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Guildford Design Awards

Due to the current circumstances no decision has been taken on holding the Guildford Design Awards in 2021, further updates will added to this page.


Aim of the awards

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

Great design is all around us in buildings, parks, streetscape, public art, landscape, conservation and village greens.

A range of projects that have improved the architecture, heritage, conservation and sustainability of the borough were recognised at the Guildford Design Awards Ceremony on Tuesday 7 November 2017. Take a look at the winning entries.

The award winners and commended entries received a framed certificate at the ceremony, which was held in The Guildhall, Guildford.

Winners of the Guildford in Design Awards 2017

  • Beech Cottage, Guildford - renovation. Entered by the owners.

  • The Jenner Building, Pirbright Institute, Pirbright - new build. Entered by NBBJ.

Beech Cottage


Highly commended

  • Loseley Chapel, St Nicolas Church, Guildford - restoration. Entered by Daedalus Conservation.

  • 1 Kernel Court, Walnut Tree Close, Guildford - new build. Entered by AB Rogers Design.

Loseley chapel
Kernel Court small


  • Poltimore Road - extension and alterations. Entered by MVL Architects and surveyors.

  • Twiga Lodge, Gomshall - environmental sustainability. Entered by the owners.

  • School of Veterinary Medicine - new build. Entered by The University of Surrey.

  • Catherine's Walk, Guildford - new build. Entered by SCD Architects.

  • Skyridge, Peaslake - environmental sustainability. Entered by LEATHWAITE.

Poltimore Road
Twiga Lodge

Vet Building
St Catherine's Walk


Special mention

A special mention and certificate were given to:

  • The Bellerby Apartments, Guildford - new build. Entered by Metis Homes.

Bellerby Apartments


Judges' comments

Beech Cottage, Guildford

Winner for renovation

An outstanding renovation and extension which shows a mastery of its historical setting, its handling of the design language and its physical geography.

It nestles comfortably in its hill top setting with its exquisitely considered landscaping.

It is the combination of these factors, alongside the building quality and attention to the details which resonated strongly with the panel and it is rightly considered as the joint winner this year.

The Jenner Building, Pirbright Institute, Ash Road

Winner of New Build Commercial

Another outstanding building at Pirbright, which shows a consideration on many levels.

From the massive scale of the entrance portico, and the dominant rhythm of the fa├žade to the intimacy of the interior spaces.

There is an express relationship to nature throughout building from the direct connection in the offices' spaces with their outwards' views to the indirect ethereal quality in the laboratories with their illuminating light wells.

This is an outstanding building and deserved winner.

Loseley Chapel, St Nicolas Church, Bury Street

A delicate and carefully considered renovation and restoration project which is to be applauded for its subtlety. It is far too easy to over-complicate these types of projects.

It is Highly Commended for sensitive repairs in a historic context.

1 Kernel Court, Walnut Tree Close, Guildford

As playful as it is colourful. This showed a way forward in how students are afforded a wonderful space to have the privacy to study whilst simultaneously being encouraged to explore the joy of the social aspects of college life.

Highly Commended for its design ethos.

Poltimore Road

A delightful brick folly with its asymmetrical roof forms and corner chimney, which crash into the existing house, avoiding the mundane ubiquitous rectangular box.

The roof forms are mirrored inside to give a vaulted space and pleasurable corner window seat which gives glimpses of the lovely terraced garden beyond.

Commended for design aspirations.

Twiga Lodge

A Fabric First approach. Twiga Lodge is an accomplished project, combining innovative building techniques with sustainable energy technologies. 

Commended for its environmental sustainability.

School of Veterinary Medicine

From the vaulted atrium of Academic Building, to the state-of-the-art Pathology Centre, to the curved Clinical Skills centre, the university has achieved excellent facilities for vets to hone their craft. 

Skyridge, Peaslake

Commended for its commitment to integrating sustainable energy technologies seamlessly into the upside-down house which takes advantages of the elevated setting.

Commended for its environmental sustainability.

Catherine's Walk, Guildford

A design proposal which shows a good understanding of its setting and the arrangement of its forms. The architecture both echoed the immediacy of its surroundings and managed to innovate at the same time.

It is therefore applauded for its conceptual design intent.

The Bellerby Apartments, Guildford

Special mention was made for the apartments' striking external appearance and how they relates to the surrounding buildings.