The names of Canterbury’s finest new buildings, renovations and shop fronts will be revealed at an awards ceremony at the end of the month when architect and TV presenter Ptolemy Dean hands out four plaques to category winners and certificates to six highly commended projects. There will also be a plaque for the overall winner.
The Design Awards are run every two years by the Canterbury Society and recognise the best architecture and design in this World Heritage Site city. A record number of 29 projects were nominated this year including new buildings, renovations, shop fronts and open space.
Nominations include the St Thomas Place housing development in Military Road, the Canterbury Hotel in Wincheap and Yo Sushi in Sun Street.
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Architect John Yard, who has organised the event said: “We were delighted by the number of entries as it shows a real interest by the community in the quality of the spaces and places around us.
“Good design not only has a powerful effect on local pride, but also on local economic prosperity. We have much to celebrate with these Awards.
“The awards not only celebrate good built design but also offer lessons for current and future projects that hopefully will enhance the quality of our City and surrounding villages.
“They also show the value of community engagement in the built environment,”
The presentation takes place at St Peters Methodist Church Hall on Thursday, 31 starting with a reception and refreshments from 7pm. The ceremony begins at 7.30pm. All are welcome and there is no entry charge.
The awards are sponsored by Clague Architects, Corinthian Land, Anthony Swaine Architecture and Parkers Design and Print.
For more information about the Canterbury Society, log on to its website.