Two projects involving outstanding, but very different, buildings in Hadleigh, Suffolk, have been granted the Noel Turner Award by Hadleigh Society.

The first is for the sympathetic restoration of a medieval town house at 25/27 George Street, while the second involved the restoration of a folly and stable block combined with a new, modern cuboid dwelling at Cross Maltings behind Benton Street. Both projects were commissioned by private individuals who live in the developments and used Suffolk architects and craftspeople. 

“It is great to see these examples of good design and quality craftmanship commissioned by local people that adds to the improvement of Hadleigh’s architectural character and heritage,” commented Richard Fletcher.

The Noel Turner Award is made in recognition of outstanding improvements to, or conservation of, Hadleigh’s buildings or environment. Mr Turner was one of the founders of the Hadleigh Society and chairman in 1990.

“It is unusual for two Noel Turner Awards to be made, but both were extremely well deserved,” commented Hadleigh Society chairman, Richard Fletcher.

Nigel and Heather Hynam were commended for the way they restored and incorporated 27 George Street into their long-time home of 25 George Street. “Together with 29, these were originally a single medieval town house of some grandeur and the Hynam’s restoration works, both internally and externally, revealed much of the magnificence of two-thirds of the original features,” said Richard Fletcher, chairman of Hadleigh Society.

Nigel and Heather Hynam receive the Noel Turner Award from Hadleigh Society chairman, Richard Fletcher (left|).

Graham and Lindsay Panton were praised for the imaginative restoration and adaption of a stable-cum-Victorian folly buildings as a residential annex, linked to their modern low-energy new dwelling giving sweeping views over the River Brett.  It has already been presented with two RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) awards – one for design of new residential development and one for craftmanship.

Lindsay and Graham Panton receive the Noel Turner Award from Hadleigh Society chairman, Richard Fletcher (left).