York Design Awards 2020 will not go ahead due to the escalating uncertainty surrounding the impact of COVID-19. You can find out more about the cancellation here.
The Awards cover a wide range of categories including large and small residential development, commercial and public buildings, conservation and restoration projects and open spaces and are open to all projects completed in the last three years.


The 2019 York Design Awards winners can be seen here.


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2018 Winners

Previous Winners Archive 2013

1, Kirkwell, Bishopthorpe

2013 New Build: Residential Award

A small self-build family house that uses inventive design to fit into a difficult site.  This is an example of how an unusual modern design, a dedicated owner and innovative construction can be a good neighbour and create an attractive home.

Haskoll [London]

Tim Banks & Mellissa Gallimore

Presented by:
Martyn Harrison,
S Harrison Developments Ltd.

Derwenthorpe Phase 1, Osbaldwick

2013 New Build: Residential Award

A well-considered contemporary housing development that uses sustainable design to establish a sense of community. The layout, landscape and house design combine to give a wholly new place a character of its own.

Architect: Richards Partington Architects

Developer: Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust/ David Wilson Homes

Presented by: Neil Redfern,Development Management Team Manager, English Heritage

Nestlé Product Technology Centre, York

2013 New Build: Non-residential Award

A striking addition to existing facilities that not only provides a high quality creative working environment but also establishes a modern image for an important international research centre. A dynamic wrap-around external feature turns inwards to a welcoming reception and finally to a bright internal street that acts as a focus for users and visitors.

Architect: DLA Architecture
Client/Developer: Nestlé
Presented by: David Jennings, Chief Executive, York Archaeological Trust

St. Martin's Church Clock, Coney Street

2013 Existing Buildings: John Shannon Conservation Award

The repair of a unique historic clock that has restored both a major landmark on Coney Street and the striking function lost with bomb damage in the Second World War. Historic research, gilding and metalwork restoration and horology have come together to ensure this an important feature continues to be a feature in the streets of York.

Architect: Simon Sherriff LLP
Client/Developer: The PCC of St. Helen with St. Martin
Presented by: Dr. Peter Addyman, Chairman, York Civic Trust

Holgate Windmill

2013 Existing Buildings: John Shannon Conservation Award

A long community-based campaign to restore an important landmark windmill that has come to a successful conclusion. Dedicated enthusiasts have made a threatened structure into an educational resource and exhibition of local industrial archaeology.

Architect: PPIY Architects
Client/Developer: City of York Council and Holgate Windmill Preservation Trust
Presented by: Dr. Hentie Louw, York Design Awards Judge, Newcastle University

No. 69 Bootham

2013 Existing Buildings: Renovation/Reuse Award

The restoration of early nineteenth-century house from a later shop use that includes its later rear extensions to provide an open family kitchen while carefully recreating the original house interior. The unity of the terrace has been re-established and simple treatment of the narrow garden façade has minimised the impact of the old flat-roof extension.

Architect: Fining Associates
Client/Developer: Owner
Presented by: Alison Sinclair, Conservation Areas Advisory Panel

The Old Chapel, Fulford

2013 Existing Buildings: Renovation/Reuse Award

A redundant chapel turned into a light and airy workspace. By retaining surviving features and adding modern bright office interiors, the character of the chapel space has been retained while creating a functional office that expresses the ethos of its users.

Architect: Be Inspired Design
Client/Developer: Scarllettabott
Presented by: Kersten England, Chief Executive, City of York Council

West Offices and Canopy, Sation Rise

2013 Mixed Category Award

York’s first railway station, redundant soon after its construction in 1840, has been converted into the City of York headquarters. By inserting a free standing structure into the old concourse and building a new north-light roof, the original offices and hotel have been given appropriate new uses and the character of the station has been preserved.

Architect: Crease Strickland Parkins
Client/Developer: S Harrison & Buccleuch Property and City of York Council
Presented by: Rebecca Thompson, Master York Guild of Building

No. 2 Dalton Terrace

2013 Landscape/Open Space/Public Realm Award

An imaginative and carefully considered landscape design for the garden of a previous York Design Award winner.  A combination of varied planting, sculpture and a finely considered division of space make a small garden into a great experience.

Designer: Lizzie Tulip
Client/Developer: Owner
Presented by: Stefanie Stead, York Design Awards Judge

Acomb Green Play Area, Acomb

2013 Landscape/Open Space/Public Realm Award

A play area set into a sloping public green that uses inventive timber structures to make varied and adventurous facilities for local children. The community participated in turning an old fashioned playground into popular and attractive destination.

Designer: S. J. Danby Ltd.
Client/Developer: City of York Council and Friends of Acomb Green
Presented by: The Sheriff of York, Cllr. Brian Watson

West Offices & Canopy, Hampton by Hilton Hotel and Landscaped Courtyard, Station Rise & Toft Green

The Lord Mayor's Award 2013

The York Design Awards encourage and celebrate good design in the built environment in York. Generally, the applications are for individual projects but the over-all objective is the protection and enhancement of the city as a whole. It is, therefore, logical that when a series of different projects come together to create a place of a very high quality the combined effect should merit an award. In such cases, it is quite possible that one or more of the designs that contribute to the whole might not be of sufficient quality on its own to rise to the high standards of a one-off award. But this should not prevent it being recognised with the other designs that go to make up the whole. In many respects, urban design is the peak of the York Design Awards that set out to promote good designs that come together for the sake of the city.

Architect: Crease Strickland Parkins
Client/Developer: S Harrison & Buccleuch Property and City of York Council
Presented by: The Rt. Hon. the Lord Mayor of York Cllr. Julie Gunnell

De Grey Rooms

The Press People's Award for 2012

Architect: Richard Parkin
Client/Developer: York Conservation Trust
Presented by: Steve Hughes, Managing Editor, The Press

Derwenthorpe Phase 1, Osbaldwick

The Press People's Award for 2013

Architect: Richards Partington Architects
Client/Developer: Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust/ David Wilson Homes
Presented by: Steve Hughes, Managing Editor, The Press

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