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Competition to find outstanding building design in Charnwood

  • Design Awards 2019

The search is on for high-quality building design as Charnwood Borough Council launches the Charnwood Design Awards 2019.

The awards recognise the excellent work of building owners, agents and contractors on a wide range of developments and conservation projects in the Borough. 

The Charnwood Design Awards encourage and recognise high standards of design in the built environment and demonstrate how the Council’s vision for high-quality design, as set out in the Core Strategy which guides development in Charnwood, is being met.

There are five categories and projects must have been completed after July 1, 2017. The categories are:

•         New buildings

•         Conservation

•         Landscape

•         Sustainable construction

•         Positive contribution to achieving good design

The final category is for projects which have positively contributed to achieving good design but cannot be considered in the other four categories.

An overall winner of the Charnwood Design Awards 2019 will be selected from the category winners, which is considered represents the very best in design quality in Charnwood.

Cllr Eric Vardy, lead member for planning and sustainability, said: “We are all users of buildings and the landscapes that surround them, so high quality design should be the aim of everyone involved in the development process and should always be encouraged, not just when an area is already highly valued.”

“High quality design doesn’t always cost more, particularly over the lifetime of a development. A small amount of additional time, care and thought can create buildings and spaces that are sustainable and valued and, most importantly, can be enjoyed by communities.”

The deadline for entries is September 24, 2019 and you can enter by visiting

The awards were last held in 2017 when the winners included new classroom facilities and extensive remodelling to Fairfield Preparatory School in Loughborough, the Baxter Gate Cinema complex in Loughborough and the restoration of Roecliffe Hall in Woodhouse Eaves.

For more information, please contact the Council’s Conservation and Landscape Team on 01509 634971 or email