Choose your design

Fifteen building schemes have been commended as part of the first Buckinghamshire-wide Design Awards – but winners of the People’s Choice Award are yet to be decided.

There will be a private/residential winner and a public/landscape winner. Buckinghamshire Council is asking people to go to the Your Voice Bucks website to view 10 nominees and vote for their favourites by 12 February to select the winners.

The new Buckinghamshire Design Awards are helping to improve standards across the county and building on 26 years of previous awards schemes. 

Councillor Warren Whyte, Cabinet Member for Planning and Enforcement said: ‘The Buckinghamshire Design Awards are a very important part of the new council’s ambition to promote and encourage design excellence and I am delighted that in our inaugural year that we have been able to celebrate a wide range of great design across the county.’

This year, Buckinghamshire Council officers nominated 30 recently completed development projects which, they felt, demonstrated significant contribution to the local environment.

Schemes could be individual buildings through to larger developments and new streets, or public or communal open spaces such as parks, recreational spaces and wildlife habitats. 

The expert judges were Councillor Warren Whyte (Cabinet Member for Planning and Enforcement and architect), Councillor Patrick Hogan (Cabinet Member for Culture and architect), Steve Bambrick (Service Director for Planning and Environment), Stefan Kruczkowski (Urban Design Consultant) and Laura Levitt (Principal Heritage Specialist).

Fifteen were commended in five categories, of which 10 were put forward for the People’s Choice Award. The categories were: Environment and Sustainability, Conservation and Heritage, Innovative Architecture, Placemaking and Community, and Landscape and Open Space.

Councillor Patrick Hogan, Cabinet Member for Culture said: ‘These awards seek to present examples across Buckinghamshire which celebrate and recognise a resurgence of public and private design respectful of the users, neighbours, their environment and local characteristics.’

The following schemes were commended in these categories:

Environment and Sustainability

  • 14 The Square, Long Crendon *
  • Samarkand, Great Missenden *
  • Green Ridge Primary Academy, Aylesbury *
  • Eythrope Water Meadows

Conservation and Heritage

  • 14 The Square, Long Crendon *
  • Vine Tree House, Wendover

Innovative Architecture

  • High Gables, Long Crendon
  • Pheasants, Hambledon * (pictured)
  • Bierton Crematorium *
  • Desbox, High Wycombe
  • Wendover Woods Café *

Placemaking and Community

  • Great Kimble Church of England School *
  • Lucas Furniture Store, Aylesbury
  • St Michael’s Catholic School, Aylesbury *
  • Woodland View, Saunderton *
  • Wye Dene, High Wycombe *

Landscape and Open Space

  • Bierton Crematorium *
  • Wye Dene, High Wycombe

* People’s Choice nominee

For more information about the Buckinghamshire Design Awards 2020, why these schemes were commended and to view and vote for the People’s Choice Award, go to the Design Awards webpage.