The best of the district’s new building design and refurbishment was celebrated at the 2012 Lancaster District Design Awards, held recently at the Institute for the Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University.
The awards, presented by Prof Sir Christopher Frayling, went to 10 projects with Lancaster University picking up two awards for the Charles Carter and LICA buildings.
Other notable buildings receiving awards included the refurbishment of the Storey and the Midland Hotel.
A new extension for Ripley St Thomas C of E Academy and the new RNLI hovercraft station also received awards.
A number of smaller domestic schemes were amongst the winners too.
A further 16 new build and refurbishment projects received commendations from the judges.
Chair of Judges, Susan Dawson, architect, writer and current Vice President of Lancaster and Westmorland Society of Architects (LAWSA) said: “The judges had a difficult job selecting from over 50 entries.
“The Lancaster District Design Awards give real recognition to the architects, builders and property owners who through their creativity improve the appearance of our landscape both urban and rural.”
The Lancaster District Design Awards started in 1986 and are held bi-annually to celebrate the design quality of buildings and other projects throughout the Lancaster area.
Sir Christopher Frayling, who made the presentations, remarked on the uniqueness of Lancaster’s design award competition which recognises not just the architects involved but also the contractors and the property owners.
He applauded the quality of the entries for their “good honest design”.
He added that more design awards should draw attention to “enlightened commissioning and high-quality building”.
An exhibition of the 26 projects which won awards and commendations is now on show in St Nicholas Arcades in Lancaster.
The awards are organised and sponsored by Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce, Lancaster Civic Society, Lancaster Guardian and this year by the Lancaster Institute of Contemporary Arts.