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The Northern Design Awards bring together designers, retailers and property developers in a glittering celebration of Northern design and style.



Congratulations once again to our finalists and winners!

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the judges, sponsors and everyone else involved. We hope to see you all return in 2017.

2016 Residential Awards

2016 Design

2016 Commercial Awards

Video and photographs coming shortly

The 2016 awards are to be held Friday 11 November at The Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds

Call us to book your tickets on 01244 886016

The Venue

An imposing structure on the banks of the River Aire - our 2016 venue sits in Clarence Dock. This year's city is considered the cultural, financial and commercial heart of the West Yorkshire area and when choosing Leeds as the city for this year's awards, this venue was the obvious choice for the home of the Northern Design Awards 2016.

The Evening:

6:00pm - VIP Champagne reception (sponsors, judges and special guests)
6:30pm - Finalists Champagne Reception
7:30pm - Welcome message
8:00pm - Dinner
9:30pm - Awards
11:00pm - Entertainment
1:00am - Carriages

Dress: Black tie

The Menu

Yorkshire Ham Hock Terrine and Onion Chutney (v) Emmental Cheese Souffle with Beetroot Chutney and Toasted Brioche

Chargrilled Rib of Yorkshire Beef with Horseradish and Chive Mash. Seasonal Vegetables, Peppercorn Sauce (v) Roasted Vegetable Pithivier, Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables, Caramelised Onions and Pepper Sauce

Apple & Rhubarb Crumble Tart, Seasonal Fruits, Clotted Cream & Creme Anglaise

Accompanying wines, teas coffees and petit fours.
(We can accommodate all dietary requests)

We are delighted to host our 2016 celebration in such an impressive venue. Thank you to all finalists, winners, sponsors and special guests who are joining us for what is sure to be a fantastic evening.

The region's greatest celebration of architecture, retail and design. Judged by the best in the business, these awards serve to recognise excellence across the North. Culminating in a glittering gala dinner, we look forward to welcoming our finalists and judges to a fantastic evening of great hospitality and entertainment.

  • Linda Barker

    Born in Yorkshire Linda pursued a career in interior design, leading to a hugely successful move into TV - inspiring the UK in series such as Changing Rooms, 60 Minute Makeover and Building The Dream.

    Linda later moved on to write numerous books and design-led columns and today runs her own interior design business with an online retail division.

  • George Bond

    With a scholar’s grasp of centuries of rich tradition and an alchemist’s flair for infinite possibility, George Bond is the acknowledged master of modern interior design.. George’s exuberant flair for colour and intimate knowledge of texture has been recognised by some of the most discerning and fashionable clients. George prides himself on the philosophy that a home should be both a practical base and a relaxing haven, a space to live, a space to move and a space to be.

  • Wayne Hemingway

    Wayne Hemingway believes in the supremacy of design, whether in clothes or in buildings.

    At the height of his fame as a fashion designer, he sold his iconic company, Red or Dead and his focus now is Hemingway Design, which specialises in affordable and social housing.

  • Nick Munro

    Designer Nick studied engineering and design at Imperial College of Science and Technology and The Royal College of Art, London.

    He launched his career turning bedsprings into egg cups and became the UK's Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

  • Alison Vance

    Born in Northern Ireland where she ran her own Interior Design Practice for 22 years, Alison made the move to Edinburgh 11 years ago along with partner Jeff Laing, to build up the hugely successful Jeffreys Interiors, a Society of British and International Design practice with seven designers working on mainly top end residential projects , two retail showrooms and an e-commerce business for exclusive and unique furniture and accessories.

  • Fiona Watkins

    Fiona is a member of the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). A background of working in hotels gave her a sense of how to combine elegance and luxury with scale, which she’s transferred to her projects in private homes.

    Having previously lived in Holland, Fiona brings a flavour of cutting-edge European design to her work, while as a member of the Historic Houses Association, she’s just at home working in traditional period settings.

  • Jan Constantine

    With a background in fashion, interiors and styling, textile designer Jan Constantine’s distinctive collections have made her a household name.

    Her much coveted designs are exquisitely hand embroidered onto quality natural cottons, linens and silks, and have already been heralded as the ‘heirlooms of the future’.

  • HRH Princess Katarina

    Passionate about properties and interior design, Princess Katarina has worked on a number of high profile international projects. Princess Katarina specialises in restoring properties to their original decor.

  • Merrick Denton-Thompson

    President, Trustee and Fellow of the Landscape Institute.

    From 2006 to 2009, Merrick was on the Board of Natural England to assist in the development of the new government agency. He directed the Rural Pathfinder for the south-east of England in 2002; was a member of the Cross-Compliance Board for the Single Farm Payment; and a member of the Agri-Environment Review Group, which set up the Environmental and Countryside Stewardship Scheme.
    Merrick is the founding Trustee of the Learning Through Landscapes Trust. He is also a member of the South Downs National Park Design Panel.

  • Noel Farrer

    Noel Farrer has successfully practiced as a landscape architect for 30 years with extensive experience in both the public and private sector. He is proud to have founded and managed Farrer Huxley Associates, an award winning urban and landscape design practice for over 18 years. All of his work is founded on the belief that landscapes make an essential contribution to the generation of sociable and sustainable communities.

    He is also President Elect, Chair of Policy Committee and Board member for the Landscape Institute and CABE national design review panel member.

  • Mick Goode

    Mick Goode is a director of Croft Goode Architects based in Kirkham, Lancashire. He is currently President of the North Lancashire and Fylde Branches of the RIBA, and Vice Chair for the North West Region ahead of taking the position of Chair in September 2015 . He sits on the North West RIBA Practice Committee, and is part of the RIBA/NBS BIM Expert Panel. Mick is keenly involved in a number of important regeneration and community projects. He is a director of Winckley Square Community Interest Company working to restore Preston’s historic Georgian square, and is also working upon a number of inner city regeneration projects across the country as part of specialist teams established by a number of Local Authorities.

  • Julian Brinton

    Julian Brinton has been a leading figure in the global interior design industry for over 25 years, starting with Brintons Carpets where he carpeted many of the world’s most famous buildings from several royal palaces to the Kremlin, The White House to Sydney Opera House and many of the world’s leading hotels. Today Julian runs Wool Classics based in the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour who weave some of the finest rugs and carpets. Julian served on the Board of several industry bodies such as the BIID and SBID and is currently (the first ever male) President of the Network of Executive Women in Hospitality.

  • Beverley Spyer Holmes

    Beverley Spyer Holmes has dominated the interiors industry for over 30 years, concentrating her wealth of knowledge and expertise in the high-end residential market. Currently based in the heart of Hertfordshire Beverley’s designs reflect her client’s aspirations and practical needs, whilst creating spaces that are utterly beautiful. Beverley has used her creativity in business to manage a number of companies in her career, displaying an example of how creativity can reach new heights when matched with an applied business acumen.

  • Emma Sims Hilditch

    Emma Sims Hilditch is an award-winning interior designer and founder of Sims Hilditch; a leading boutique interior design practice specialising in bespoke design for luxury properties.
    With a Royal Acamedician and an interior decorator in her family, Emma grew up immersed in a word of art, architecture and design. She began her career in film production with Ridley Scott where she developed her love of light, colour and detail on a dramatic scale.

    In 1995, Emma left film production to found Sims Hilditch with the vision to combine her love of theatre with her talent for design. Emma is best known for her breezy, 21st century take on English country style with schemes featuring soft colours, classic fabrics and natural textures.

  • John Amabile

    Along with a hugely successful period on TV as a Designer and presenter, John formed Amabile Design with Carol Yates in 2000 and boasts an enviable client list, featuring bespoke home design concepts, commercial and retail projects. A formidable team, they tailor-make designs for the homes of private clients including home turnkey packages, housebuilders, boutique hotels and the retail and commercial market.

  • Aneeqa Khan

    Aneeqa is former strategy director at Zoopla and was Guy Hands youngest hire at just 21. She has since turned her hand to modernising the way interiors professionals do business. A simple flat redesign was behind the launch of eporta in 2015 which has more than 2,000 interiors professionals and 750 suppliers from all over the world. eporta backers include Robin Klein, Guy Hands, Ed Wray (Betfair founder), Rohan Blacker ( founder) and Will Cooper (Achica co founder).

  • Susie Rumbold

    Susie is BIID President for 2016/17. She runs her hugely successful BIID Design Practice Tessuto Interiors - a creative multi-disciplinary interior design practice from Parson’s Green in London. Her company has been producing original design solutions for both commercial and private clients for more than 20 years.