Ahead of nominations opening next week, we thought some background on the awards would be in order.
The Building Futures Awards are run biennially, with 2013 being the third awards year for the Building Futures Partnership. The awards are all about recognising and celebrating design excellence, innovation and creativity across all types of development in Hertfordshire. The 2009 and 2011 awards were great successes and highlighted the quality and creativity being delivered across the county. The awards have even led to some of the past winners delivering further innovation, whether it is in the form of a new vision for a university campus or setting up a new sustainability enterprise.
This year will see the addition of an important new award category – Retrofit for the Future – to reflect the importance the existing built form plays in achieving sustainable urban environments. The new category will sit alongside the three traditional award categories: Most Sustainable Construction, Design Excellence, and Outstanding Commitment to Adapt to a Changing Climate.
We’re also thrilled to welcome two new experts to the judging panel for the 2013 awards – John Pratley of sustainableBYdesign, and Peter Studdert of private practice. John has over 20 years experience creating and delivering sustainable architecture and master planning a number of award winning projects, whilst Peter is a town planner with over 35 years experience in town planning in local government and now runs his own practice offering planning, urban design and enabling services. They will join our head judges Barry Shaw MBE and Dr. David Strong who will be returning as judges from previous awards.
For more information on the awards and our other projects and resources, visit the Building Futures website.