Lancaster District Design Awards 2012

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The Lancaster District Design Awards have celebrated good design in the built environment of the Lancaster district for over 25 years. The bi-annual Awards give recognition to schemes, both public and private, whose external design and appearance add to the attractiveness of the Lancaster District.

The best schemes will not necessarily be the largest and the sponsors wish to encourage both small-scale projects (including shop fronts and other improvements to the street scene) as well as more ambitious schemes.

Over the years the Design Awards has recognised more than 100 schemes, ranging from Morecambe’s TERN project to the Ruskin Library at Lancaster University; from neat new porches to stone-built cottages; and from the restoration of parts of Lancaster’s industrial past to new commercial offices for Cannon Hygiene OCS Group on White Lund.

Nominations are welcomed from anyone – residents, architects, community groups, builders and developers.

Closing date: Friday 15th June 2012.

Nominations can be made by post, web or by hand to:

Lancaster District Design Awards , Commerce House, Fenton Street, Lancaster LA1 1AB

Download the nominations form

Entries will be judged by a panel of representatives from Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce, Lancaster Civic Society, Lancaster Guardian and LICA (Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts).

The Awards will be presented by Sir Chris Frayling on Wednesday 3rd October.

Please note: Your nomination must be for a design within the Lancaster District, including Morecambe, Heysham, Carnforth and rural surrounds.


Schemes are to be in Lancaster City Council District, including the urban areas and all rural parishes.

They should have been completed between May 2007 and May 2012.

Small schemes are given equal consideration with large schemes.

Design quality is the primary criterion, but other matters will be taken into account, including:

with new buildings, the way in which the building relates to its surroundings;

with restoration or new use projects, the extent to which the original architectural character has been preserved or enhanced and the initiative and imagination shown in devising the scheme;

In all cases the quality of construction and workmanship and the appropriate use of materials will be taken into account in assessing how the project contributes to the overall benefit of the area.