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Jersey Design Awards

Introduction to the Design Awards

The Jersey Design Awards celebrate high quality design created by Jersey architects, designers, and developers. The awards take place every two years.

Any project that has contributed to sustaining and enhancing the character of Jersey’s built and landscape environment can be nominated. 

Applications for awards were assessed in July 2019. The judging panel were the Jersey Architecture Commissioners and a guest judge.

Awards will be presented on 20 September 2019 at St Helier Town Hall at 6.30pm.

Making an application for an award

Applications can be submitted until 12pm on Friday 28 June 2019.

There is an entry fee of £49.50 per entry with a limit of two entries per entrant for each category.

Apply for Jersey Architecture Design Awards 

Evidence to support each entry can be uploaded at the time of application. This evidence should take up no more than two A2 landscape format boards.

Evidence for each entry should include:

  • concise description of the scheme setting out the design approach that has been used
  • context of the project, including a site plan
  • high quality colour photographs of the completed project.  These photographs need to show the context, scale, mass, architectural detail and quality of the project. In restoration or refurbishment projects ‘before and after’ photographs should be submitted. This is not required for the un-built or the student categories
  • for the “Best example of innovative and or sustainable design” category an extra single sheet of A4 explaining the environmental and sustainability considerations of the project

All applications will be assessed in July 2019 when a shortlist will be selected by the judging panel. Shortlisted entries will be visited by the judges at this time. The landowner or client will need to have agreed access to visit the project if it is shortlisted.

The winners of each category will be announced by the Jersey Architecture Commission at the awards evening on Friday 20 September 2019.

Award Categories

Best large scale development (residential or other uses)

A building or development over 2500 square feet.

Factors considered:

  • how well the building uses its site
  • how effectively the three-dimensional form of the building is composed
  • how well the building relates to its context, surrounding public space and neighbourhood
  • how effectively the building design responds to its use
  • how the building and site respond to the Jersey context
  • whether it is fully accessible to all

Best medium to small-scale building or building extension

A building or development under 2,500 square feet.

Factors considered:

  • how well the building uses its site
  • how effectively the three-dimensional form of the building is composed
  • how well the building relates to its context, surrounding public space and neighbourhood
  • how effectively the building design responds to its use
  • how the building and site respond to the Jersey context
  • whether it is fully accessible to all

Best small-scale building extension (new for 2019)

Under 2,500 square feet or extension to a dwelling.

Factors considered:

  • how well the building uses its site
  • how effectively the three-dimensional form of the extension is composed
  • how well the building relates to its host building, context, surroundings and neighbourhood
  • how effectively the building design responds to its use

Best remodelling

An adaption to a new use including internal and external changes.

Factors considered:

  • how the scheme has successfully dealt with the existing architectural fabric and features of the host building
  • how well the building uses materials and its construction details and the quality of craft and construction
  • how effectively the building has been adapted to its use
  • how well the new work responds to the host building and its local context
  • whether it is fully accessible to all

Best refurbishment of a historic building

Factors considered:

  • how well the building relates to the listed building or place
  • how well the repair, restoration and adaption of the listed building or place responds to its significance
  • how the form, character, materials and details of the scheme relate and respond to the listed building or place
  • how well the building relates to its context, surrounding public space and neighbourhood and the Jersey context
  • quality and execution of craft
  • whether it is fully accessible to all

Best landscape architecture project in relation to the built environment

Hard and soft landscaping, paving, sculpture, environmental improvement, boundary walls and street furniture.

Factors considered:

  • contribution the scheme makes to its locality, setting and neighbourhood and its contribution to enhancing the public realm
  • use and finish of materials and soft landscaping in its context
  • how the scheme has successfully dealt with the existing features of the area, its context and the Jersey context
  • how well the scheme uses materials and the quality of the construction details
  • whether it is fully accessible to all

Best example of innovative and or sustainable design

Promoting eco active, this is for a project that seeks architectural innovation in sustainable design. Schemes must show how the principles of sustainability have been at the core of the project.

Factors considered:

  • how well the project responds to reducing energy usage and its carbon footprint
  • how well the scheme exceeds the required or expected standards
  • how innovation has been used to deliver micro energy generation or other forms of energy conservation
  • how it sets an example of ‘good practice’ that can be adopted in the future
    the contribution the scheme makes to its locality, setting and neighbourhood
  • whether it is accessible to all

Best artwork in the public domain

A new or innovative feature within a project. The purpose of this award is to celebrate the relatively small features within a project, whether new or in a refurbishment, that demonstrates real quality in design and finish.

Factors considered:

  • how the scheme responds to the essence of place
  • how the scheme demonstrates the involvement of the artist(s) from concept to delivery as part of the design process
  • how interpretive study has been used to deliver the art work
  • how the scheme has successfully dealt with the existing features of the area and its context
  • how the work responds to the need to be accessible either intellectually, physically or spatially

Best interior

A new or refurbished interior. This award celebrates the interior design of a project whether new or in a refurbishment that shows quality in design and finish.

Factors considered:

  • how the design responds to its building and context
  • how well the space of the building is managed
  • quality and execution of craft
  • how well the design responds to the brief and aspirations for brand or client’s style
  • how the form, character, materials and details of the work relate to the host building 
  • whether it is fully accessible to all

The unbuilt scheme award

This is an award for what the judges consider the best un-built architectural design for any of the above categories. The project must be post planning or may be a partially completed project.

Jersey students architectural project award

Factors considered:

  • how well the design responds to its context
  • how well space inside and outside the building is used
  • how well the design responds to the brief and the planned or intended use
  • how well the new work responds to the host building and Jersey context
  • whether it is fully accessible to all
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