Buckinghamshire Council Design Awards 2020

Celebrating outstanding design in Buckinghamshire

“The Buckinghamshire Design Awards are a very important part of the new council's ambition to promote and encourage design excellence and I am delighted that in our inaugural year that we have been able to celebrate a wide range of great design across the county”.

Councillor Warren Whyte, Cabinet Member for Planning and Enforcement

The Buckinghamshire Design Awards aims to showcase good quality design across the county and set expectations for the council’s Planning & Environment Service.

This year, Buckinghamshire Council officers nominated 30 recently completed development projects which they felt demonstrated significant contribution to the local environment. Schemes could be individual buildings through to larger developments and new streets, or public or communal open spaces such as parks, recreational spaces and wildlife habitats.

Commended Schemes

The nominated schemes were reviewed by our expert panel of five judges in November 2020 and the following 15 schemes received commendations in five categories. Ten of these schemes were also shortlisted for the People’s Choice Award.

The Judges: Councillor Warren Whyte (Cabinet Member for Planning and Enforcement), Councillor Patrick Hogan (Cabinet Member for Culture), Steve Bambrick (Service Director for Planning and Environment), Stefan Kruczkowski (Urban Design Consultant) and Laura Levitt (Principal Heritage Specialist).

The following schemes were commended in these categories:

The People’s Choice Award

Ten of the commended schemes were also shortlisted for the People’s Choice Award, which was divided into two categories – private/residential schemes and public/landscape schemes. These awards give the public the chance to have their say on the best schemes across the county.

Following a public vote, Great Kimble Church of England School and Pheasants, Hambleden were announced as the People’s Choice Award winners for 2020.

Private/residential schemes

14 The Square: A modern two storey house in Long Crendon

14 The Square, Long Crendon

Pheasants: a very modern L-shaped house complete with a pond in Hambleden

Pheasants, Hambleden - People’s Choice Award Winner, Private/Residential Scheme

Samarkand: a blend of modern and traditional architecture with a barn conversion and large gravel driveway in Great Missenden

Samarkand, Great Missenden

Woodland View Housing Development in Saunderton

Woodland View, Saunderton

Wye Dene: Modern Housing development in High Wycombe

Wye Dene, High Wycombe

Public/landscape schemes

Bierton Crematorium front entrance

Bierton Crematorium

Great Kimble Church of England School: a medium sized building with pattern brickwork and exterior lighting

Great Kimble Church of England School - People’s Choice Award Winner, Public/Landscape Scheme

Green Ridge Primary Academy playground: small grass islands surrounded by tarmac and wooden fencing

Green Ridge Primary Academy, Aylesbury

St Michael’s Catholic School: a white rendered building with grey details and a washed blue outbuilding

St Michael’s Catholic School, Aylesbury

Wendover Woods Cafe: primarily glass building with wooden details and a flat-top roof

Wendover Woods Café

“Britain has been a melting pot of many architectural styles and influences. Latterly the municipal approach to the fore in the 20th c created a stark futuristic utilitarian environment, crude and unwelcoming. These awards seek to present examples across Buckinghamshire which celebrate and recognise a resurgence of public and private design respectful of the users, neighbours, their environment and local characteristics. These awards are an opportunity to regain pleasure in our environment and I am pleased to be able to join with the other judges in putting forward examples for a public vote”.

Councillor Patrick Hogan, Cabinet Member for Culture

Congratulations to everyone involved in the design and execution of the winning projects for achieving a significant contribution to the local environment.

Buckinghamshire Council Design Awards 2022

The next Buckinghamshire Council Design Awards will be held in 2022. Information about the Buckinghamshire Design Awards 2022, including details of how to nominate a local scheme for the awards, will be available in Spring 2022.

If you have any questions about the awards, please contact [email protected].