Rewarding Restoration

Do you know of a recently restored Nottinghamshire building which exemplifies enlightened restoration, or a new building which enhances its surroundings?

Entries are now invited for the increasingly popular and prestigious HARRY JOHNSON AWARD 2016 – run every alternate year jointly by the Nottinghamshire Building Preservation Trust and the Nottingham Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, both energetic guardians of Nottinghamshire’s heritage.

Architect Harry Johnson, who died in 1988, was an outstanding advocate for Nottinghamshire’s historic vernacular architecture – the Award was instigated in his memory to encourage sensitive restoration or new building which blends sympathetically into an existing area of heritage value.

Projects should have been completed within three years prior to the application deadline of 15th May. The support of the building owners is, of course, essential for the provision of detailed information and co-operation with the judges to arrange a visit.

Previous award-winners have ranged from centuries-old to post-Victorian, and favour domestic buildings from tiny terraced cottages to country houses, almost-derelict farm and canal-side buildings rescued and converted for alternative use, and include a number of new homes sensitively built in conservation areas. All showed a love of the building, an appreciation of its history and consideration for its place in the environment.

Nomination forms are available from the Nottinghamshire Building Preservation Trust, Minster Chambers, Church Street, Southwell NG25 0HD and via the Trust’s website
. A modest entry fee of £15 is required to cover the costs of administration and the Award certificates. Judging is scheduled for June/July 2016.


Further details available by e-mail from

or from Marion Edwards (01636 819555 or 0115 9392459)

One thought on “Rewarding Restoration

  1. Marion Edwards

    Dear John and Sarah – many thanks for including the item on the NBPT/CPRE Harry Johnson Award. I may have accidentally sent you the same information from my Stapleford Allotment Association e-mail – but have just seen the item on your news page. Am very grateful.
    Best wishes,


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