West Norfolk Mayor’s design awards

West Norfolk mayor Elizabeth Watson with the winners from the design awards.
West Norfolk mayor Elizabeth Watson with the winners from the design awards.
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The cream of West Norfolk’s architectural crop were celebrated during the Mayor’s Design awards.

West Acre Theatre and Thornham Village Hall were among the big winners, which were announced during the ceremony in Lynn Town Hall on Tuesday.

A total of 30 schemes were short listed for the awards, which celebrated commercial, community and residential extensions.

The overall gold award winner went to Three Acres, in Docking, a small scale new build property, designed by Lawrence Cousell, of MCIAT.

Mr Cousell said: “I am very pleased and quite surprised to have won as the I thought the standard was very good. I’m glad the judges liked the scheme.”

West Acre Theatre and its new 150-seat extension, designed by A&E Architects and Historic Building Consultants, received the commercial scheme award with Downham Grange, by Feilden and Mawson LLP, being highly commended.

Thornham’s new village hall, which was officially opened by the Queen in January, received the community scheme award with the Old Vicarage in Old Hunstanton, designed by Strata Architectural, and Bradmer in Burnham Norton, by Thomas Faire Architects, being highly commended.

John Warham, a member of the village hall and playing field committee, said: “Everyone at Thornham was really delighted to win the community section. We would like to congratulate our builder, Mark Walker, and architects, Dearlove Partnership.”

Strata Architectual’s work at 1 School Road, Thornham bagged the small scale residential extension award with highly commended going to 1 Lime Kiln Cottages at West Acre, by David Taylor Associates.

Hall Farm Lodge, in Burnham Market, designed by Lawrence Cousell, of MCIAT, took the large-scale single new build property award with Sundowner in Brancaster, designed by Thomas Faire Architects, and Spindrift at Brancaster Staithe by James Henman, both being highly commended.

Little Wilbur, in Holme, designed by Strata Architectural, was highly commended in small-scale single new build.

The Lodge Gates at Wallington Hall, by Ian Bix Associates, was the listed-building scheme winner with Lancaster Park, in Methwold ,by Richard CF Waite, highly commended.

Freebridge’s renovation of the barn in Chapel Lane, designed by Parsons and Whittley, won the barn and outdoor building scheme with Manor Farm Barns, at Eastmoor, by Trundley Design Services highly commended.

The small residential groups award went to the Cottage in Burnham Deepdale, designed by Fleur Developments, with East Anglia, Lynn, by Richard CF Waite being highly commended.

Borough mayor Elizabeth Watson said: “Choosing the winners for the design awards has been extremely difficult as the standard was superb this year. It was really exciting to see the innovation and inspiration behind these designs.

“We are so fortunate in West Norfolk to have an abundance of architectural talent and craftsmanship to enhance our picturesque borough, which is so much enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.”