Clever conversions recognised in Enhancement Awards

Enhancement Awards 2016

Published: Thursday, 24th November 2016

Broadland’s best conversions, repairs or enhancements to heritage buildings have been recognised in the 2016 Enhancement Awards.

The awards, run by Broadland District Council, highlight improvements that make a positive contribution to and enrich the local environment. This is the 38th year of the awards scheme, believed to be the longest running of its kind in Norfolk.

The 2016 Enhancement Award winner was Tudor Rose Barn, Aylsham, which dates from the mid-19th century and lies within the Blickling Conservation Area. The conversion successfully renovated a derelict historic barn and incorporates environmentally friendly features such as solar panels to provide hot water and electricity, and a ground source heat pump.

The judges were impressed by owners James and Julie Barrett’s attention to detail and clever use of space to create a four bedroom family home from a modest barn.

James Barrett said:

“We’re delighted to have been nominated for this award, and it is fantastic to have been recognised for going the extra mile with the conversion. We wanted to be as sustainable as we could be - altering the building as little as possible, using local materials such as Norfolk oak, installing a ground source heat pump and solar panels, and even creating our own borehole for water and a treatment plant for sewage.”

Second place and a certificate of high commendation was awarded to the creation of bed and breakfast accommodation at Cotenham Barn in Panxworth, with third place and a certificate of commendation going to the extension to Sprowston Pavilion. The conversion of barns at Cropton Hall and the refurbishment of Dog Corner Lodge, both in Heydon, were awarded certificates of merit.

Cllr Karen Vincent, Broadland District Council’s member champion for heritage, said:

“Once again there has been a very high standard of nominations for this year’s Enhancement Award. Congratulations to Tudor Rose Barn, whose conversion was highly sympathetic to the original heritage and the surrounding area whilst striving for environmental excellence throughout, and to all the highly commended runners-up.”

The awards were presented by Cllr John Ward, Chairman of the Council, at a ceremony in the Council Chamber at Thorpe Lodge on Wednesday 23 November.

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