20 January 2011

Abercrombie Awards 2011

Plymouth City Council is launching its Abercrombie Awards which take place every three years and celebrate the role of architects, designers and building companies in shaping the city. The Abercrombie Awards were launched in 1993 and previous winners have included the Theatre Royal’s TR2 production and education centre, The Roland Levinsky Building and Gun Wharf.
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Anyone can nominate their favourite building or scheme which has been completed over the last three years for the awards. The categories are:

Best new building

For making an outstanding visual contribution to the city.

Best conversion

To acknowledge excellence in adapting, converting or restoring an existing building. This may be a creative/innovative new use of an existing building or an outstanding example of a conservation/restoration project.

Best public space

Either hard landscaped or a green space. It could be successful for various reasons such as design, planting, surfaces, street furniture, how well it sits in its surroundings, suitability for use.

Best community project

For a building/landscape design project that has had high community involvement and made a significant difference to a local neighbourhood.

Best sustainable building

For a project which has used sustainable design such as a grass roof, solar panels or other sustainable building technology, uses recycled or sustainable materials and/or renewable energy sources to benefit the environment.

Best minor development

To acknowledge developers and builders who work on a smaller scale, but who still play an important part in the quality of design in our city.

The People of Plymouth Award

This award will be decided by the public who will be invited to vote for their favourite from the shortlisted nominations chosen by the judges.
There is also the overall Abercrombie Award, which is given to the best overall project that has made the biggest contribution to design in Plymouth. It should have all the key elements of urban design, innovation, community involvement and sustainability. Councillor Ted Fry, Cabinet Member for Planning, Regeneration and Economic Growth, said: "While we are all facing tough economic times, we should celebrate success and acknowledge the importance design of buildings and landscapes in our city.
"This is a chance to look with a fresh pair of eyes at the amazing projects that have been completed in Plymouth and to congratulate those whose commitment and passion for their work has benefited all of us.”
All buildings must be within the Plymouth City Council boundaries and must have been built or converted within the past three years. All building works must have been completed by 1 February 2011.
Nominations close on 21 February and those involved with the eligible projects will then be invited to enter the competition. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in April alongside the Herald Business Awards. To nominate your favourite building(s)from the above categories, visit the Abercrombie Awards 2011 page.

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