Buckinghamshire Design Awards 2022: Nominate your favourite new building or open space

Closes 18 Sep 2022

Opened 1 Jul 2022

Overview

Buckinghamshire Council logo

We want your nominations for the best examples of good design in Buckinghamshire from the last three years.

Buckinghamshire residents deserve great places to live and work as well as a healthy environment everyone can enjoy. Good design can help deliver this.

The Buckinghamshire Design Awards celebrate the best examples of good design in the county. They aim to raise the standards for future built development and land management in Buckinghamshire.

Any new development in Buckinghamshire that has been built / converted / restored in the last three years can be nominated for an award. It must be something that has been completed.

Anyone can nominate a new development for an award and you can nominate more than one example of good design. We just need to know:

  • where it is,
  • what it is, and 
  • why you like it

For more information about how the awards work, please see the Buckinghamshire Design Awards website.

What do we mean by “good design”

Good design means that something is fit for purpose, durable and brings delight.

Well-designed places successfully integrate buildings, landscapes, and infrastructure to serve a wide range of uses, activities and people.

These places may endure and evolve over time. Their 'delight' is not just visual but may also sound, smell and feel great.

Sustainability also lies at the heart of good design. Building great places to live and work means including nature too.

Award categories

The award categories for the Design Awards 2022 are:

  • Public spaces
  • Historic Places
  • Unique buildings
  • New communities
  • Travel and transport
  • Climate change and nature

If the type of project you are nominating or submitting is not listed here, choose one or more categories that seem the best fit.

Awards will be made on merit and may not be awarded in every category. This will be decided by an independent judging panel.

To help with your nomination, we’ve included some examples of the types of projects for each category:

More Information

  • Public spaces
    • Attractive town centres
    • Beautiful public parks and communal gardens
    • Great spaces for play and leisure
  • Historic Places
    • New life for old buildings;
    • Restored historic parks and gardens
    • Creative heritage tourism
  • Unique buildings
    • Funky architecture
    • Excellent design for disabilities
    • Clever conversions and retrofitting
  • New communities
    • Welcoming social and cultural spaces
    • Great places to live
    • Wonderful workplaces
  • Travel and transport
    • Great cycling and walking facilities
    • Beautiful streets
    • Attractive bus / rail stations and routes
  • Climate change and nature
    • Making space for nature / wild places
    • Low energy / water use
    • Using reclaimed / recycled materials

People’s Choice Award

In addition to the formal judging, you will be able to vote for a People’s Choice award.

In November 2022, we will present a shortlist of nominations for you to vote on your favourite new building or open space.

The People's Choice Award 2020 was won by Great Kimble Church of England School and Pheasants in Hambleden.

How to nominate your favourite place

You can nominate a new building or open space in one of the following ways:

If possible, please also send us photographs of your nomination.

If you have any questions about this form, please email us at designawards@buckinghamshire.gov.uk.

Please submit your nomination(s) by midnight on Sunday 18 September 2022.

What happens next

Once all the nominations have been received, we will invite the agent / developer / owner of a nominated development to make a formal submission.

We will then prepare a shortlist that will be reviewed by an independent judging panel.

You’ll get to view the shortlist and vote for the People’s Choice Award between November 2022 and February 2023.

The awards, including the People’s Choice award, will be announced and presented on Thursday 2 March 2023.

Privacy

We will use the information you provide here only for this activity. We will store the information securely in line with data protection laws and will not share or publish any personal details. For more information about data and privacy, please see our Privacy Policy.

If you have questions about data and privacy, please email us on dataprotection@buckinghamshire.gov.uk. Or write to our Data Protection Officer at Buckinghamshire Council, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF.

Nominate your favourite place

Interests

  • Environment
  • Planning
  • Housing
  • Parks and open spaces