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Partnerships: York Design Awards


York College construction skills training centre (2016)

Askham Bryan college animal care centre (2016)

York Design Awards

East front turret of York minster (2011) winner of the Lord Mayor's Award

54 & 69 Temple Avenue (2011) winner of New Build-Residential Award
The York Design Awards celebrate the heritage of fine buildings in the city of York and encourage a high standard of design. These prestigious Awards are open to developments within the City of York boundary which were completed during the previous two years. The Trust is represented in the judging of the Awards.  This link takes you to the Awards website. 
Awards are won for quality of design and craftmanship, for sustainability, and for response to surroundings, including heritage and open space.

The 2017 Award winners, announced on 26 June: 

Residential, small: Alpha Cottage, Heworth
Residential, large: Derwenthorpe, Phase Two
             and: The Chocolate Works (new build) Phase One (which also won the Lord Mayor's Award)
Commercial, small: The Rattle Owl, Micklegate
Commercial/Community, large: Little Knavesmire Sports Pavilion
             and: York Theatre Royal (which also won the York Press People's Award)
John Shannon Award for Conservation/Restoration: Bishopsbarn, St George's Place
Special Award for Public Domain improvements: York Civic Trust.
The Trust had entered: All Saints Pavement churchyard; the Rigg Monument; the John Snow Memorial; the restored School Gates, all from our City Enhancement Programme this year.


The 2016 Awards involved renowned designer and critic Stephen Bayley. These awards were given:

Residential, small: Shadow House, Fishergate; and Badger Wood Walk
Residential, large: Student Castle, off Walmgate
Commercial, small:
St Leonard's Place/Bootham Bar new cafe and public loo; and Your Bike Shed Cycle cafe and repair workshop
Commercial, large: the Hiscox Insurance HQ building, Peaseholme Green
Public and Community:  York Art Gallery redevelopment, Exhibition Square (also won the Lord Mayor's Award)
Open Space: King's Square
John Shannon Award for Conservation/Restoration: Walmgate Bar
The Press People's Award: Hotel Indigo

There are three broad categories: New Build, Conservation/Reuse, and Open Space. Spaces between and around buildings are very important to the city and the Awards Scheme hopes to encourage more projects in the private or public realm, whether it be landscaping or revitalisation of an open space.


General Information
Initiated in 2007, the Awards are organised by a steering committee whose members include: City of York Council, English Heritage, York Guild of Building, York Civic Trust, York Archaeological Trust, York Consortium for Conservation and Craftsmanship (www.conservationyork.org.uk).  It is not a competition as such: buildings and conservation projects are too varied, particularly in scale. The judgement is whether a scheme reaches a particularly high standard and there can be more than one Award in any category.   The aim is to promote excellence in design and conservation, striving for the highest standards which will delight present and future generations.