Winner - Caradon, The Green, East Rudham 
Highly Commended - 45 Priory Road, Downham Market 





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