A PRIVATE house in Harrow on the Hill built in a 'contemporary arts and crafts style' is the latest contender for a borough-wide honour for good design.

Ormont (pictured), in Harrow Park, is a detached, five-bedroom family property worth more than £million. It has white rendered walls, a slate roof and dark stained timber window frames.

The project was put forward for the Harrow Architectural and Environmental Awards 2010 by architects Kenneth W Reed and Associates, of Station Road, Harrow.

Ormont is owned by a foreign businessman who bought the original rundown house and the grounds.

The house was demolished after Harrow Council was told it had 'little architectural merit'. Councillors approved designs for the two-storey replacement home five years ago after officers explained: "While the front and rear gables are clearly a modern interpretation of traditional building styles, it is considered they would make a positive contribution to the overall development."

Construction of the new Ormont began in March 2007 and the house - described on the website of one of the contractors involved as a 'luxury mansion' - was more or less completed in autumn last year.

Ormont joins Krishna Avanti Primary School, in Camrose Avenue, Edgware, and Pinner Methodist Church, in Love Lane, Pinner, on the nomination list for the awards. The winner will receive a plaque to be displayed on or near the building.

Anyone can nominate a structure - large or small, public or private - as long as it has not previously been entered into the awards.

Nominations forms are in the Harrowm Observer and close on March 31 and the awards ceremony is on May 20.