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Guildford Society Seeking Nominations for Design Awards

Published on: 20 Jun, 2020
Updated on: 22 Jun, 2020

The Barker and Stonehouse store by Stoke interchange, a GSoc design winner in 2018

The Guildford Society is inviting nominations for its bi-annual design awards.

The awards that will be presented in late 2020 to schemes completed in Guildford Borough between September 2018 and June 2020. But they are warning: “We may be restricted on making site visits and holding an awards ceremony in late 2020 may be complex.

“However, we do feel we should be optimistic for the future and start on a process for collecting nominations for schemes in several categories:

  • New Commercial Building
  • New Public Building
  • New Build – Individual House
  • New Build – Multiple Housing
  • Restoration or Refurbishment Project
  • Public Realm Improvements, including public artworks.”

The Borough boundaries can be discovered here.

As the Coronavirus restrictions have delayed some projects, the Society will accept projects that should have been completed by June 2020 but have been delayed by a matter of weeks.

Candidates will be judged by a small panel consisting of GSoc members and panellists invited for their architectural, planning, artistic background.  The draft judging criteria to be confirmed by the judging panel are can be seen here.

A spokesperson added: “The Society will be careful to approach property owners to ensure they are happy for their scheme to be considered.”

If you would like to nominate a scheme for consideration, large or small, please e-mail location, category and brief description of the scheme to the society chair at:

The Guildford Society aims to provide a forum for debate about the issues affecting the  town and borough including:

•   Conserving the best of Guildford and its environs;
•   Promoting high standards of planning and architecture;
•   Influencing the pace and type of development; and
•   Raising the level of public awareness of local issues.

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