West Norfolk design awards launched

Pentney Abbey Gatehouse that has been restored. ANL-141103-170041001

Pentney Abbey Gatehouse that has been restored. ANL-141103-170041001

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Nominations are being taken for the 18th annual West Norfolk Mayor’s Design Awards, celebrating the best in local architectural excellence.

The intention is to highlight the role good design plays in making our community an attractive place to live and visit.

Last year’s overall Gold Award Winner was The Gatehouse at Pentney.

The mayor, Colin Manning, said: “I am certain this year we will again receive an incredibly high standard of entries. So please do nominate and encourage others to nominate schemes that are innovative and attractive and that enhance our locale. Let us rightly reward the people responsible for these wonderful designs.”

The competition is split into the following categories: Extensions, Conversions, New single homes, Groups or small residential developments, Commercial schemes, e.g. shop fronts etc, Workshops and industrial developments, Landscaping and enhancement schemes, Community amenities and Repairs and refurbishments

The judges will be looking for schemes which bring pleasure through design, workmanship or their contribution to a particular setting.

This year the awards are being supported by KL Magazine.

Applications must be received by Friday, January 29. Anyone can nominate with the permission of the owner by completing an application form on www.west-norfolk.gov.uk.

Paper copies are also available at borough and parish council offices.

All applications should be accompanied by photographs depicting the site before and after works.

Winners will be announced at a special award ceremony in April 2016.

Pentney Abbey owners Dita Lee and Howard Barber, said of their winning experience last year: “The restoration and refurbishment of the gatehouse has been a challenging but exciting project, with a massive learning curve, lots of hard work and support from a whole range of experts and professionals. We are absolutely delighted with the results, although at times we wondered if we were ever going to get there.

“To win the Mayor’s Design Awards for Listed Building and for Craftsmanship was testament to the hard work of the whole team and to then win the overall Gold Award was just the icing on the cake. Everything that has gone into this project has been recognised and appreciated and that makes us feel really proud of what we’ve achieved.”