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Design awards 2012

01st September 2012

The Society’s 2012 Design Award Ceremony will be held in the Guildhall on Thursday, October 18th with presentations of Certificates to the winners followed by a talk by David Watts, former Chief Executive of Guildford Borough Council, and concluding with a wine and canapé reception. There will be an exhibition of photographs of winning projects.

 As many members are aware, the Society has altered its Design Award process this year.  We have invited Parish Councils and Residents’ Associations throughout the Borough to nominate buildings and projects of outstanding merit for awards. Previously, only members of the Society were invited to nominate projects. We invited nominations in four categories: 1) New Build; 2) Refurbishment; 3) Shop fronts; and 4) Environmental projects including: Public Art; Public Space; and  Green Credentials. Projects completed during the past 2 years, generally from June 2010 to June 2012, were considered.

The Society’s Design Award scheme was initiated over 30 years ago with a Shop front Award to promote more sensitive shop front designs along the historic High Street during a period when bright plastic fascia panels proliferated. Today, most shop fronts are compatible with the materials and period of buildings along the High Street and within the town centre generally – so were we successful in this campaign? The categories of New Build, Refurbishments and Environmental projects were added in stages by the mid-1980s.

In the 1990s, the Society added the Crabtree Prize for a project by an individual or group that made a significant improvement to the town. This prize commemorates the work and contribution to the Society by both Sylvia Crabtree and William Crabtree, one of England’s most prominent modern architects. Finally, when GBC decided to make awards on similar criteria every other year, The Society did the same.

As has become our custom, the winning projects – even the lists of selections - remain a secret until the Awards Presentation evening: no secrets have yet been revealed.

Posted by: Merilyn Spier