By Andy Hirst

Huddersfield Civic Society runs a competition every year to honour the best new or refurbished buildings in the town … and it wants Huddersfield Hub readers to nominate them.

Between now and the deadline on New Year’s Eve it wants nominations for Best New Build, Best Shop Front, Best Refurbishment, Best Residential Development, Best Commercial Development and Best Community Project.

This year the outright winner’s trophy was presented to the University of Huddersfield for its conversion of the former Broadbent’s Bath House on Queen Street South into the Sovereign Design House and Toast House Café at the University of Huddersfield, designed by AHR architects.         

To find out who else won this year go to

There is no restriction on the number of nominations you can enter and these can easily be submitted to the society by completing a simple form on the Huddersfield Civic Society website at

Art gallery at the renovated Bath House which is now Sovereign Design House on Queen Street South, Huddersfield

Nominated buildings should fall within the former Huddersfield borough boundary that’s between Outlane and Fixby in the north, Berry Brow and Almondbury in the south, Milnsbridge in the west and Cooper Bridge and Waterloo in the east. Projects must have been completed between July 1, 2019 and December 31, 2021.

The winners will be presented with specially designed slate trophies with an additional trophy awarded to the outright winner next spring.

The judges consider the quality of design and materials. appropriateness to street setting and adjacent property, functionality, accessibility, contribution to environmental sustainability, quality of landscaping and contribution to community enhancement.

Caption for main image: Huddersfield Civic Society president Bernard Ainsworth presents awards for Sovereign Design House to architect Andrew France (left) and University of Huddersfield Vice Chancellor Bob Cryan. Photo by Andy Hirst from AH! PR.

* Written by former Huddersfield Examiner Head of Content ANDY HIRST who now runs his own Huddersfield-based agency AH! PR ( specialising in press releases, blogging and copywriting for business in Yorkshire and across the UK.