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Mayor's Design Awards 2018 winners

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Mayor's Design Awards 2018 winners

At a special awards ceremony last night (25 September), local architectural excellence and craftsmanship was celebrated with the announcement of the winners of the annual Mayor's Design Awards. 

The 2018 awards, which were launched in October 2017, attracted a large amount of entries. 30 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. 

Commenting at the ceremony, Pam Lynn, the council's conservation officer, said: "A very successful and well-attended event to recognise and celebrate the high quality design and workmanship which make west Norfolk such a wonderfully interesting and diverse place to be.

"We had more entries than ever this year with a good mix of traditional and contemporary buildings, which made the judges' job in selecting the winners extremely hard. From a conservation perspective it was immensely pleasing to see such a high level of craftsmanship throughout all of the building trades, but especially in respect of the various historic buildings where the skills in the use of traditional materials is key. Well done to everyone involved and special congratulations to our winners." 

The overall Gold Award Winner was Davaar House, Docking.  The judging panel commented: "Davaar House stood out for the panel. It is an exceptional scheme which not only has high environmental sustainability credentials, but is also a clever and distinctive design that sits comfortably on its plot and takes advantage of the views afforded by the surrounding countryside".

Cllr Nick Daubney, Mayor of King's Lynn & West Norfolk, said: "The awards ceremony was a great evening, a suitable celebration of our push for better design and innovation and construction standards across our borough. We've worked closely with architects, contractors, developers, and their clients to achieve this aim, and we are glad to reward buildings and schemes that illustrate this focus on quality and innovation.

"I was very pleased to present the Mayor's Special Award, which was instituted for this tear's awards. I felt it was needed as there was no particular category to recognise a scheme or building that hadn't changed much in appearance, but has had an immense impact on the 'story' of the area. Goldings Public House and Rooms has achieved this magnificently, and we wanted to recognise the effort that has gone into the scheme. The renovation of the building has transformed the use and atmosphere of the Saturday Market Place, improving the impression it makes on residents and visitors to King's Lynn, and the pleasure they take in it".

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

The winners of the 2018 Mayor's Design Awards are: 

Community Schemes 
Winner – SPAR Shop, Castle Acre 



Residential Extensions 
Winner – Larks Rise, Castle Rising



Single New Build Properties 
Winner – Davaar House, Docking



Conversion Schemes 
Winner – GroundWorks Gallery, King’s Lynn 



Listed Building Schemes 
Winner – Snowre Hall, Fordham

Small Residential Groups 
Winner – Queen Street, King’s Lynn


Winner – Snowre Hall, Fordham

Gold Award 

Winner - Davaar House, Docking

Mayors Special Award
Winner – Goldings, Saturday Market Place, King’s Lynn






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