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Winners Announced in 2016 York Design Awards

23 June 2016
Eleven buildings and open space developments in York last night saw their dedication to good design officially recognised as they picked up awards in the 2016 York Design Awards.
In a special invitation-only ceremony held at the University of York’s Ron Cooke Hub, itself a previous York Design Award winner, projects from across the city ranging from a small contemporary home extension to several of the city’s most high profile new buildings scooped awards. Developments in the seven main categories were considered by the independent panel of York Design Awards judges, with the Chair Julian Bicknell delivering the panel’s feedback on all 29 entries.
York Art Gallery was the big winner on the night, picking up an award in the Public and Community Large category plus the special Lord Mayor’s Award. City of York Council’s projects to redevelop Kings Square and Walmgate Bar also received awards in the categories for Open Space and Conservation and/or Renovation respectively.
Two of the newest large building developments in the city centre triumphed too, with striking new Hiscox Building on Peaseholme Green winning an award in the Commercial Large category and Student Castle on Walmgate picking up a Residential Large award
A variety of smaller projects were also recognised. In the Residential Small category, the owners and developers behind two unique private home extensions – the Shadow House on Fishergate and a property on Badger Wood Walk – received awards. Additionally, two unusual developments in the Commercial, Public and Community category particularly impressed the judges – awards were given for the new public conveniences and café on St Leonard’s Place and Your Bike Shed Cycle Café & Repair Workshop, both singled out for their ‘surprise factor’.
Completing the main award categories, the City Of York Council’s new Le Tour Way housing development received an award in the Residential Large category. The judges praised the architect and developer for delivering new homes for the city which far exceed the standards usually seen in a development of this kind.
The final award of the evening was The Press People’s Award, the only award voted for by the general public and readers of the York Press.  The newspapers assistant editor Stuart Martel presented this award to the developer of Hotel Indigo, a stylish new hotel on Walmgate.
Commenting on the 2016 awards, Chair of the York Design Awards, Janet Hopton, said: “On behalf of the organising committee, I would like to thank the judges, our sponsors and everyone who entered, with congratulations to the winners. Once again the variety of entries was extremely impressive and superb in quality – the judges did a fantastic job in arriving at their decision considering that all entries demonstrated a commitment to ‘good design’.”

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