Guildford Society 2020 Design Awards Winner Interviews

21 January 2021

Videos now available of all the wining entries

We have held a small 'virtual' celebration (21-1-2021) for the winners of our 2020 Design Awards.  The virtual celebration was also the occasion that we released the short interviews with the Architect, Developer, or Project Manager of the winning entry conducted by Peter Coleman RIBA chair of our judging panel

Despite delays and issues caused by Covid we have managed to run the competition; many thanks to all who submitted entries, and to the judging panel.

As a introduction to the awards and an overview of the shortlisted entries please see the introductory video .  

Award Winners and view Videos

From the initial long list of projects the judges selected a shortlist of projects to visit and judge. The winners in each category are:-

Play the video of each winner on the link provided

CATEGORY 2: AWARD WINNER: NEW PUBLIC BUILDING

Guildford Crematorium, New Pond Road, Godalming, GU7 3DB

Architects; Haverstock Architects; Client; Guildford Borough Council.


CATEGORY 3: AWARD WINNER: INDIVIDUAL HOUSE

St Catherine’s DriveGuildford, GU2

Designer; Alex Clifford; Client; Alex Clifford.


CATEGORY 3: COMMENDATION AWARD: INDIVIDUAL HOUSE

Maori RoadGuildford, GU1 

 Architects; Peter Huf Architecture; Client; Stuart Maguire.


CATEGORY 4: AWARD WINNER: SMALL MULTIPLE HOUSING

Foxfield, West Clandon, GU23 7BB

Architects; Omega Partnership Client; Runnymede Homes; Mark Knight ; 


CATEGORY 4: AWARD WINNER: LARGE MULTIPLE HOUSING

New Student Housing, Manor Park Campus, Surrey University,GU2 7WG

Architects; MJP Architects; Client; University of Surrey


CATEGORY 5: AWARD WINNER: RESTORATION/ REFURBISHMENT

St Nicolas Church Community Hall, Bury Street, Guildford, GU2 4AW

Architects; Nye Saunders Architects; Client; PCC St Nicolas Church.


CATEGORY 6: AWARD WINNER: CIVIC BUILDING PUBLIC REALM

Guildford Crematorium, New Pond Road, Godalming, GU7 3DB 

Landscape Architect; Plincke: Client; Guildford Borough Council


CATEGORY 6: AWARD WINNER: PUBLIC BUILDING PUBLIC REALM                      

Public Realm, The Welcome Building, RHS Garden, Wisley, GU23 6QB

Landscape Architect; Christopher Bradley – Hole;

Architects; KSS Architects;  Client; Royal Horticultural Society

All winners (except one) have received, late last year, on a individual basis, a metal plaque, using the new Guildford Society logo, that can be displayed on the buildings concerned.  

2020 has seen Good Design rise up the agenda.

Central government through its reports Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission and the subsequent Planning for the Future White Paper has created much debate about better design.

Covid has also made people realise that homes may have to be multipurpose in future to accommodate home working, and raised questions about space standards and access to light and outdoor space.

Locally, Joss Bigmore when he became leader of Guildford Borough Council highlighted the need for good design in the Borough.

Good Design is vital for our town and borough and as a society we will continue to promote having the best design possible.

We face many new schemes, large and small, being bought forward as planning applications which if not designed well will impact Guildford for generations to come.  

Peter Coleman chair of the judging panel commented: 

“The Judging Panel was heartened by the high quality of the entries with a range of new developments and restoration projects happening in the Borough. The submissions demonstrated a range of good quality contemporary architecture and sensitively designed extension works to existing buildings.

 

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You may wish to look at the videos as a continuous display.  You can do this by linking to this YouTube Playlist  

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