There’s still time to enter the Kent Design & Development Awards

Time is running out to make nominations for the 2016 Kent Design & Development Awards, which recognise excellence in construction projects.

Previous victors include the triple award-winning Goat Lees Primary School, a cycle park, tidal defences, a housing development and a crematorium.

Anyone is eligible to make a free nomination, with the deadline for entries Friday, 19th August.

Jointly organised and sponsored by DHA Planning, Kent County Council, and PR and marketing agency Maxim, the Kent Design & Development Awards are now in their 12th year.

Paul Carter, leader of Kent County Council, commented: “Well-designed, high-quality buildings are an important part of Kent’s image, demonstrating innovation, style and confidence to the rest of the country and beyond.

“These awards celebrate Kent’s design and construction excellence and I urge people to nominate their development projects for the opportunity to join the ranks of the very impressive buildings that have won so far.”

Entries are invited for six categories: Commercial, Industrial and Retail; Conservation; Environmental Performance; Infrastructure and Renewables; Public Buildings – Education and Community; and Residential – Minor and Major. An overall Project of the Year is then chosen from among the winners.

Alex Hicken, managing director at DHA Planning, based in Maidstone, said: “The last awards generated almost 100 entries from across Kent, including a range of public and private buildings and structures. This year we’ve already received some excellent entries but are urging people to continue nominating and help us to beat previous records.”

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 Procure, Quinn Estates and Penenden Heath Developments. They are further supported by Kent Design.