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In search of the best new architecture in Norwich and Norfolk

Written by  Jon Boon
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The Norfolk Association of Architects, The Norwich Society and Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement,  have launched the search for the best new architecture in the county, in the lead up to the announcement of their 2021 Norwich + Norfolk Design and Craftsmanship Awards. These biennial awards celebrate outstanding buildings and places in the county. A presentation ceremony will be held this Autumn.

The awards will go to projects that are well designed, meet the needs of their users and also contribute to the public enjoyment of places. The Sir Bernard Feilden award will also be presented for the best conservation scheme in Norwich.

The judges will be looking for a high standard of design and craftsmanship in their construction and finishes. The winners will also have to demonstrate that they have taken account of the wider environmental implications, including minimising any impact on climate change from their construction and use.

The winners will also have to demonstrate that they have taken account of the wider environmental implications, including minimising any impact on climate change from their construction and use. A previous winner for example, is the Enterprise Centre at UEA which is the UK’s greenest building and uses thatch to clad its walls to reduce heat loss; this went on to also win the New Build category of the national Civic Voice Design Awards in 2018. A winner from the last DCA in 2019 was the Goldsmith Street housing development in Norwich, which was built to the Passivhaus standard to create homes that are both comfortable to live in and use virtually no energy for space heating.

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Other winning or commended schemes from recent years include the Jarrold Bridge that provides an elegant crossing of the river Wensum. Earlham Hall and the Briton's Arms in Elm Hill both won Sir Bernard Feilden Conservation Awards.

The Community category, which is free to enter, promotes projects or buildings by community groups. This was won by Lyng Community Hall at DCA19 not just for its stylish and useable design, but also for its fund-raising and community involvement. Kett's Heights was also commended as a green public space that was rejuvenated by a volunteer group. The winner of the Community category will automatically be submitted for the national Civic Voice Design Awards.

Any profits from the event will be donated to two charities this year - St Martin’s Housing Society for their ‘Housing First’ project, which provides housing and support for the homeless, and the Architects’ Benevolent Society which supports the architectural community and their families in times of need.

Nominations are now open and entries can be submitted on-line at the DCA website until Friday 16th. July. To be eligible, projects must have been completed between July 2019 and end of May 2021. Full details can be found at : https://designandcraftsmanshipawards.org.uk/

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