Canterbury Society Design Awards 2021

Canterbury Society Design Awards 2021

Following the success of the second Design Awards in 2018, the Canterbury Society is now seeking nominations for our next Design Awards in 2021.

Design Awards 2021 form

The Canterbury Society Design Awards aim to recognise and celebrate buildings, spaces and places that are loved by our community. The Awards celebrate projects nominated by the people who live alongside them and use them and who have a real understanding of their impact on the local area.

Winner of the Canterbury Society Design Awards 2018 : Kingsdown House on Broad Street. Photograph by Dennis Gilbert

Back in 2018, The King’s School won the top prize, taking the “Overall Winner” title and also two others for its Kingsdown House development on Broad Street. Other category winners included a private dwelling at 8, St Peter’s Lane, by CPD Architect’s in the “New Housing” category, The Sibson Building, University of Kent, by Penoyre and Prasad in the “New Building outside a Conservation Area” category and the Chapter House Pizzeria and Bar, by Clague Architects in the “Shop Fronts and Signage” category.

Metal building plaques were presented to the winners by the Society’s President, Ptolemy Dean who also gave an entertaining talk on “Working to SAVE Canterbury’s Heritage”.

We are now seeking nominations for our 2021 Awards

Those nominating are requested to complete the form and submit it together with photographs, sufficient to identify and describe the project and to say why it is worthy of a Design Award.

The Awards will be given in seven categories : new housing, a new building in a Conservation Area, a new building outside a Conservation Area,, a building that has been renovated, retro-fitted or refurbished, public realm and open space projects, shop front and signage and the most innovative solution to our climate and ecological emergency. From the category winners, an overall winner will be chosen. The only requirements are that the projects are within Canterbury and the surrounding parishes, can be seen from a public road, path or public open space and were completed between 30th September 2018 and 30th June 2021.

Nominations will be accepted from anyone, including members of the Canterbury Society, community organisations, residents associations, CCC and parish councils, architects and developers. Suggested projects may be works on buildings, streets or public spaces, or be quite small schemes such as the sensitive repair or alteration of a building or shop front, or the attractive development of a neglected site.

Judging will be carried out by representatives of the Canterbury Society and invited members of the local community. The judges will be considering quality of the design, quality of construction, suitability for the location, improvement to the public realm, impact on the local community, sustainability, pride of place and if the project has a great story to tell. The winners will be revealed at an award ceremony to take place in the Cathedral Lodge in November 2021.

The Awards are sponsored by Rogate, Bo Concept, Boys and Maughan, Anthony Swaine Architecture, Clague Architects, Kreston Reeves and James Clague Architects.

Design Awards 2021 form

So start gazing around and sending in your nominations. For further information please contact John Yard, jyard98@btinternet.com to whom nominations should be sent.

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