Celebrating the design excellence of the county’s property and construction industry, the awards – which are now in their 12th year – are jointly organised and sponsored by DHA Planning, Kent County Council and Maxim.
New for 2016 is the Conservation category, supported by the Rochester Bridge Trust. It means there are now six categories to enter, each giving professionals in the built environment the opportunity to demonstrate how they are using their skills to develop and regenerate the county.
The awards, which take place every two years, are now open for entries in the following categories: Commercial, Industrial and Retail; Conservation; Environmental Performance; Infrastructure and Renewables; Public Buildings – Education and Community; and Residential – Minor and Major.
“Since the last awards in 2014, the economy has seen a marked improvement and with it greater confidence in the property industry and Kent as a whole. Having buildings that are well designed and exude a degree of professional confidence is important to how we promote Kent,” said Paul Carter, leader of Kent County Council.
He added: “These awards showcase Kent’s built environment and epitomise the longstanding spirit of partnership between the public and private sector, through the skills of our local architects, construction companies, developers or surveyors.”
The winners of the six categories will go forward to compete for the Project of the Year trophy, sponsored by DHA Planning, which will be awarded to the building or scheme with the greatest level of design quality in Kent. Last year this was won by Goat Lees Primary School in Ashford.
Maxim’s Andrew Metcalf commented: “These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the wealth of talent in the county’s development and construction industry and we are pleased to be able to support them for another year.”
DHA Planning, Kent County Council and Maxim are joined in delivering the awards by bdb design; Clague Architects; CTP Consulting Engineers; Kent Construction Focus Group; The Rochester Bridge Trust; Scape Group, Quinn Estates and Penenden Heath Developments.
The deadline for entering the Kent Design & Development Awards 2016 via www.kentdesigndevelopmentawards.co.uk is 19 August, 2016.
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