York Design Awards

1st June 2015


York is a beautiful, historic city. But it is also a modern, growing city: one that is constantly changing with the times.

That need to balance the old with the new poses a challenge for architects. How can they incorporate modern design in such a way that it doesn't spoil the beauty of the city's ancient streets and buildings?

Those who succeed ensure that the builders of today will leave a mark on the city of tomorrow - just as the finest builders of previous centuries (whether they were Roman, medieval, Tudor or Georgian) did.

To encourage architects and builders to aim that little bit higher, each year the York Design Awards seek to celebrate the very best of modern design in new buildings, restorations and 'public space' projects in York.

"We want the designers of today to leave their mark on this beautiful city of ours, to leave a legacy we can all be proud of, so that future generations can look back at the early 21st century as an important part of York's history," says Janet Hopton, chair of the York Design Awards committee.

"By recognising the very best in building, restoration and open space design, the Design Awards are trying to make this happen."

Earlier this month, a panel of four distinguished judges – top architects from practices across the country – visited entries for the 2015 York Design Awards.

They will announce a series of category winners at an awards ceremony in York on June 24.

But as usual, we also want the people of York to have their say. You are the ones who live in this city, and who will use or visit or live in the buildings architects have designed. What you think about them matters.

That is why, each year, readers of The Press get to vote for the building, conversion, restoration or public space that they like best from the list of entries. The scheme you choose is presented with The Press People's Award: a category that is special precisely because it is chosen by public vote.

In total, 15 Design Awards entrants have put themselves forward this year for The Press People's Award.

The schemes range from an extension to the Quaker meeting house in Friargate to the redeveloped Bonding Warehouse, a new natural sciences building at the University of York – and the Askham Bar Park & Ride.

All, in their different ways, are examples of great modern design within a historic city.

But which do you like best? Which do you think will be looked back on 100 years from now as an example of classic early-21st century design?

It is your turn to have your say. There are three ways you can vote. You can return the coupon in the print edition of The Press. You can look at the details of the schemes here yorkpress.co.uk/designawards/ then vote online: one vote only per email address. Or you can visit an exhibition being throughout this week during office hours at West Offices, and cast your vote there.

Voting closes on Friday, June 12, although if you are planning to visit West Offices and vote there, you can only do so until this Friday, June 5.

All votes will be collated in time for the winner of The Press People's Award to be announced at an awards ceremony in York on June 24.

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