The spectacular transformation of five former farm workers’ cottages and the creation of a unique indoor adventure play centre at Pensthorpe Natural Park, near Fakenham, is in the running for a prestigious national award.
Pensthorpe’s management team has been invited to the grand final of the Local Authority Building Control Awards at London’s Westminster Park Plaza in November, having won Best Inclusive Building at the East Anglian regional finals.
Hootz House, Pensthorpe Natural Park’s iconic adventure play centre has won a national building award.
The popular north Norfolk play barn beat off competition from around Great Britain to be named best Recreation & Leisure project of the year by the Rural and Industrial Design and Building Association.
Bespoke framework for the innovative project was constructed by Hingham-based steel-framed building specialists A C Bacon Engineering in conjunction with the primary contractor Bunting & Son.
The £53,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), made possible by National Lottery players, will help the Pensthorpe Conservation Trust open a window on the wonders of the Wensum – and a door to employment, work experience and volunteering.
“It’s wonderful news. We are very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for their generosity,” said Reserve Manager Richard Spowage. “The river learning facility is the final piece of a jigsaw which as seen us restore a 3km stretch of the River Wensum to its natural splendour, worthy of the highest level international protection status the river now enjoys. It is teeming with an abundance of native British wildlife.”