People's Choice Award 2019

People's Choice Award

The People’s Choice Award is back for its second year at the Design Awards!

Thank you to everyone who had their say. The voting is now closed.

Following a review of all the nominations received for the council Design Awards 2019, the following projects have been shortlisted:


 Primrose Cottage, Kingswood

  • Architect/designer: Lynn Palmer Architects Ltd
  • Builder/contractor: BGB Ltd
  • Client: Scott Glickman

This is an extension to a 17th century wytchert and thatch grade two listed building in the Buckinghamshire countryside. The concept was to mirror the curve of the trees and bring that into every element of the design. The brief was also for the extension to be fully wheelchair accessible and to ‘bring the outside in'.


 2 Heath Road, Great Brickhill

  • Architect/designer: Project design studio Ltd
  • Builder/contractor: Swiftstar Ltd
  • Client: Michael Dann

This is a single new dwelling that was built within the Great Brickhill Conservation Area. It is on a prominent site with frontages onto two roads with a drop in level of 4m between the two and addressing the change in levels was a key constraint in developing the site. The character of the area can be described as an eclectic mix of architectural styles and a contemporary style of building was chosen in a simple cubic form. The use of locally sourced and re-usable materials was important in the build.


 Canada Wood, Winslow

  • Architect/designer: Hinton Cook 
  • Builder/contractor: Self build
  • Client: Charlotte Gilbert

New dwelling which is surrounded by beautiful woodlands and farmland. 'The dwelling is divided by a central atrium with a gallery joining the two wings together, facing a mezzanine for a seating area to enjoy the views.


 Catte Street Green, Wingrave

  • Architect/designer: Alan J Frost
  • Builder/contractor: NK Building & Renovations Ltd
  • Client: John Alexander, Alan Frost and John Cotton

The brief for this project was to provide easy-to-run houses for three local elderly couples incorporating many design details to make them convenient and safe. The footprint of each house is similar and the floor areas are the same, but the interior planning varies greatly according to different family needs.


 Golden Mede, Waddesdon

  • Architect/designer: CF Moeller Architects
  • Builder/contractor: Zero C Holdings Ltd
  • Client: The Rothschild foundation 

The Golden Mede project is an integration of contemporary family housing into the historic context of Waddesdon Village. The project utilises a vocabulary of Arts and Craft references reimagined in a modern way. A central feature of the project is the emphasis on using landscape as a key place-making tool.


 The Exchange, Aylesbury

  • Architect/designer: Hunters / Bradley Murphy
  • Builder/contractor: Durkan Ltd
  • Client: Buckinghamshire Council (AVDC) / Durkan

The Exchange is a mixed-use development in a prime location in Aylesbury town centre, close to Market Square and adjacent to the historic Judges Lodgings and Courts complex. The simple brick building, with crisp, simple detailing, compliments the adjacent historic buildings rather than competes with their classic architecture. The public space is critical to the scheme’s success. The brief was to create a space using high quality materials which with a flexible and forward thinking design would enable the space to serve a range of purposes throughout the day and seasons and features a variety of seating options and public art.


 Vinson Building, Buckingham

  • Architect/designer: Panter Hudspith Architects
  • Builder/contractor: Beard Construction
  • Client: University of Buckingham

The Vinson Building is located within Buckingham Conservation Area and provides high quality, flexible teaching and events space within the heart of the historic campus and also consists of an 180-seat auditorium, Enterprise Hub, University Bookshop and Café. The external proportions of the building are inspired by Georgian design, with large timber sash windows at ground floor and smaller ones above. Internally, timber is a key theme, giving a sense of lightness and generosity of space and is incorporated in features such as built in window seats to encourage informal meetings and reading.