Call out for city’s 2018 Design Awards

The Westgate Hall in Canterbury

The Canterbury Society is calling for nominations to its 2018 Design Awards.

Awarded every two years, the scheme aims to recognise and celebrate buildings, spaces and places which enhance the city and villages around it.

The overall winner of the 2016 awards is the revitalised Westgate Hall.

John Yard, a Canterbury Society committee member, is organising the awards. He said: “The awards will 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.”

There are five categories:

  • new housing
  • new buildings
  • buildings that have been renovated, retro-fitted or refurbished
  • public realm and open space projects
  • shop front and signage projects

Nominations must be projects in Canterbury and the surrounding parishes, can be seen from a public road or open space and were completed within the 24 months before September 30 of this year.

Mr Yard added: “Nominations will be accepted from, amongst others, community organisations, residents associations, Canterbury City Council and parish councils, architects, developers and members of the Canterbury Society.

“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 Committee, the Heritage Design Forum 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.”

Nomination forms are available on the Canterbury Society website and must be submitted no later than September 30.

Entries must come with a completed form with suitable photographs and an explanation as to why the project is worthy of a Design Award.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in January.

For more information email jyard98@btinternet.comto whom nominations should also be sent.


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