City design awards receive record number of nominations

The Corner House sits on the junction of Dover Street and Upper Bridge Street

The Canterbury Society has received a record number of nominations for its 2018 Design Awards.

A total of 28 nominations were received over five categories: new housing, new buildings, refurbishments, open space and the public realm and shop fronts and signage.

The society’s John Yard said: “We are delighted by the number of entries as it shows real interest by the community in the quality of the spaces and places around us.

“It is wonderful to have received nominations by so many people who live alongside these places, use them, are affected by them and who have a real understanding of their impact on the local area”

In the largest category, refurbishment, the 11 nominations range in size from the Corner House Restaurant in Dover Street to a new entrance portico for the Canterbury Hotel in Wincheap.

Shop fronts and signage also received a large number of nominations, with eight in all, reinforcing the importance placed on good design and signage along our shopping streets.

The nominations here include Yo Sushi in Sun Street and the Cheese Shop in Palace Street.

Other projects nominated in the new building and open space categories include Lady Kingsdown House on Broad Street for the King’s School and the Butterfly Garden on Pound Lane, planted by the Canterbury Society and Canterbury in Bloom in memory of Kenneth Pinnock, a well-known local publisher and one of the founders of the Canterbury Society.

Judging will be carried out tomorrow (November 7) by representatives of the Canterbury Society committee, the Heritage Design Forum and members of the community.

The winners will be revealed at an award ceremony to take place at St Peters Methodist Church Hall on Thursday, January 31.


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