The Kent Design & Development Awards 2014, recognising the design excellence of the county’s property and construction industry, were launched at the Kent Construction Expo on Wednesday 6 November.
Celebrating their 10th anniversary, this year’s awards are jointly organised and sponsored by DHA Planning, Kent County Council, who will be joined for the first time by Maxim.
“Given the current economic improvement, and the fact that the county’s property industry is showing positive signs of reawakening, there is a lot to celebrate in Kent,” said Cllr Mark Dance, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development at Kent County Council.
Alex Hicken, Director at DHA Planning, based in Maidstone, said: “There are a lot of exciting development projects coming forward across the length and breadth of Kent, and we are confident that we will exceed last year’s 94 entries and break the 100 mark for the 2014 awards.”
The five categories: Civils and Infrastructure; Commercial, Industrial and Retail; Environmental Performance; Public Buildings - Education and Community; and Residential - Minor and Major, each give local firms the opportunity to demonstrate their skills to develop and regenerate the built environment in the county.
The winners of the five categories will go forward to compete for the Project of the Year trophy, sponsored by DHA Planning, which will be awarded to the building or scheme with the greatest level of design quality in Kent.
The deadline for entering the Kent Design & Development Awards 2014 via www.kent.gov.uk/designawards is 16 June 2014. The judging panel will then shortlist the entries before the awards ceremony, which will be held in November next year.