The 2018 York Design Awards are now open for entries. The deadline is 21st March 2018.


Apply for the 2018 York Design Awards here

The awards are free to enter and there are eight categories to choose from. Apply today.
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The aim of the York Design Awards is to encourage and promote excellence in design and conservation, striving for the highest standards which will delight present and future generations.

Main Sponsors


Hiscox is an international specialist insurer, underwriting a diverse range of personal and commercial insurance risks, which is currently building its new customer service centre on Hungate in the heart of York. This new base away from its current South East operations will enable Hiscox to fulfil its growth plans and represents a significant investment for the company, creating up to 500 professional jobs for the city.

The new Hiscox building has been completely inspired by the rich history of the site and its existing surroundings. It is located on the site of the former 19th Century Wool Market and the site’s artisan and textile past is absolutely reflected in the design. The building’s glass and stone structure incorporates an elegant weave pattern, making reference to one of the city’s founding industries and taking inspiration from the City Walls.

The company, which provides specialist insurance cover for 47,000 homes and 130,000 businesses in the UK, chose York for its new location because of its combination of excellent infrastructure, well-educated workforce and quality of life. Find out more here.

Supporting Sponsors


York Science Park


The Press


Explore York

Explore York Libraries and Archives is a mutual benefit society with charitable status. The company, more commonly known as Explore, is made up of the libraries and archives services which were previously part of City of York Council. It is owned by its community members and staff, and is managed by a Chief Executive and representative Board.


York Civic Trust

York Civic Trust is a membership organisation, open to all who wish to protect and enhance York’s architectural and cultural heritage, to champion good design and to advance the high place which York holds amongst the cities of the world. The Trust values its independence, but seeks to work collaboratively with the City of York Council and other organisations. Find out more here.


York Conservation Trust

The York Conservation Trust is a trust that buys and restores significant historical buildings in York, and in many cases finding a new use for them.

It was originally an initiative of former Lord Mayor John Bowes Morrell, who started acquiring old buildings when he bought Sir Thomas Herbert’s old house on Pavement in 1943. Together with his brother, Cuthbert, Morrell set up the Ings Property Company, a not-for-profit exercise in practical conservation. In 1976 this company was given charitable status and evolved into York Conservation Trust. Find out more here.


O’Neill Associates

York based O’Neill Associates has been providing specialist advice on a wide range of planning, development and infrastructure issues for over thirty years.

With its team of experienced planners, the company has extensive knowledge of the planning system, both in terms of submitting and processing planning applications and making plans and strategies. The practice has a strong track record of achieving positive outcomes on a wide range of small and large scale development proposals. Find out more here.


York Guild of Building

The York Guild of Building was founded in 1954 to encourage communication between the many different sections of the construction industry and professional organisations within the city, and represents all the skills which have connections with the construction and maintenance of buildings as indicated in the Guild Logo.

The Guild’s lozenge shaped logo has strands which represent all the skills that go into modern construction, whilst the Guild’s Mace incorporates all the materials that are used today including plastics. Find out more here.


City of York Council

The City of York Council is a unitary local authority providing services to around 200,000 people in an area covering approximately 105 square miles. The council sets out its five priorities as “Create jobs and grow the economy; Get York moving; Build strong communities; Protect vulnerable people; Protect the environment”. A good quality designed environment is a key component to achieving many of these aims and the council fully supports the York Design Awards in promoting and celebrating these achievements. Find out more here.



Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Founded in 1946 with an initial focus on structural engineering, Arup first came to the world’s attention with the structural design of the Sydney Opera House, followed by work on the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Arup has since grown into a truly multidisciplinary organisation.

With 91 offices in 39 countries and over 11,000 staff, Arup have a truly global outlook, with a local focus. Arup have had a presence in York for over 5 years, with projects in York spanning over 30 years and have supported the York Design Awards since 2014.

Arup put sustainability at the heart of its work, which is one of the ways in which Arup exerts a positive influence on the wider world. Put simply, Arup people are driven to find a better way. Find out more here.


Shepherd Group

Shepherd Group is one of the leading family-owned private businesses in the UK. It was founded in 1890 in York and its head offices remain in the City. The Group’s operations in national and international markets include substantial companies in construction and engineering, manufacturing and property development.

The companies which form Shepherd Group have developed to operate on a major scale, employing around 3,200 people and with an annual turnover exceeding £650 million. Success, during over a century of business, has been characterised by high professional standards and innovative, multi-disciplinary solutions to market demands. Find out more here.


Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors LLP

Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors is a team of experts in North Yorkshire providing specialist legal advice to Private and Business Clients. Its legal services include those within the property, planning and commercial arena. With commitment to providing the highest levels of care to all its clients, Crombie Wilkinson holds a number of awards including Management Standard Awards from Lexcel (the Law Society Practice Management Standard Scheme), Investors in People, and the Legal Services Quality Mark in Family. Find out more here.



Established in York more than 25 years ago, Fulprint is an independent printing company with a wealth of printing knowledge and experience. A supporter of the York Design Awards in its early years and becoming a sponsor in 2014, Fulprint plays an active role in the community and it has implemented a number of initiatives to minimise the environmental impact of its operations. This includes powering its business with the help of 50 solar panels and sending most of its local deliveries by bike.

Fulprint offers a vast array of print options with an expert team skilled to guide clients through the whole process from enquiry, through design and production to delivery. Find out more here.


Bedern Hall Foundation

Dating from the 14th century, Bedern Hall is a beautifully restored hall situated in the heart of York which is equipped to provide modern facilities for meetings, seminars and smaller conferences – as well as being licensed for wedding ceremonies. Originally part of the College of the Vicars Choral, the Hall has historic links with York Minster and found its current lease of life following an extensive refurbishment programme in 1979.

Today Bedern Hall represents a fine example of a rectangular medieval hall. In 1983 its historical significance was recognised when it became a Grade II* listed building. It is home to three of the York Guilds and operated by the Bedern Hall Company which ensures that the hall is preserved for the benefit of generations to come. Find out more here.


The Partners Group

Based on The Mount in York, The Partners Group is a PR and marketing communications consultancy working extensively in the building, construction, architectural and events sectors. The company’s experienced team of eight practitioners works with clients locally and across the UK to deliver strategic and creative communications programmes which effectively maintain the reputation and profile of their organisations.

It has supported the York Design Awards since 2010 and maintains strong links with the city’s development community working with a number of the key local developers, plus architects, consultants and associated property and building firms. Find out more here.


United by Design

United by Design (UBD) is an independent creative agency based in York, specialising in brand and communications design. With an excellent track record for creating and nurturing brands, UBD works with individuals and organisations across a range of sectors in the UK and overseas including architecture, building and development.

The company’s broad local client base reflects its strong connections with the city’s business community. MD Owen Turner, along with his team, maintain an active role in initiatives that work towards making York an even more prosperous city, including board representation on York Professionals. Find out more here.


Virgin Trains East Coast

Virgin Trains East Coast operates the InterCity East Coast franchise on the East Coast Main Line between York and London, the North East and Scotland. The company will be revamping the route with a plan to invest more than £140 million to deliver an improved service designed around the customer. Over the next few years, it its set to deliver new trains and technology; faster and more frequent journeys; station enhancements; improved customer support; and much more. Find out more here.


The Grand Hotel & Spa, York

York’s ‘five star hotel’, the Grand is a unique hotel with a rich, 100-year history giving it an atmosphere quite unlike anywhere else: luxurious yet cosy, refined yet welcoming. The Grand experience is unforgettable. From the sumptuous suites, to the award-winning restaurant, to the opulent Spa at The Grand – each detail is designed to delight. The building dates back to 1906, created as a ‘palace of business’ for one of the most powerful railway companies in Edwardian England. It proudly retains this heritage today as York’s finest hotel and meetings and conference venue. Find out more here.


George F White

George F. White provides land, property and business consultancy services on a regional basis from Southern Scotland down to North Lincolnshire. Established for over 37 years, the roots of the business are firmly planted in the agricultural and rural sector. The company has a team of over 120 and growing!

George F. White provides innovative solutions for its clients. Using its breadth and depth of knowledge it provides clarity, direction and support to help people achieve the best outcome. From valuations and farm business consultancy to estate and property management, advice on compensation and compulsory purchase matters and investment project delivery, the George F. White team is dedicated to getting the right results.

This includes its architectural team. Its RIBA Chartered architectural team offers a full spectrum of architectural services from design concepts to construction – including preparation and brief, concept design, developed design and technical design. Find out more here


Ravage Productions

Ravage Productions provides commercial photography to businesses of all sizes and is owned and operated by Duncan Lomax. Duncan has photographed at some previous YDA launches, and also regularly photographs for RIBA Yorkshire and the RTPI. Being Official Photographer at York Minster means he is used to impressive buildings, but Duncan has also worked for architects, developers and planners, and recent work includes photographing two of last year’s YDA winners, and documenting the transformation of York’s most prestigious address – St Leonard’s Place. He’s keen to work with developers, planners, builders and architects, and will be photographing the YDA launch and awards. Find out more here

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