The Ramsgate Design Awards aim to recognise and celebrate buildings, public spaces, shops, and places that are valued by the local community and show the very best in design and construction whether in new buildings both residential and commercial, public spaces, or the repair and restoration of existing buildings.

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For the 2023 Ramsgate Design Awards, the Society is delighted to announce that it will be delivering the project with the approval and support of Ramsgate Town Council (RTC) who are keen to work with The Society to generate a strong sense of Civic Pride in the town. Working with RTC we feel will widen the appeal of the Awards and create more interest and engagement with the local community that RTC represents.

The Ramsgate Society, a Civic Society formed in 1964 to save historic buildings from demolition, has always had an interest in promoting good design and good conservation practice. Ramsgate was one of only 10 areas chosen for Heritage Action Zone status by Historic England in 2017. The 5-year project received funding designed to attract inward investment into Ramsgate which has 4 conservation areas (Ramsgate, Pegwell, Royal Esplanade, Montefiore) and 442 listed buildings.

Ramsgate Society’s design awards were last held in 2018 and The Falstaff, a boutique Hotel on Addington Street, was selected as overall winner. Awards were presented on Civic Day, June 16, 2018, at a ceremony at Customs House attended by local MP, Craig Mckinley.

For the 2023 awards, The Ramsgate Society, with the support of Ramsgate Town Council, aims to recognise and celebrate buildings, spaces, shops, and places that are valued by the local community and show the very best design and construction process throughout the project whether building from new or repairing the old.

This year’s competition has 9 award categories with additional awards for the best overall winners in 4 categories. The award categories are :

Residential:

  • Best newbuild
  • Best retrofit

Commercial:

  • Best newbuild
  • Best retrofit
  • Special award: Best retail and hospitality
  • Special award: Best workspace
  • Special award: Best pop up or meanwhile use

Public Realm:

  • Best landscaping or open space project

Thanet award

  • Best building or project in Thanet

Overall winners will be announced for:

  • Best conservation project
  • Most environmental and sustainable project
  • Greatest contribution to public realm and placemaking
  • Building of the year.

Projects nominated must be in located in Ramsgate or the adjacent wards, except for the Thanet award which must be situated in Thanet. Nominations will be accepted from anyone including members of The Ramsgate Society, other local community groups, residents’ associations, TDC and Ramsgate Town Council, architects, developers, construction companies, as well as individuals and local businesses. Nominations should be made by completing the online Design Awards 2023 nomination form. Uploaded photographs should demonstrate why the project is worthy of an award in the nominated category.

The independent judging panel will be appointed by the Ramsgate Design and Heritage Forum, and will be chaired by Dan Thompson, social artist, writer, designer, and Ramsgate resident. Judges will assess projects on the:

  • Quality of the design
  • Quality of construction
  • Environmental impact and sustainability
  • Materials
  • Accessibility
  • Contribution to placemaking

The level of budget will be considered, as will the story the project tells.

Nominations will close on April 14th 2023 and judging will take place in April and May of 2023. The winners will be announced at an event in June 2023.

The Ramsgate Society is approaching local groups and businesses to become sponsors of the awards. If you would like to become a bronze, silver, or gold sponsor please contact designawards23@ramsgate-society.org.uk

 Paul Shearer

Please fill in online Nomination Form below

 

Projects nominated must be in located in Ramsgate or the adjacent wards, (with the exception of the Thanet award which is open to the whole of Thanet). Nominations will be accepted from anyone including members of the Ramsgate Society, other local community groups, residents’ associations, TDC and Ramsgate Town Council, architects, developers, construction companies, as well as individuals and local businesses. Nominations should be made by completing the online Design Awards 2023 nomination form. Uploaded photographs should demonstrate why the project is worthy of an award in the nominated category.

The independent judging panel will be appointed by the Ramsgate Design and Heritage Forum, and will be chaired by Dan Thompson, social artist, writer, designer, and Ramsgate resident.

Judges will assess projects on the:

  • Quality of the design
  • Quality of construction
  • Environmental impact and sustainability
  • Materials
  • Accessibility
  • Contribution to placemaking

The level of budget will be considered, as will the story the project tells.

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Please submit up to a maximum of 5 low resolution photographs to support your completed form. Supporting photographs and any queries should be sent separately to:

Designawards23@ramsgate-society.org.uk

and include the project name in the subject line.

Nominations must be submitted before April 14th 2023

High resolution photographs may be called upon during the judging period together with more detailed information.