Norfolk winners of the 2021 Design and Craftsmanship Awards
Across Norfolk are some truly eye-catching buildings and designs.
The Norwich Society strives to present the county in its best light and in 2003 launched its Design and Craftsmanship Awards to encourage and showcase the best of contemporary architecture and the built environment within the city.
Vanessa Trevelyan, chair of the Norwich Society’s Advertising and Events Committee and member of the DCA21 Steering Committee, said: “In 2019 we partnered with the Norfolk Association of Architects and Civic Voice, who each have their own own design awards, to create the prestigious Norfolk Design and Craftsmanship Awards.
“Norfolk has some of the most innovative and locally loved contemporary architecture and community projects in the country. These awards are an exciting opportunity to celebrate Norfolk’s immense talent, as demonstrated by architects, builders and those who commission and carry out projects. The goal of this collaboration is to bring the best local designs, manufacturing, crafts and community action to a wider audience. “
The 2021 awards were judged in all categories – Housing, Non-residential, Conservation and Community, as well as a first student prize.
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Below are a few of Norfolk’s design award winners.
Abbey Barn, West Acre
What the judges said: “The reassignment of an abandoned Grade II * listed barn into a brewery was a very successful project; the discreet installation of modern industrial brewing equipment has been managed with all inserts clearly reversible. The craftsmanship and well-delivered details are evident and the historic fabric has been carefully repaired. The project brings new jobs and new community facilities to the village of West Acre. “
Thomas Messenger Glasshouse and Bell Tower, Holkham Park
What the judges said: “This project meets all conservation principles: the successful housing of bats in the back building; the use of hot lime mortar to repair all the masonry; the use of the traditional Holkham carpentry shop. and linseed oil paints; the new bell cast by the Loughborough Foundry of John Taylor & Co; the replication of Messenger’s original ironwork: all of this makes the greenhouse and steeple highly durable. visitors and school groups how food is produced in the walled garden. “
What the judges said: “Freeholders is specially designed vacation accommodation and a future retirement home for the client. It was designed to fit into Wells ‘irregular historic cottages. As one local resident noted,’ The house is a carefully constructed structure. designed that successfully mixes with older homes next door. ‘ “The design is flood resistant and allows the house to continue operating above the flood level. The construction is extremely well executed and incorporates traditional techniques and exemplary details. “
Blue Sky Barn, Brancaster
What the judges said: “This is an amazing conversion of a disused farm building into a luxury private dwelling. The footprint and structural form are consistent with the original grain store, although the interior has been cleverly redesigned to create spectacular spacious living spaces that are surprisingly simple. The materials have been carefully selected and manufactured to create a light, warm, yet industrial aesthetic, which references the old structure of the modern barn. Blue Sky Barn exemplifies a strong working relationship between a passionate client, a dynamic architect and a skillful entrepreneur.
Chemin Wiveton, Blakeney
What the judges said: “This is a clean, contemporary private home that combines traditional materials with modern construction methods, within the constraints of a one-story building. The bold, angular exterior walls inside continue to form a large open living space with a distinctive seagull wing roof The orientation adapts to passive solar design and frames a unique and picturesque view of the local countryside. “
The Lock Inn – Locks Lane, Geldeston, Beccles
What the judges said: “This historic building could have been so easily lost for a developer, but in the short term a local group came together to save it and bring it back to life as a community pub. It was all the more an accomplishment at through the difficult time of the COVID-19 shutdown. We applaud the pub’s goals of being “socially generous and inclusive, and environmentally zero carbon”, for example, they are currently working on plans to install solar panels and points charging for electric boats. “