The countdown is on for local firms planning to enter this year’s Northern Design Awards

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Northern Design Awards

As the Northern Design Awards organisers prepare for next month’s live event, after hosting a virtual event last year, they’ve extended the entry deadline, giving design and architecture firms until the end of the day on Thursday (11th November) to enter their projects.

Previous Northern Design Awards venues have included Liverpool’s Titanic Hotel, and a host of Merseyside firms and projects have won awards (including Thaikhun Street Bar by JMDA, The North Western by Harrison Ince Architects and a Grade II listed apartment project at The Royal Albert Dock by Oliver Steer).

The awards will be open to entries until Thursday, ahead of the Northern Design Awards ceremony on 26th November. The judging panel is made up of some of the most recognisable names in design and architecture, including Linda Barker, former BIID President Elect Susie Rumbold and George Bond.

Linda Barker

Interior designer, Linda Barker, who has helped to bring her passion for design into the mainstream with her TV presenting work, said: “The Northern Design Awards is a fabulous and exciting event. It’s a celebration that presents all our designers with an important platform enabling all involved to shout loudly about the power, strength and dynamism of our industry.

“No longer are our creatives in the grip of London elitism – this event demonstrates that those in the north are every bit as important and vibrant as the capital’s fat cats! I’ll be watching out for dynamic design teams that are creating some of the most inspiring work seen across the UK.”

The Northern Design Awards have taken place for the past 18 years, usually within landmark buildings across the North of England, and with the welcome return of live events this year, the judges are anticipating a high volume of entries.

Shelley Bond

Shelley Mears, Events Director for the Northern Design Awards, said: “Without doubt there is great anticipation for the awards this year. COVID meant that in 2020 we had to present the awards to our audience online. Given that a key element of the awards is very much about networking in person at the event, we are excited for a return to our usual celebrations in November.

“There will be great food and entertainment, our judges will attend in person to meet the finalists and winners and of course the all-important presentations to our winners will take place. After a turbulent 18 months our judges are thrilled to recognise and reward what northern business have achieved – against all odds.”

Previous winners have used gaining a Northern Design Award as a springboard to greater success and Shelley Mears commented: “The feedback we have had from previous winners has been fantastic. It goes without saying that winning awards is great for a business, but we receive reports of Northern Design Award wins having a significant impact.

“Previous winners have mentioned getting more business from existing clients, and finding it easier to gain new customers, too. It’s not just winners – many finalists tell us that just taking part has been beneficial for them also. Entering awards as a team boosts morale, increases output and builds confidence. it’s a win-win, whether you win or not.”

Having launched with a small awards ceremony in 2003, The Northern Design Awards have gone on to attract leading figures within the design world and high-profile sponsors, including Havwoods International, the British Institute of Interior Design and The Cheshire Magazine.

The awards have gained a loyal following, with many winners, judges and sponsors returning every year, and, after missing out on last year’s event due to COVID, the celebrations are likely to be all the sweeter this year.

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