Design awards: your say

Public nominations are now open for the annual Aylesbury Vale District Council Design Awards, which brings together designers, architects, builders and contractors to showcase their excellence.

Now in its 25th year, the AVDC Design Awards are designed to celebrate projects across the Vale which make an outstanding contribution to the design quality of the built environment – maintaining the special qualities and distinctiveness of the area.

People who have admired a high-quality building within Aylesbury Vale, whether this is a residential, commercial or community scheme or a special public space such as a new playpark, can make nominations by emailing [email protected] with a few details of why they’re doing so.

Nominations and entries are welcomed until 31st August, when the shortlist will be decided. Each of the shortlisted projects will then be judged by an expert panel against six key criteria: quality of design/construction, fitness for purpose, sustainability, accessibility, attractiveness and innovation. This year, AVDC will also be inviting the public to vote for the People’s Choice Award. Details of how to vote will be available once the shortlist has been finalised.

Councillor Carole Paternoster, Cabinet Member for Growth Strategy, said: ‘Over the years, we’ve seen a number of high-quality developments across Aylesbury Vale and these awards celebrate those projects which complement our environment and heritage and raise the standard of design across the Vale, while supporting sustainable growth in our area. We’re delighted to invite our residents to make their own nominations for these awards and, for the first time, to be able to vote for the People’s Choice Award.’

Last year, nine projects were shortlisted for the awards with The View in Dadford selected as the Winner for Outstanding Design and presented with the Design Award Plaque. During the awards ceremony, the development was described as ‘a scheme which truly delivers a contemporary take on the vernacular’.


More information on the design awards can be found on the AVDC website: