The 2019 Design Awards were presented at a crowded and enthusiastic ceremony at the end of January by the Society’s President, Ptolemy Dean, who also gave an entertaining talk on ‘Working to SAVE Canterbury’s Heritage’.
Run every two years by the Canterbury Society, the Awards recognise the best architecture and design in this World Heritage Site city. A record number of 29 projects were nominated this year, under the headings of new buildings, renovations, shop fronts and open spaces. The Awards were sponsored by Clague Architects, Anthony Swaine Architecture and Parkers Design and Print.
The King’s School won title of “Overall Winner” for its Kingsdown House development. Awards were also presented for the best new buildings (winners Sibson Building University of Kent and a house in St Peter’s Lane), renovations (winner Kingsdown House), and shop fronts (winner Chapter House Bar). Several projects were highly commended and these included The Butterfly Garden in Pound Lane, St Thomas’s Place Housing in Military Road, Riverside House at 5, All Saints’ Lane, Phase 2 at One Pound Lane, the Cheese Shop in Palace Street and Yo Sushi in Sun Street.
John Yard, a retired architect and chair of the judges said: ‘The awards not only celebrate good built design but also offer lessons for current and future projects that hopefully will enhance the quality of our city and the surrounding villages. In times of austerity, it is encouraging to see clients willing to spend money on both the aesthetic and environmental credentials of building projects’.