£7m car park and Asda superstore named among Norwich’s best architecture in design awards

Rose Lane multi-storey car park.Pic: Norwich Society.

Rose Lane multi-storey car park.Pic: Norwich Society.

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A £7m multi-storey car park, a new shopping centre, a student accommodation complex and the largest thatched building in Europe have been named among the cream of the crop of new architecture in Norwich.

The Asda store in Hall Road. Pic: Norwich Society.The Asda store in Hall Road. Pic: Norwich Society.

The winners of civic watchdog The Norwich Society’s Design Awards were revealed at The Assembly House last night.

There were a number of categories, with the Rose Lane multi-storey car park the winner in the civic category, ahead of the traffic shake-up which changed Golden Ball Street and pedestrianised Westlegate.

Of the Rose Lane car park, judges said: “There are some building types which do not often contribute any visual satisfaction or interest in our cities, they exist and we all use them, at the junction of Rose Lane and Mountergate is a striking challenge to that traditional concept.

“The judges consider this scheme to be a positive, creative and imaginative solution to a problematic building type which so often doesn’t receive much attention.”

The Enterprise Centre. Pic: Norwich Society.The Enterprise Centre. Pic: Norwich Society.

In the commercial category, the winner was the Asda store complex in Hall Road.

Judges said: “The shapes are bold and well detailed and have a pleasing scale.

“Usually it’s the car park which dominates such a site, but here it is a level below the main road which unifies the buildings.

“Altogether the judges thought this was a very pleasing and well-designed complex with an attractive scale and good natural finishes bringing architectural interest to this out of town commercial hub.”

Winalls Yard student housing in Norwich. Pic: Norwich Society.Winalls Yard student housing in Norwich. Pic: Norwich Society.

The University of East Anglia’s Enterprise Centre - Europe’s largest thatched building - scooped the community award. Judges said it “sets new green standards for education buildings”, and for being “ground breaking yet practical”.

The Winalls Yard student complex next to the bus station won the residential (grouped) award, while a Grade II listed house in Willow Lane took the residential (single) award.

The conversion of St Mary’s House - a wing of the Assembly House - won the conservation category and The Sir Bernard Feilden Conservation Architecture Award went to Boardman House, where the Norwich University of the Arts has its School of Architecture.

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