Businesses urged to enter design awards

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THE clock is ticking for businesses and public sector organisations in Portsmouth to submit their show-stopping developments into the Solent Design Awards.

Entries for the biennial event close on Friday and judges are urging potential winners to stake their claim before it’s too late.

‘We’ve seen some fantastic entries flooding in over the last few months but we know there are even more out there,’ said Paul Ramshaw, from the Quality Places Practitioners’ Group which is organising the event.

‘Based on the way the Solent’s skyline has changed over the last two years there are a wealth of projects worthy of winning one of the coveted awards.

‘The hardest part is going to be picking just one winner for each category.’

The Solent Design Awards recognise buildings that have transformed their surroundings.

Awards are available in the following categories; The Quality Residential Place Award, The People’s Choice Award, The Quality Place Award and the Quality Place Award.

Previous winners include the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth, Ryde School on the Isle of Wight, Southampton’s SeaCity Museum and the St Alphege Learning & Teaching Building at the University of Winchester.

A wealth of businesses have backed this year’s awards, which will take place at Southampton Solent University’s new Spark building. Sponsors include Barratt Homes, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, Vignale from Hendy FordStore, Taylor Made Computer Solutions, Hampshire & Regional Property Group, Lee Peck Media and Southampton Solent University’s School of Media, Arts and Technology.

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