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Fri 23rd June
New buildings head-to-head in York Design Awards
THE Hiscox building, York Art Gallery, the Your Bike Shed cycle café in Micklegate and the restored Walmgate Bar have all won prestigious York Design Awards in the past. But what will win this year?

All will be revealed at a glitzy awards ceremony at York Racecourse (which itself won an award in 2015) on Monday night.

No fewer than 34 schemes entered for this year’s awards. They range from the large (the second phase of the University of York’s new biology building) to the cultural (the revamp of York Theatre Royal); from the quirky (the York Peace Bells, three medieval church bells brought out of storage to act as a symbol of peace in commemoration of World War 1) to the fun (the Geological Map Mosaic in Museum Gardens).

Judges visited every one earlier this year. And on Monday night they’ll reveal the winners in a series of different categories that include small and large residential, conservation, commercial, open space, public domain and community projects.

Readers of The Press also voted in large numbers for their favourite project.

The winner of that public vote will be presented with the Press People’s Award on Monday night.

The aim of the design awards, which are now in their 11th year, is to raise the bar on building and public space design in York, so as to ensure the architects and builders of today leave a legacy that is worthy of York’s heritage and which will delight future generations the way the city’s Georgian buildings delight us.

Janet Hopton, the chairman of the York Design Awards, said she was delighted with the number and quality of entries this year.

“It’s fabulous that we can reward and recognise the city’s buildings that meet a high design standard,” she said.

“Our thanks go to the judges, our sponsors and everyone who entered.

“We’re excited to unveil the winners next week.”

For the full story please see the York Press website

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