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Guildford Design Awards 2023

Sustainable building

The Search Is On To Find The Best Buildings In The Borough. From grand designs to granny flats, high street cafes to office hubs, The Guildford Design Awards 2023 are now open.

The Guildford Design Awards (GDA) are organised by Guildford Society and Guildford Borough Council. They recognise and reward excellence in architecture, urban design, planning and public art across the borough.

Leader of the Council Cllr Julia McShane said:
"This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate some of the excellent design projects in Guildford borough. I look forward to learning more about them as the awards progress."

Strategic Director of Place, Guildford and Waverley, Dawn Hudd said:

"We are delighted to be supporting The Guildford Design Awards again this year. It's always exciting to see the high-quality designs and projects that the awards uncover. It is important to appreciate the thought that goes into the continued improvement, sustainability, and conservation of architecture in our borough.  These awards are an excellent way to do that."

Chair of the judges, Peter Coleman, said:

"Guildford Design Awards acknowledge and reward sponsors, designers and builders whose skill and endeavour make projects which conserve, regenerate and add new buildings and spaces to the Borough's rich heritage and Guildford's unique setting. The Awards are important to encourage good design and ensure the ongoing legacy of Guildford's character."

There are nine award categories:

  • New Commercial Building
  • New Public Building
  • New Build - Individual House
  • New Build - Multiple Housing - smaller projects up to 30 homes
  • New Build - Multiple Housing - larger projects 30 homes and over
  • Conservation Project
  • Regeneration Project including those involving an extension to an existing building
  • Public Realm including soft (landscape) and/or hard works
  • Public Art

Submitting a nomination for a project

Projects must have been completed between June 2021 and June 2023 to be eligible.

Nominations can be made for a location anywhere in the borough of Guildford.

Check the borough boundaries

Projects should be submitted no later than Friday 26 May 2023.

Nominate a project or make a submission

For further information please contact: Peter Coleman at:


Published on: 21 March 2023