The Guernsey architectural community are set to celebrate the best architectural and design projects in the island at the Guernsey Design Awards presentation ceremony on 11 May.
Around 50 local projects entered the awards this year. These were whittled down to a shortlist of 11 by a panel of judges and features everything from modern family homes to farmhouses, a café, sports pavilion and the Town Church refurbishment.
The Overall Winner and the Norman Piette Contractor’s Award, to recognise the craftsmanship of construction, have been decided by the judging panel.
For the first time the Guernsey community have been able to pick their favourite from the shortlisted projects via a public vote. The island’s favourite will be presented with the People’s Choice Award. Guest speaker and presenter of the People’s Choice Award at this year’s awards is Colin Haylock.
Mr Haylock, an architect planner with over 35 years’ experience, previously worked as urban design director for Ryder architectural practice designing major projects including libraries, hospitals, schools and on smaller projects in complex, sensitive and heritage environments.
Mr Haylock now runs his own independent consultancy and is president of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
Mitch Sneddon of the Guernsey Society of Architects (GSA) said, ““The Guernsey Design Awards is the industry’s opportunity to showcase their achievements and be recognised for outstanding work by their peers and the public.
“Our guest speaker, Colin Haylock, has worked on some brilliant architectural planning projects during his career and I am looking forward to hearing about his experiences and his thoughts on the awards shortlist during his talk.”
The Guernsey Design Awards were developed by the Environment Department and The Guernsey Society of Architects (GSA) and the awards have been re-launched for 2012 with the support of main sponsor, Norman Piette.
“The variety of projects entered into the awards has been great and the quality of design has been outstanding,” said Clive Fenner, managing director at Norman Piette.
“A lot of time and effort goes into creating good design and this year we have seen some really excellent examples of architecture and construction in the island.”
The Guernsey Design Awards ceremony is being held on Friday 11 May from 6pm at The Princess Royal Centre for Performing Arts. The public are welcome but spaces are limited so if you would like attend, please email email@example.com for an official invitation.