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Binham Priory Visitor Centre

Fakenham, North Norfolk

Introduction:

Binham Priory was a Benedictine priory which is now ten centuries old. It was founded by the Norman baron Peter de Valognes, a nephew of William the Conqueror, in the 11th century. It was home to around 14 monks and a prior.

The Priory is now a church for local people, with responsibility for its care shared between a partnership of the Binham Priory Trust and the Norfolk Archaeological Trust in association with Binham Parochial Church Council.

For this project we were contracted to construct an extension to house a new reception and display area and to help conserve one of the priory’s ancient flint walls.

Details:

  • The new extension was designed in a traditional style to echo the architecture of the priory and create a seamless link between the old and the new.
  • Some modernisation was required with the addition of disabled ramps and underground heating.
  • Curved glulam beams and oak replicate the original stone ribs in the roof of a small tower which now forms part of the reception.

Features:

  • All the traditional joinery for the project was made by our own craftsmen in the workshops at Bullen Joinery.

Awards:

  • RIBA East Spirit of Ingenuity Awards commended Binham Priory in the heritage section.
  • Graham Allen Award for Conservation, presented by the North Norfolk District Council
  • Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Norfolk Awards honoured our achievement

Acknowledgements:

David Frost, Project Manager for Binham Priory:
‘We have received many comments of surprise that the quality of workmanship, particularly the stone, flint and woodwork, is still capable of being executed. The overall appearance is very pleasing and appropriate.’



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