Design Awards

2021 Design Awards

Nominate your favourite newly refurbished or new building.  The Awards apply to work completed between Jan 2019 and March 2021 (or Jan 2016 to March 2021 for landscaping schemes).  Please use the online form.  Closing date for nominations is 1 November 2021.

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The Borough Design Awards aims to promote better design in buildings and development of land in Newcastle-under-Lyme and to recognise their contribution to improving the borough.  Since 2009, the council and the Civic Society worked together with the community to promote the importance of places and good design.  Every year it helps to raise the value and importance of achieving good design and though the Civic Society disbanded last year, the council has decided to carry on running the Awards.  

Categories of award:

A. New buildings  i Residential or  ii Commercial and other
B.Conservation/refurbishment of existing buildings  i Residential or ii Commercial and other
C.Landscaping and development of land

Judges look for a high standard of design and applicants are reminded to provide as much information as possible to help the judges assess all of the nominated schemes. 

Judges will be looking for

  • Quality workmanship
  • Appropriateness of project for its immediate surroundings
  • Suitability for its required purpose
  • General impact of project
  • Good sustainable practice

The judging panel is made up of council members, architects, and council officers who all give up their time to be involved in the Awards Scheme.


2019 winners and commendations

New build - Residential - Camp Hill - (Basford Villas - commendation)New Buildings - Commercial -  Belong Village and Heritage Centre - (Castle House Caudwell Childrens Centre - commendations)

Conservation/Refurbishment - commercial - Belong Village and Heritage Centre

Landscaping and Development of Land - . Queens Gardens


Commercial - New Build Category was the Newcastle-under-Lyme Performing Arts Centre

The college building is a fantastic learning centre, completed last year, for young people to pursue performing arts. The judges were particularly impressed with the practical and versatile spaces inside. The building relates well to the main college and presents an impressive gateway into the Knutton Lane corridor. Martin Bostock (Head of Estates) and Mike Giblin (Ellis Williams Architects) collected the Award.

Commendations were awarded to Marks and Spencer, Wolstanton (RPS Planning and Development) and the Doddlespool Farmhouse refurbishment in Betley (Jason Knight from JPK Design).


New building - residential category - The Orchard Housing Development, Chesterton.

Refurbishment category - Mellards Warehouse, Newcastle.

Commendation - Day Nursery, Keele University.


Joint winner - new build commercial - Newcastle-under-Lyme College, Knutton Lane.

Joint winner - new build commercial - Stoke City FC training facility, Clayton Road.

Winner - refurbishment commercial - Lancaster Building, Newcastle town centre.


New buildings - commercial category - Blue Planet at Chatterley Valley which is the UK’s first carbon positive building. The owner is Gazeley UK Ltd and the architects were Chetwoods.

Refurbishment – residential category - Knutton Heritage Project. The collaboration of partners and funds for this scheme demonstrated that historic properties should be valued and can be restored sensitively. Architects - Chris Taylor Design.

Refurbishment – commercial category - The Guildhall, Newcastle town centre.

Two schemes were commended for their quality of design; Maer Estate Cottages for the quality of the design and detail in the refurbishment followed by Silverdale Church's stained glass window for an excellent project dedicated to the mining community with a high level of community involvement.

Last updated 13 September 2021

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