The recognition of design and development excellence across the county is to be set in stone in the form of hand-carved Kentish Ragstone trophies.
Winners of Kent Design & Development Awards will receive the bespoke awards at a ceremony this autumn, after Maidstone-based Gallagher Group agreed to sponsor the production of the trophies.
Sculpted by Jason Mulligan, the material for the trophies is being provided by Gallagher Group from its Hermitage Quarry. A member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, Jason works from the appropriately named Quarry Farm in Nettlestead, near Maidstone.
Jason, who is influenced by landscapes, histories and environments, is looking forward to creating these unique trophies. He said: “I carve abstract geometries influenced by nature’s essential structures and look forward to creating these bespoke trophies from such an important local material.”
Hermitage Quarry is the last site offering high quality Kentish Ragstone, and this will be the second time Gallagher Group has provided the materials for the trophies.
Pat Gallagher, Chairman of Gallagher Group, said: “The Kent Design & Development Awards are a great way to celebrate the variety and talent behind the many construction projects around the county. We are therefore pleased to be able to help create the awards from a material that is synonymous with Kent.”
The trophies will be presented to individual category winners for Civils and Infrastructure; Commercial, Industrial and Retail; Environmental Performance; Public Buildings – Education and Community; and Residential – Major and Minor; with a special trophy for the development named Project of the Year.
Jointly organised and sponsored by DHA Planning, Kent County Council, and PR and marketing agency Maxim, Kent Design & Development Awards take place every two years and celebrate the design excellence of the county’s property and construction industry.
The deadline for entering the Kent Design & Development Awards 2014 via www.kentdesigndevelopmentawards.co.uk is 16 June 2014.
To find out more about Jason Mulligan see www.jasonmulligansculpture.com or for Gallagher Group see www.gallagher-group.co.uk.
The awards are also supported by CTP Consulting Engineers; Kent Construction Focus Group; Liberty Property Trust UK, developers of Kings Hill; and construction and cost management consultants The Woodley Coles LLP.