Designs on awards

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Skilful conversions, innovative new builds and pioneering commercial architecture will be honoured once again at this year’s Mayor’s Design Awards.

Entries are now being accepted for the prestigious awards, which celebrate excellent architectural and landscape design within West Norfolk and acknowledge the architects, craftsmen, contractors and individuals who deliver it.

Now in its sixteenth year, the competition is an important way to recognise the high quality work of local companies and individuals and to pay tribute to the positive impact their work has upon the built environment of the borough.

King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Mayor, Cllr Elizabeth Watson, who will be involved in the judging this year, said: “Good quality design can make such a difference to an area, enhancing its character and making it a place where people want to live and visit. Previous awards entries have been of an exceptionally high standard and I am very much looking forward to being involved this year.”

Anyone can nominate a building or scheme, which has been completed between January 2012 and December 2013, with the permission of the owner. To nominate a scheme please complete an application form and include before and after pictures. Application forms are available on the council’s website:, under the planning pages and mayoral pages. Paper copies are also available from council offices and parish councils.

Categories include: extensions, conversions, new single homes, small residential developments, commercial schemes (such as shop fronts and industrial developments), landscaping schemes, refurbishment projects and community amenities.

Entries are scrutinised by the mayor and a panel of judges, consisting of key members of the Planning Committee, development control officers and the Conservation Officer. The judges will be looking for schemes that ‘bring pleasure and delight through design, workmanship, or their contribution to a particular setting.” The judges will visit short-listed schemes.

An awards ceremony will be held next April, where the winners will be announced.

The closing date for applications is 24 January 2014.