Race is on to find Harlow’s best new buildings
Lifestyle / Wed 15th Aug 2018 am31 08:06am
ORGANISED by Harlow Civic Society, with the support of Places for People and Architecture & Design Services, the Harlow Architectural Design Awards have been running for three years and celebrate the best designed buildings completed in the last year. The aim of the Awards is to encourage architects, developers and property owners to help Harlow become an even better and more beautiful place in which to live.
They want you to nominate your favourite new architectural designs, both residential and non-residential. Residential projects can be any project relating to a home, be it a great looking new house, a refurbishment which is particularly stunning or an excellent extension – no matter how big or small the budget! The non-residential category is wider and covers any project, whether a commercial or community building, or a mixed-use development, perhaps a wonderful sports facility like last year’s winner – Harlow Rugby Club?
Nominations in both categories are now open and will close at the end of July 2018. Residents will then be asked to vote on the ultimate winner from a shortlist of entries drawn up by our expert panel. This same panel will select a winner in each category, based on residents’ voting results. 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, and the owners will get to keep a commemorative plaque for display on their building.
Paul McLintic, of the Awards team, said:
“We are very happy with the way Harlow residents have warmed to the Awards and look forward to another great competition this year when many new houses and commercial properties can be seen going up around the town. We think there is something rather special about the way that Harlow has been designed and these Awards are all about extending and enhancing our design heritage.
“Last year, we received more than 500 votes, and hope that even more people will scour the town for buildings they’d like to see recognised for their quality.”
Mary Parsons, Group Director of Placemaking and Regeneration at HADA sponsors Places for People, said:
“Places for People is delighted to again support the Harlow Architectural Design Awards. We are committed to creating high quality development and great places. It’s a chance to showcase the best of the town and for local people to share what buildings mean most to them. There’s been some surprises in past years and we look forward to seeing this year’s nominations.”
Mark Cotton, Principal of Harlow’s leading architectural practice, Architecture & Design Services, said:
“Harlow has a unique architectural design that can be seen, not just in individual buildings but in their relationships and the way they work within the structure of the town overall. We are once again looking to engage with residents in the appreciation and further development of our surroundings.”
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