Huddersfield Civic Society is holding its design awards … and anyone can attend.

The society has usually held its Design Awards annually but has not done so since 2020 due to the Covid pandemic and its negative impact on the economy, refurbishments and new builds.

But now the awards are back with the winners unveiled on Tuesday March 26 at the Brian Jackson Centre from 7pm to 9pm.

The categories are Best New Build, Best Shop Front, Best Refurbishment, Best Public/Commercial Development and Best Community Project. There will also be an overall winner.

The event will feature two short presentations on the theme of What Is Good Design? by Adrian Pitts, Professor of Sustainable Architecture at the University of Huddersfield and Jonathan Lovatt, managing director of Eight_OneTwo Architects based in Armitage Bridge.

The design awards will get underway around 8pm with the winners receiving their awards from the Mayor of Kirklees, Clr Cahal Burke.

The awards were last held in 2020 when the winner’s trophy was presented to the University of Huddersfield for its conversion and refurbishment of the former Broadbent’s Bath House, now the Sovereign Design House and Toast House Café, designed by AHR architects. 

Category winners included Friends of Greenhead Park, Hinchliffe’s Farm Shop and Restaurant, a private house rebuilt after a devastating fire on Kaffir Road in Edgerton and the Windrush Anniversary Garden in Springwood.       

Current Huddersfield Civic Society members and invited guests do not need to book places but non-members can book free tickets in advance to attend – click here