Crisis no barrier to inspired design

Crisis no barrier to inspired design

The recession has not hampered the beauty of inspiring design projects in the South of England, an awards organiser has claimed.

Paul Grover, manager of the second biennial 2012 Solent Design Awards, said that the quality of landscape projects in the south remained strong, despite the UK’s ongoing economic troubles. 

Grover made the comments while promoting the awards, which were launched to find stunning places, spaces and buildings that lift the spirits of communities across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

“Despite the recession, many projects have gone ahead with some brilliant designs; we hope that all our local authorities, architects, contractors and clients will all put forward schemes to show that design quality is as strong as ever”, said Grover, who works at the University of Portsmouth.

In addition to the judges’ awards, the public will have the chance to vote online for their favourite project designs. The winner of the public vote will receive the ‘People’s Choice’ accolade.

Projects ranging from public or commercial buildings to housing developments and street scene improvement schemes can be nominated for the awards, providing they were completed since April 2010.

The judging panel will include leading architects and academics, such as Bryan Avery, Design Director of Avery Architects, and Professor Lorraine Farrelly, Deputy Head of the School of Architecture at the University of Portsmouth.

Entries must be submitted by 7 September, with full details and an application form available at


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