Guernsey public invited to vote for favourite architectural design

March 7th, 2012 by Guernsey Design Awards 2012

The Guernsey Design Awards are asking the public to choose their favourite project from the entries for the 2012 ‘People’s Choice’ Award.

Nearly 50 local projects were nominated and these have been whittled down by a panel of judges to just 12 shortlisted entries.

The Awards recognise outstanding design in local architecture and highlight excellent work in Guernsey’s built environment.

Developed by the Environment Department and The Guernsey Society of Architects (Guernsey Chartered architect), the awards have been relaunched for 2012 with the support of main sponsor, Norman Piette.

Mitch Sneddon from The Guernsey Design Awards and one of the judges said “all of the entries are fantastic examples of how good design can enhance the environments in which we work, live and relax. We really hope people will vote to show appreciation of which project they feel is the best of a very diverse and interesting shortlist.”

There are three main awards: the Overall Winner, as voted for by the panel of judges, the Norman Piette Contractor of the Year award, to recognise the craftsmanship of construction and for the first time, the ‘People’s Choice’ award, where the Guernsey community can decide on their favourite project.

The shortlist is very varied featuring everything from a sports pavilion, to farmhouses, to the Town church, but all of the entries are outstanding examples of their type.

Nicola Gough, co-ordinator for the awards said “we understand it’s difficult to compare a sports pavilion to a farmhouse or a modern family home to the Town church so we’re hoping the public will bear in mind the same criteria as the judges have and consider the overall quality of design, use of materials, relationship to setting, sustainability and how well the project meets the brief.”

Entries are now on display at the Guernsey Airport terminal and the Guille-Allés Library and the public can fill in voting forms there or vote on the Guernsey Design Awards 2012 website.

Voting closes on 2 April 2012 and the overall winners and commendations will be revealed at an awards ceremony on the 11 May 2012.


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