Shortlist unveiled for development awards
The finalists in the 2014 Kent Design and Development Awards have now been revealed.
Eighteen projects from across the county have been shortlisted in the awards, which celebrate design and construction excellence and take place every two years.
Four projects have been shortlisted twice: Three Hills Sports Park in Folkestone (Public Buildings – Community, and Environmental Performance), The Skinners’ Kent Academy in Tunbridge Wells (Public Buildings – Education, and Environmental Performance), Goat Lees Primary School (Public Buildings, Education and Environmental Performance) and Cyclopark in Gravesend (Civils and Infrastructure and Public Buildings – Community).
The remaining 14 finalists are: Ambleside, Faversham; Armstrong Road, Maidstone; Centre for Environmental Technologies, Broadstairs; Farningham House Cottage; Forge Fields, Bethersden; Hadlow Tower; Hermitage Court Units G&H, Maidstone; Horsted Park, Chatham; Kent Institute of Medicine and Surgery, Maidstone; Maidstone High Street;
Medway Crematorium; Pobble House, Romney Marsh; Sandwich Town Tidal Defences; and St Michael’s School, Otford.
Alex Hicken of DHA Planning, sponsors of the overall Project of the Year award, commented: “The shortlist demonstrates that Kent is home to a wide range of innovative projects. Once again this shows how good quality design is being adopted by the county’s developers and having a positive impact on communities.”
Jointly organised and sponsored by DHA Planning, Kent County Council, and PR and marketing agency Maxim, the awards showcase the many excellent construction projects taking place around the county.
Mark Dance, Cabinet Member for Economic Development at Kent County Council, said: “Economic improvements, combined with a positive outlook for the county’s property industry, mean there is a lot to celebrate in Kent and we look forward to honouring the winners in November.”
The categories to be decided include Civils and Infrastructure; Commercial, Industrial and Retail; Environmental Performance; Public Building – Commercial and Education; and Residential – Minor and Major. The winners of the five categories will go forward to compete for the Project of the Year trophy.
DHA Planning, Kent County Council and Maxim are joined in delivering the awards 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.
Judges’ site visits are currently under way, with the winners to be announced at an awards ceremony on 6th November. See www.kentdesigndevelopmentawards.co.uk for further information and the full shortlist.