300 year old Great Yarmouth building wins architecture award

PUBLISHED: 13:04 13 December 2014 | UPDATED: 13:04 13 December 2014

The Cafe in the pavillion next to St Georges Theatre, Great Yarmouth. 

Picture: James Bass

The Cafe in the pavillion next to St Georges Theatre, Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass

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A Great Yarmouth landmark has won a national architecture award, hand picked from 60 buildings across the UK.

The renovated St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth. Photo by Nick Butcher. The renovated St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth. Photo by Nick Butcher.

St George’s chapel, which has been completely renovated and given a new lease of life as St George’s Theatre, has won the ‘Reuse of a Georgian Building’ category at the 2014 Georgian Group Architectural Awards, sponsored by Savills.

Three hundred years after the Georgian period, the former church in Yarmouth’s historic King Street was converted by Hopkins Architects more than two years ago.

The £4m transformation, including the addition of a modern pavilion and plaza, has already won praise from the Georgian Group, a charity committed to the preservation of buildings dating from 1700 to 1840.

Dating from the early 18th century, the Grade I listed chapel was turned in to a theatre in the 1970s. It subsequently became vacant and in 2009 was placed on the buildings at risk register.

The award ceremony on Thursday night was presented by the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry KBE at Christie’s, London.

Crispin Holborow, of Savills Country Department and a member of the judging panel, said: “This year’s winning entries demonstrate the painstaking research and attention to detail that it takes to ensure the future of Britain’s important and historic Georgian buildings.

“Buildings that without the enormous commitment of their owners, might have fallen into disrepair. In this year, the 300th anniversary of the Georgian era, it is clear that this style of architecture is as popular as ever - exemplified by the creative interpretation of Georgian principles in the new buildings categories and the novel ways of using Georgian buildings in the reuse and landscape categories.”

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