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Hudson bags Norfolk country park prize

Winning scheme will create new visitor centre with café and conference centre to improve facilities for schools and community groups

Hudson Architects has won a design competition to overhaul Norfolk’s Whitlingham Country Park, near Norwich.

The studio beat Feilden + Mawson and LSI Architects to win the project, which aims to upgrade the park’s visitor centre and regenerate neighbouring land. Hudson’s scheme proposes refurbishing the park’s 235m² barn and creating a new 1,450m² visitor centre, featuring a café, conference area and washroom facilities.

Robin Bertram of the studio said: ‘We’re really excited. It’s a brilliant project to get.’

The project for Crown Point Estate and the Whitlingham Charitable Trust is part of a bid to generate more income from the 24.7-hectare open space while improving its facilities for schools and community groups.

Bertram said the practice was pursuing a ‘light touch’ approach to create a ‘viable financial future’ for the park.

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  • I've heard that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but the winning design for the Norfolk Country Park is practically a carbon copy of Adam Khan's Brockholes Visitor Centre. The roof form, materials, arrangement of volumes, eaves line, scale and massing are not just from the same family, but split from the same egg. If this were the music industry Mr Khan would certainly be receiving his royalties in the post.

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