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Design Awards

Design Awards

In 2019 the South Downs National Park Authority launched the very first Design Awards to promote outstanding and innovative design in the National Park

The Awards celebrated projects that have made a standout contribution to the landscape, heritage, built environment and our local communities.

The Awards recognise and promote high standards of design, and raise awareness of the positive contribution that good design can make to the quality of our local environments. It is an opportunity for the Authority to reward developments where extra thought and care has been taken to make a significant difference to the finished product.

Nominations for the 2019 awards open opened in March for the following categories:

  • Residential (individual building/housing development small/large)
  • Non-residential (commercial/industrial/infrastructure)
  • Conservation (landscape/buildings/gardens/craftsmanship)

There was also a People’s Choice – voted for by the general public as their favourite across these three categories.


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