Design award winners

Outstanding building and structural projects across the region have been recognised at the 25th annual Aylesbury Vale District Council Design Awards. The ceremony, held on November 29 at the council’s Gateway Conference Centre, was supported by Durkan UK and brought together designers, architects, builders and contractors to showcase their excellence.

Nine projects were shortlisted from the nominated schemes before being judged by an expert panel against six key criteria: quality of design/construction, fitness for purpose, sustainability, accessibility, attractiveness and innovation. To mark the 25th year of the awards, each of the nine shortlisted projects were also included in a People’s Choice award, voted for by the public.

In total, six awards were presented on the night:

> People’s Choice – Brenda’s Way, Aylesbury:  Redevelopment of a garage site to form 14 dwellings with associated parking and six replacement garages.
> Outstanding Design – 43 High Street, Long Crendon: Two-storey rear extension to the Grade II listed thatched cottage, making best use of the change in levels.
> Best Conversion – Foxhill Barn, Kingsey: Conversion of a black steel-framed Dutch barn to form a single five-bed dwelling.
> Best Public Building – Beachborough School: Extension of school building within courtyard setting to form a Design Technology workshop.
> Best Redevelopment – Brenda’s Way, Aylesbury: Redevelopment of a garage site to form 14 dwellings with associated parking and six replacement garages.
> Best Restoration – Dinton Castle, Dinton: Restoration of a Grade II* listed former folly to form a single dwelling.

Councillor Peter Strachan, Cabinet Member for Planning and Enforcement at the council, said: ‘These annual awards highlight the diversity of building projects across the Vale, recognising those which demonstrate excellence and support the sustainable growth of the district. Over the past 25 years, we’ve presented numerous awards and are proud to continue to promote sustainable, attractive and innovative design. Congratulations to all the shortlisted projects and special thanks to all the AVDC planners involved in these schemes.’

Fraser Wells, Managing Director Partnerships, Durkan, said: ‘Since partnering with AVDC on The Exchange project in the centre of Aylesbury, we increasingly see our role as a supporter of the wider community and the initiatives being implemented by the council. As such, we were delighted to sponsor this important awards scheme once again. It is inspiring to see such innovative and sympathetic design being recognised and we extend our congratulations to all the winners.’