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Search is on for Harlow’s best buildings

Lifestyle / Tue 6th Jun 2017 at 03:12pm

The search is on for Harlow’s best buildings, as the town celebrates its 70th birthday

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The Awards will celebrate the best of this year’s architectural design in Harlow, and seek to encourage good design for the future of the town.

This year Harlow’s residents are asked to nominate their favourite new architectural designs in two categories: residential and non-residential.

Residential projects can be new build houses or flats, either individual ‘one off’ homes or a group of dwellings within a larger development, and, for the first time, the judging panel will also consider ‘beautifully designed’ extensions.

Non-residential buildings can be more or less anything else including commercial, community or mixed-use buildings.

All nominated projects must have been completed between July 2016 and June 2017.

When nominations close on 30 June, residents can vote on the ultimate winner from a shortlist of entries, before an expert panel will use the results to select a winner in each category.

Both nominations and voting can be done online at www.harlowarchitecturaldesignawards.org.uk.

The winning buildings’ architects will be presented with a custom-made glass trophy to retain for a year, designed by local artists from Parndon Mill; Harlow’s creative hub, as well as a commemorative plaque for display on their building.

Paul McLintic, of the Awards, said: “We are looking forward to engaging Harlow’s residents in another great competition. These Awards give Harlow’s community the opportunity to highlight what makes the town special, and help ensure that future developments stay true to Harlow’s exceptional design heritage.”

Mary Parsons, Group Director of Placemaking and Regeneration at HADA sponsors Places for People, said: “Places for People is delighted to continue its support of the Harlow Architectural Design Awards. Strong and considerate design plays an important role in attracting people to a place, as well as influencing the quality of life for the people who live and work there.

“This year’s Awards provide an ideal opportunity to celebrate the best in existing architecture within the town, whilst encouraging future developers to create built spaces that further enhance Harlow and its unique character.”

This year’s competition launches at the start of a research project being conducted by students at Passmore’s Academy, as they map out the town’s developing architectural landscape in a video celebrating Harlow’s 70-year history. Paul McLintic visited the school this week to discuss the awards, and inspire pupils to consider the impact of strong design on a town.

Vic Goddard, Headteacher at Passmores Academy, said: “We are delighted that Harlow Civic Society has engaged the school and its pupils in a project that recognizes Harlow’s unique architectural heritage.”

“It’s vital that our students gain an understanding of the town around them, its history and why it looks the way it does – this project will get everyone thinking about the built environment around them and I hope it inspires some real creativity.”

To nominate your favourite Harlow building from the past year, please visit www.harlowarchitecturaldesignawards.org.uk

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