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West Norfolk's best buildings and building projects will be in the spotlight with the launch of the 2022 Mayor's Design Awards.

Nominations are being sought for these prestigious awards which celebrate local architectural excellence and craftsmanship and highlight the role good design plays in making our community an attractive place to live and visit.

“Having travelled around our borough, especially since becoming mayor I’ve seen the vision and skills of our local designers, architects and builders through the many magnificent buildings we have,” said the borough mayor, Harry Humphrey.

Groundworks Gallery, Lynn, won the conversion scheme category in the last awards.
Groundworks Gallery, Lynn, won the conversion scheme category in the last awards.

“It’s easy to see how quality design and careful craftsmanship can make such a difference in the local community - whether it’s a completely modern build or refurbishing something back to its old splendour. These skilled people are all helping to make West Norfolk a more desirable place to live. I hope many of the schemes I’ve seen will be nominated for awards.”
He is keen to ensure next year’s awards maintain the high standards the Mayor’s Design Awards have set since they began. He said: “Please nominate and encourage others to nominate schemes that are innovative, attractive and that enhance our area.”

The Mayor’s Design Awards focus on small-scale works by local architects, designers and contractors, and the competition is split roughly into the following categories: extensions, conversions, new single homes, groups of small residential developments, commercial schemes, workshops and industrial developments, landscaping and enhancement schemes, community amenities, repairs and refurbishments and craftsmanship.

These categories may change in respect of the types and numbers of schemes nominated, and all nominations will be assessed by the mayor and a panel of judges. The judges will be looking for schemes which bring pleasure through design, workmanship or their contribution to a particular setting.

The awards are being organised by West Norfolk Council in association with KL Magazine.

During the awards' history, an impressive array of schemes have been nominated. Judges have explored everything from skilful conversions to sympathetic new builds and innovative commercial architecture.

Anyone can nominate a building or scheme with the permission of the owner by completing an application form – available from www.west-norfolk.gov.uk. Paper copies are also available at borough council offices and parish councils. All applications should be accompanied by electronic photographs depicting the site before and after works.

Entries close on April 15, 2022, and winners will be announced at a special award ceremony on September 20, 2022.

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