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Design Awards

Design Awards

Following the success of the inaugural awards in 2019, the South Downs Design Awards are back.

Design 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.

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

The categories for the 2024 Design Awards include:

  • Residential – includes completed extensions, single buildings, small and large housing developments, and visitor accommodation.
  • Non-residential – includes completed commercial, industrial, farming, infrastructure, recreation, and leisure developments.
  • Conservation – includes completed historic parks and gardens, historic buildings, monuments, as well as excellent craftsmanship.
  • Future projects – includes projects that celebrate distinction in unbuilt projects on paper and the potential for positive contribution to the National Park, its communities and the planet. Includes a £500 prize for the winner of this category.
  • People’s Choice Category – voted by the communities of the South Downs from the list of shortlisted projects.

Winners will receive a specially designed trophy, beautifully hand-carved in South Downs oak by acclaimed West Sussex-based sculptor, Alison Crowther. 

Nominations open on 1 January 2024 and finish on 30 April 2024.

The shortlist will be announced in the summer of 2024, with a glittering awards ceremony taking place in the autumn.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Sponsorship opportunities

Interested in becoming a sponsor for the Design Awards? Download our sponsorship briefing to find out more or email james.winkworth@southdowns.org.uk


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