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Guildford Design Awards 2017

Have you worked on a recent new build, renovation, restoration or conversion project that is worthy of a design award? If so, why not enter the Guildford Design Awards 2017!

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We are inviting entries to the Guildford Design Awards 2017. Please use our online application form to submit your entry.

Who can enter?

A range of projects are eligible and the awards are open to: architects, designers, home owners, developers, contractors, schools, voluntary associations and individuals.

Set up in 1987, the Guildford Design Awards are held every two years, celebrating well designed, innovative architectural and environmental projects that contribute to the quality and sustainability of our surroundings.

The aim of the scheme is to promote exciting and innovative design, thereby encouraging and stimulating quality development in the future.

The search has begun for the best new designed buildings and spaces within our borough. Great design is all around us in buildings, parks, streetscape, public art, landscape, conservation and village greens.

Whether your project is a new build, or a renovation, we want to hear from you.


Projects must be completed between June 2015 and Friday 9 June 2017 and be within the Guildford borough. Large residential schemes that are entered are required to have a phase of the project completed by the closing date.

There are no entry categories and each project will be judged on its individual merits, so the size and/or budget of a scheme does not matter. We will consider:

  • new buildings - residential, commercial, community, educational, health, infrastructure or industrial

  • alterations to existing buildings - including extensions, refurbishment, repairs, conversions or restoration of a building that has been brought back to life

  • public and private open spaces - including parks, gardens, pedestrian or play/recreational areas that are of great design and that contribute to the character of the surrounding area

To see the types of scheme suitable for consideration, take a look at our icon winners from 2015 [7.02Mb] .

How to enter 

The awards are free to enter and a nomination can be made by anyone who feels that a particular project is worthy of recognition.

The entry must be submitted by the owner or a member of the design team and be received by Friday 9 June 2017. 

The permission of the owner/occupier must be obtained before the entry is submitted.

Further information

For more information, please call 01483 444548 or email (for enquires only, not entries) managementsupport@guildford.gov.uk.


Please submit the following information to support your entry otherwise your entry cannot be accepted. You may be contacted for further information if required.

  • before and after photographs
  • location and site plans

  • a detailed description of your project, including an explanation of why you consider your scheme to be outstanding, highlighting any special features, for example: the brief, design approach, implementation, budget constraints and why you think your scheme merits an award.

What happens next?

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held in the autumn where they will be presented with a certificate. A duplicate certificate can be provided.

Rules and conditions

Please read the rules and conditions and entry criteria before submitting your entry. The deadline for entries is Friday 9 June 2017.

  • The Council will take no responsibility for loss or damage to material submitted as part of an entry.

  • There is no limit to the number of applications submitted by an individual or organisation to the awards.

  • The Council reserves the right to exhibit part or the whole of each entry. No fee will be paid for exhibiting. All entries are non returnable.

  • All entry material, including photographs, must be declared free of copyright or other restrictions in connection with reproduction in the media, including the Council's website and social media.

  • Winners may be required to take part in media publicity and this is a condition of entry.

  • Entry to the awards is free.

  • The entries must relate to schemes completed from June 2015 to June 2017. Large residential schemes that are entered are required to have a phase of the project completed by the closing date.

  • In the case of occupied properties, the permission of the owner/occupier must be obtained before the entry is submitted.

  • The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. There can be no appeal against the decision of the organisers or of any of the judges. All decisions in respect of the judging must be accepted as final in respect of all matters including the interpretation of the rules and conditions.

  • Guildford Borough Council reserves the right to carry out an initial assessment to shortlist entries prior to arranging site visits with the judges.

  • Guildford Borough Council reserves the right to nominate and enter appropriate schemes for consideration for an award, in addition to those submitted.