Judging panel formed of industry experts

A high-level panel of industry experts has come together to help identify and celebrate the design excellence of the county’s property and construction industry.

Chaired by Brian Horton, director of Horton Strategic, the judging panel for the 2016 Kent Design & Development Awards includes architectural, conservation and design, housing and regeneration, as well as environmental, civil and structural engineering experts. 

The other judges are Carolyn McKenzie, sustainability and climate change manager at Kent County Council; Chris Clark, director of CTP Consulting Engineers; Chris Lamb, director of Design South East; Ian Gutteridge, of Watson Day Chartered Surveyors; and James Robinson, the South’s director of Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Brian Horton is a public sector housing professional and the founding director of Horton Strategic, a housing consultancy working independently and collaboratively with expert associates to provide specialist strategic advice on housing and regeneration to clients in the public, private and third sector. Horton Strategic is currently working with the South East Local Enterprise Partnership, Buildoffsite and Cheyne Capital. Recent commissions include Kier Living, DCLG Private Rented Sector Taskforce and Kent County Council. 

Carolyn McKenzie is head of sustainable business and community at Kent County Council, where she covers the organisation’s environmental performance as a business as well as implementing the Kent Environment Strategy. She has more than 15 years’ experience in the low carbon and environmental field, across three sectors.

Chris Clark is director of Kent-based CTP Consulting Engineers, international providers of civil, structural, marine and transportation design services. Founded on the principles of sound, flexible and imaginative engineering design, CTP have been providing a professional service to meet the individual needs of clients for almost 30 years.

Chris Lamb is the director of Design South East, an independent organisation supporting a better built environment. Design South East’s design review service is one of the most respected sources of independent built environment design advice in the UK and is involved in numerous major projects including new settlements and urban extensions. In parallel to this work, Kent Design has been launched. This brings the public and private sector together to help accommodate change and growth through the delivery of high quality architecture, public space and infrastructure. The organisation brings decision-makers, experts and the public together to improve quality of life for visitors and residents.

Ian Gutteridge qualified as a member of the RICS in 1987. He is experienced in dealing with all forms of commercial property across a wide professional spectrum, including agency, new development, property management, valuation, landlord and tenant matters. Ian is a partner at Watson Day Chartered Surveyors.

James Robinson of RIBA has been involved in the promotion of art and architecture throughout his career. Through RIBA and his involvement in architecture and regeneration projects, James works for better buildings, communities and environment across the region. His previous role was as deputy secretary of the Royal Academy of Arts.

Liz Wrigley is an urban designer with a master’s in business administration (MBA), and is a chartered town planner with experience working in central and local government and in the private and charity sectors. Liz works closely with the Design South East Panel to help clients diagnose and overcome design and planning concerns by providing tailored support, as well design review and design surgeries. She also manages design review panel meetings and produces the advice reports and is involved in delivering training and setting up and running roundtables and design workshops. Liz is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. 

Brian Horton said: “Nominations into the Kent Design & Development Awards are all judged by their peers. This means we are able to properly understand the challenges all entrants face in their bid to create design and construction excellence.

“It gives me great pleasure to chair this very experienced panel of judges and I look forward to reviewing all the entries.”

The judges have the job of shortlisting the entrants for the categories: Commercial, Industrial and Retail; Conservation; Environmental Performance; Infrastructure and Renewables; Public Buildings – Education and Community; and Residential – Minor and Major. The ultimate trophy for Project of the Year, sponsored by DHA Planning, will then be selected from among the category winners.

Jointly organised and sponsored by DHA Planning, Kent County Council, and leading PR and marketing agency Maxim, the Kent Design & Development Awards take place every two years and celebrate the design excellence of the county’s property and construction industry.

Further sponsorship is provided by bdb design, Clague Architects, CTP Consulting Engineers, Kent Construction Focus Group, The Rochester Bridge Trust, Scape Procure, Quinn Estates, Penenden Heath Developments and Kent Design.

The deadline for entering the Kent Design & Development Awards is 19 August, 2016.