West Court Phase 1 at Jesus College, by Nìall McLaughlin Architects – 2017 winner for best conservation, alteration or extension of an existing building
Find out about the Central conservation area 50th anniversary and our special 'Best building' award to mark the event.
Together with our sponsors, Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry (CFCI), we have held design awards annually since 1988.
Cambridge is growing and we want to celebrate the more recent, high quality, developments that have been built in the city. As part of this commitment, the terms and conditions of our Cambridge Design and Construction Awards (CDCAs) have developed over time and are regularly reviewed.
There are six main categories for entries that will be organised by the city council:
- Best new building (under £2m construction costs)
- Best new building (over £2m construction costs)
- Best conservation, alteration or extension of an existing building (under £2m construction costs)
- Best conservation, alteration or extension of an existing building (over £2m construction costs)
- New neighbourhoods (awarded once every three years, next to be awarded in 2020)
- Best new landscape (awarded once every three years, starting with the 2018 awards)
Until 2017, there was a single award for the best conservation, alteration or extension of an existing building. From 2018, it has been split into two awards, for schemes that cost more or less than £2m.
In addition to the six main awards, and at the judges' discretion, commendations may be awarded each year for works in the public realm and also for good examples of sustainable design and construction.
Other categories will be presented at the same event as the CDCAs. These categories are judged by experts in their field appointed by the CFCI. The awards are:
- Young Professional of the Year
- Craftsmanship Award
- Engineering and Sustainability Project of the Year Award
- Site Manager of the Year
The presentation of all the awards will be made on 26 March 2019 at the McGrath Centre, St Catharine's College.
The criteria for the main CDCAs are:
- design excellence - a building of overall architectural merit
- design appropriate to the context
- good quality of workmanship
- good quality materials - including durability
- sustainability - carbon performance, environmental design, creative approach to site constraints, future adaptability
Any completed schemes within a 5km radius from Great St Mary's Church in the centre of Cambridge can be entered.
Our panel of six judges include representatives from the sponsors as well as an expert with knowledge of Cambridge's buildings and their design and construction. The Chair of the Planning Committee will also be on the panel of judges.
The criteria for the five awards to be judged by the CFCI will be:
- Young Professional of the Year: from all sectors of the property industry, lawyers to architects, engineers to surveyors, who inspire those around them, and challenge themselves and their colleagues
- Craftsmanship Award: exhibiting quality in their work, using their knowledge of materials to show a level of expertise and detail, with skill in the application. Ultimately there is precision and beauty in the end result
- Engineering and Sustainability Project of the Year: projects that demonstrate engineering excellence in civil, structural, mechanical and electrical or construction engineering
- Site Manager of the Year: a top quality site manager who builds teamwork and drives projects to successful completion ensuring customer satisfaction
How to enter
As noted earlier, the awards will be presented in March 2019 and the entries need to be received in the city council offices by 31 December 2018 at the very latest to allow for short listing and site visits in January and February 2019.
For the main CDCA applications, entrants must submit an entry form, an A1 illustrative board explaining the proposal, accompanied by one side of A4 giving the project brief and the companies or individuals involved. Please state on the entry form the category for which the entry is being made. In addition to the hard copies, individual photographs of the scheme must be submitted in an electronic format on either a CD or memory stick. Along with the entry form, the A1 board and the A4 sheet, the entry must include the name of a contact who would be able to coordinate a site visit should the project be shortlisted.
The boards will be used during the judging as well as possibly being displayed in an area of the city centre where the general public can view them. In addition, the CFCI and Cambridge City Council will use them on their websites to inform visitors to the sites which entries won, and to promote the awards in subsequent years.
Some of the short listed entries will be asked to give a short presentation at the awards presentation evening.
All entries for the CFCI awards also need to be submitted to the city council by the same date, 31 December 2018.
For the Young Professional of the Year, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
Entrants for the new Craftsmanship Award and the Engineering and Sustainability Project of the Year award, should submit an A1 illustrative board. For the Engineering and Sustainability Project of the Year, two sides of A4 giving the project brief, the companies or individuals involved, and a summary of the engineering excellence delivered as part of the project must also be submitted. For the Craftsmanship Award an A4 sheet explaining the project should accompany the A1 illustrative board. As well as hard copies, you will need to submit electronic copies in pdf format for both of these awards.
Any A1 boards submitted for the main awards can be used for these additional awards too. Just ensure that you select the relevant categories on the entry form.
For the Site Manager of the Year, you need to complete an application form and submit up to 3 images or drawings of projects/events/supporting material. The application form can be obtained by emailing email@example.com.
All entries for the CDCAs must be projects that were completed prior to their submission. They should be submitted to Susan Smith, Senior Conservation and Design Officer, at the Guildhall. Contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01223 457000 if you have any questions.
We look forward to receiving your entries!
The David Urwin Awards
The Cambridge Design and Construction Awards replaced our previous award scheme in 2012.
The David Urwin Awards celebrated the design of new and extended or altered buildings in Cambridge. They were established in 1988 in honour of a former planning officer at the city council.
- The David Urwin Awards [PDF, 77KB]– see all the winners from 1989 to 2011
Best new large building 2017 – Ryle Yard, Eddington by Maccreanor Lavington and Witherford Watson Mann
Best new large building 2017 – The Stephen Perse Foundation, Union Road by Chadwick Dryer Clarke Studio
Best new large building 2017 – The Bradfield Centre, The Science Park by Aukett Swanke Architects
Best new small building 2017 – The Garage, 46 St Andrew’s Road by ashworth parkes architects limited
Commendation for new small building 2017 – 30 Newton Road by Lawrence Coussell
Best conservation, alteration or extension of an existing building 2017 – West Court Phase 1, Jesus College by Nìall McLaughlin Architects
Commendation for conservation, alteration or extension of an existing building 2017 – Wesley House, Jesus Lane by Cowper Griffith Architects
Best new neighbourhood 2017 – Eddington by North West Cambridge Development
Commendation for new neighbourhood 2017 – Magna, Harrison Drive by bptw partnership
Best new large building 2016 – Cowan Court, Churchill College by 6A Architects
Best new small building 2016 – Nelson Court, Trafalgar Road by Studio 24 Architects
Commendation for new small building 2016 – The Gardener's Stores, Jesus College by Once Architects
Best conservation, alteration or extension of an existing building 2016 – The David Attenborough Building by Nicholas Hare Architects
Commendation for conservation, alteration or extension of an existing building 2016 – The Butterfly House, Gwydir Street by Ashworth Parkes Architects
Best new large building winner 2015 – Anglia Ruskin University Young Street Campus by Richard Murphy Architects
Best new large building commendation for design 2015 – University of Cambridge Primary School by Marks Barfield Architects
Best new large building commendation for sustainability and design 2015 – 51 Hills Road for Jesus College by Gort Scott
Best conservation, alteration or extension of an existing building winner and commendation for sustainability – New Court, Trinity College by 5th Studio
Best new large building 2014 – Ceres, CB1, by Pollard Thomas Edwards for Hill
Best new large building commendation 2014 – Eden Street Backway, by Once Architecture Ltd for Jesus College
Best new neighbourhood 2014 – Abode, Great Kneighton, by Proctor and Matthews Architects for Countryside Properties plc
Best conservation, alteration or extension of an existing building 2014 (joint winner) - School of Pythagoras, St John's College by Caroe Architecture
Best conservation, alteration or extension of an existing building 2014 (joint winner) - EF Language School, Hills Road, by NRAP Architects Ltd
Best conservation, alteration or extension of an existing building commendation 2014 - Arts Theatre, Peas Hill, by Burrell Foley Fischer
Best new large building 2013 - Radegund Hall, Coleridge Community College, by Haysom Ward Miller Architects
Conservation of an existing building 2013 - The Old Divinity School, St John's College, by Annand and Mustoe Architects
Alteration or extension of an existing building 2013 - The McGrath Centre, St Catharine's College by R H Partnership Architects Ltd
Commendation for social, economic and environmental Sustainability 2013 - The Future Business Centre, King's Hedges Road
Best alteration or extension of an existing building 2012 - The Nook, Cherry Hinton Road, by NRAP Architects Ltd
Conservation of an existing building 2012 - Pembroke College Hall, by NRAP Architects Ltd
Commendation for sustainability 2012 - 130-132 Chesterton Road, by AC Architects Architects Cambridge Ltd
Commendation for public realm 2012 - Alison Richard Building, West Road, by Nicholas Hare Architects Ltd