Double award success for Suffolk contractor

Posted by Rachel Norman on Sep 23 - 2015
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Two spectacular houses built by Framlingham’s Robert Norman Construction have been shortlisted for prestigious national industry awards.

Broombank, which is located on the River Alde in Aldeburgh, was recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 2014. It has now has been named as one of five finalists in the Sunday Times British Homes Awards for 2015 in the ‘one off house’ category.

The house represents the only project from East Anglia which has made the finalists list and will line up against other homes from London at the award ceremony on 16th October, which is being held at the London Marriott Hotel on Grosvenor Square.

Broombank is a relaxed contemporary house within a reconsidered, ‘natural’ landscape. Large, sliding glass doors allow the surrounding landscape to be ever present throughout the house and carefully positioned rooflights allow day/sunlight to fill the spaces throughout the day.

The second project built by the team which has been recognised is a development of artist studios in Aldeburgh called ‘The Studios’. A previous winner of the RIBA East design award, this project has now been shortlisted in the ‘best project by a small practice’ category in The 2015 Blueprint Awards which are run by Blueprint Magazine, a high end design and architecture publication and take place on 22nd October.

‘The Studios’ are two new multi-use artist studios built within a mature landscaped garden on an existing residential plot. The twinned studios are located remotely from the main house and configured to create a tranquil, contemplative space in the garden.

The building is constructed from a thermally efficient timber and steel framed construction. Internally the Studios are finished with robust painted chipboard linings and externally with corrugated fibre cement board.

On the shortlisting Robert Norman said: “It goes without saying that we are thrilled to have two of our projects shortlisted in such prestigious awards processes. Credit must go to SOUP Architects who designed both Broombank and The Studios, which we were able to make a reality.”

Robert Norman Construction is a multi-award winning building contractor specialising in high quality, commercial works as well as new homes and eco-houses.

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