The 2018 Quality of Place Awards has now closed for entries.
The awards were introduced in 2010 to recognise and encourage an interest in the quality of the built and natural environment of our district and to promote an awareness of the need for high standards in all forms of design, including planning, architecture, sustainable development and landscaping and community involvement. The length of time from completion for eligible schemes is two years apart from the Nature and Landscape category which is five years due to the time it takes such work to become established.
To qualify for an award, the project must:
Please note that council employees and councillors cannot apply.
All nominations are judged on the following criteria:
Building Conservation (BC)
This award is for any works to buildings of local or historic interest undertaken with particular attention to the quality of conservation. Projects which help to preserve and enhance the character of such buildings and their settings should be entered into this category. In addition, the criteria for judging this award will also include:
This award is for any new buildings or extensions. In addition, the criteria for judging this award will also include:
Nature and Landscape (N&L)
This award is for nature or landscape projects, which contribute to local distinctiveness and benefit the local environment, wildlife or habitat, undertaken with or without other building works/development.
In addition, the criteria for judging this award will also include:
Entry is free and is made by completing a Quality of Place Awards nomination form.
The following information will be required to accompany the completed nomination form:
The completed form needs to be submitted (with all the relevant supporting information) to our Design and Conservation Team.
After the closing date the nominations will be assessed in two stages:
Stage 1 - A panel of judges, comprising a representative from the council, a local amenity society, an historic buildings expert, a natural environment expert and a local architect, will meet to consider the schemes and compile a shortlist.
Stage 2 - Shortlisted candidates will be contacted to arrange a site visit by the panel of judges.
After the site visits the judges will determine the winner of each category. The winners will be invited to the award presentation ceremony in the at the council offices and presented with a commemorative, bronze plaque and certificate.
This is an informal evening event with the winners, judges and ward councilors of the winning entries and council officers. The Chairman of the Council will present the awards while a slideshow of the winning entries runs.
A short acceptance speech would be very welcome. You will then have your photograph taken with your award followed by light refreshments. The results of the awards are published on our website as well as in the local press.