Design Awards 2017

Entries are now invited for the 2017 Design Awards

Entries are welcomed from any building or structure which demonstrates good design.

Examples are;

  • Individual new houses
  • New housing developments
  • Commercial buildings
  • Conversions
  • Extensions

Entries will be judged by a panel of design professionals and AVDC members who will consider;

  • context, including local distinctiveness
  • quality of design and construction
  • fitness for purpose
  • sustainability
  • accessibility
  • attractiveness
  • innovation

To enter please fill in the entry form with an accompanying design report. We need to receive your entries by 31 May 2017

If you need any further details about the scheme please get in touch with or call 01296 585454.

Design Award winners in 2016

Westbury Village Hall

Winner of Design Award Plaque for a well designed project that enhances the village and engages with the whole community

  • Design - Hayward Smart Architects

  • Construction - Edgar Taylor (Buckingham) Ltd

  • Client - Westbury Parish Council

A new village hall which was built with the help of a variety of grants. The design is the result of close collaboration between the architect and villagers. It provides a new modern space for village activities and sports clubs, including the cricket club along with a community owned shop and café to give much needed facilities for the Westbury community.

Marsworth Wharf

Highly Commended as a development that transformed its canal side setting whilst keeping the character of the wharf

  • Design - Stride Treglown

  • Construction - H2O Urban

A canal side development built on the site of an historic wharf. The character of the original wharf has been retained by keeping historic structures; the original crane and the restored Carpenters Warehouse; together with public space close to the canal. The new homes reference traditional canal side structures and the local vernacular, but use modern materials to create a contemporary residential environment.

Manor Farm

Commended as a development that works well with its former farmyard context

  • Design - DP Architects

  • Construction - JFC Developments

Redevelopment of a former farmyard incorporating the renovation and conversion of four dilapidated barns and together with five new homes. The new buildings were designed to replicate the form and character of traditional barns arranged around a farmyard and the conversions were based on the existing forms of the old barns.

93 Midsummer

Commended as a good example of modern bespoke design

  • Design - Hinton Cook Architects

  • Construction - Resolution Property Group

A two storey house on a small sloping site, designed to provide a low energy affordable home. It has rainwater harvesting, an air source heat pump, solar thermal panels and a high level of insulation. The split level design makes use of the changes in site level, enhances its setting and creates a spacious and interesting interior.

Seven Gables Lodge

Commended for a design that represents a good quality modern interpretation of local vernacular style

  • Design - Urban Nature Architecture

  • Construction - Urban Nature Design

A modern family home, traditional in form with carefully considered detailing, designed to maximize the opportunities offered by its site. The simple materials used, oak, brick and render give an attractive and characterful building that is complete with seven gables.

6 Town Farm

Commended for a well formed artistic design that responds to its historic context

  • Design - David Bass

  • Construction - Bowerman Building Services

  • Clients - Mr & Mrs Bass

A modest modern extension that its references its design back to the grade II listed 17th century agricultural building it is attached to. The new space is well connected to the outside with a floor recess for internal greenery in front of irregular mullioned windows which frame the view of the garden. Bespoke built-in furniture combines display and storage makes good use of the internal space.

Waddesdon Manor Pavilion

Commended as an elegant and functional contemporary design

  • Design - Carmody Croarke

  • Construction - Stephen Russel construction

  • Client - The Rothschild Foundation

A new pavilion to offer welcome, orientation and transport connections to the growing number of visitors to Waddesdon Manor. It provides a landmark shelter in the park landscape under its large cantilevered steel canopy. White frosted glass and polycarbonate rooms below contain visitor facilities.

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