Shortlist unveiled for development awards

More than 30 projects have been shortlisted for this year’s Kent Design and Development Awards.

The judges will visit 34 projects from across the county, which have been selected from the 80 who entered. The awards are jointly organised and sponsored by Kent County Council, planning consultant DHA, and PR and marketing agency Maxim.

The six categories are: Commercial, Industrial and Retail; Conservation; Environmental Performance; Infrastructure and Renewables; Public Buildings – Education and Community; and Residential – Minor and Major. The overall title of Project of the Year is then selected from among the category winners.

Paul Carter, leader of Kent County Council, said: “The diversity and quality of the entries once again demonstrates there is a real commitment to creating well designed buildings that  work well for the people who use them, for the environment and sit well in the Kent landscape.

“The panel of independent judges has scrutinised each of the entries and will shortly set out on a three day mission to visit them all. We look forward to announcing the winners in November at the awards ceremony.”

Brian Horton, Chairman of the Judges and residential property expert, said: “The shortlisting was challenging and I’m sure deciding on the category winners will be even harder.”

Alex Hicken of DHA, sponsors of the overall Project of the Year award, added: “It is great to see the quality of design that’s delivering new buildings, conserving our past and delivering new infrastructure that is helping to shape communities across Kent.”

DHA, Kent County Council and Maxim are joined in delivering the awards by category sponsors including law firm Cripps; CTP Consulting Engineers; Kent Construction Focus Group; the Kent Environment Strategy; the Rochester Bridge Trust and Sibley Pares. Further support is provided by Quinn Estates, Gallagher, and Penenden Heath Developments.

The shortlisted entries:

12A Dalby Square, Cliftonville
Ashford College, Ashford
Avenue Tennis, Gillingham
Bakers Farmhouse, Goudhurst
Blackman House, Canterbury
Bradbourne Multi Decked Car Park, Sevenoaks
Caring Wood, Maidstone
Ceres Court, Sittingbourne
Cherry Orchard Primary Academy & Castle Hill Community Centre, Ebbsfleet
Coney Shaw Farm, Sevenoaks
Connect 38, Ashford
Cowshed and Lambshed, Lenham Heath
Farrow Court Phase II, Ashford
Fisherman’s Beach, Hythe
Folkestone Harbour, Folkestone
Gravesend Borough Market, Gravesend
Hundred of Hoo Primary School, Rochester
Manor Barn, Canterbury
Military Road, Folkestone
Nepicar Park, Wrotham
New Sixth Form Centre, Cranbrook School, Cranbrook
Noakes Meadow, Ashford
One Warwick Park Hotel, Tunbridge Wells
Palamon Court, Canterbury
Parklands at Azure, Chatham
Royal British Legion Accommodation, Aylesford
Sibson Building, University of Kent, Canterbury
Simpsons Wine Estate, Canterbury
St Edmond’s School, Canterbury
The Bread Factory, Ramsgate
The Cottage, Stelling Minnis
The Terrace, Canterbury
The Wine Sanctuary, Chapel Down