Nominations invited for Huddersfield Civic Society Design Awards 2023

Huddersfield Civic Society is pleased to announce the re-instatement of its annual Design Awards. Last held in 2020, the Covid pandemic and resulting slowdown of local development projects resulted in the awards being put on hold.

Now we feel it is time to revive these prestigious awards, but we can only succeed if we have the help of HCS Members and the general public in identifying projects that meet the criteria of good design as outlined below.

Established in 2012, these prestigious awards have been presented to the very best developments within Huddersfield that have been completed over the years.

The last winner’s trophy was presented to the University of Huddersfield for its conversion and refurbishment of the former Broadbent’s Bath House, now the Sovereign Design House and Toast House Café, designed by AHR architects. Category winners included Friends of Greenhead Park, Hinchliffes Farm Shop and Restaurant, 28 Kaffir Road and the Windrush Anniversary Garden.

Between now and the end of December we hope you will be on the lookout for exemplar projects within the following categories:  Best New Build, Best Shop Front, Best Refurbishment, Best Residential Development, Best Commercial Development and Best Community Project. 

There is no restriction on the number of nominations you submit and can be sent to the society by completing a simple form on our website or emailing us the relevant details (see below).

In addition, HCS will be teaming up with the Huddersfield Hub so its readers have a chance to vote for the development which they feel has contributed most towards helping improve the quality and image of the town.

Nominated buildings should fall within the former Huddersfield borough boundary, that is between Outlane and Fixby in the north, Berry Brow and Almondbury in the south, Milnsbridge in the west and Cooper Bridge and Waterloo in the east. Projects must have been completed between 1 July 2021 and 31 December 2023.

Members have until the 31 December 2023 to submit their choices. From nominations submitted, judges will choose the winners from each category. The winners will be presented with specially designed slate trophies with an additional trophy awarded to the outright winner at a presentation event in springtime 2024.

Consideration will be given to the following in determining the winning categories:

Quality of design and materials
Appropriateness to street setting and adjacent property
Contribution to environmental sustainability
Quality of landscaping
Contribution to community enhancement
Not only will the awards raise the profile of Huddersfield Civic Society but of the town itself, something that we, as Members of the Society, the Hub and all its readers are keen to do.
Keep your eyes open for projects that have contributed to Huddersfield’s built environment and let us help raise the profile of those who developed and designed them.
We look forward to receiving your nominations.

Simply download the form below, fill it in on screen and email it back to