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


We are thrilled to announce this year’s venue for The Northern Design Awards.

The Devonshire Dome, Buxton, Derbyshire

One of the most dramatic spaces in Britain and the largest unsupported dome in Europe.

What better place to celebrate design than in this architecturally stunning Grade II listed venue with its 44-columns and 145ft diameter colonnade supporting the 560 ton roof.

Built in the late 18th century in the famous spa town of Buxton by the 5th Duke of Devonshire as stabling accommodation; it would soon become the Devonshire Royal Hospital. In 2001 the University of Derby acquired the building and the Dome is now a campus for both the University and Buxton College.

Buxton itself was recently voted one of the best places to live in Britain by The Sunday Times and is famous for its Georgian architecture and being the gateway to the Peak District.

We are delighted to host this year’s celebration in such an impressive and inspiring building and look forward to welcoming our finalists, sponsors and special guests on Friday November 21.

Seats are available at £150+VAT per person (seated at tables of ten) and we recommend that you book early. To book call Francesca on 01244 881 895 ext. 298 or email

The Evening

  • 7:00pm Champagne reception
  • 8:00pm Dinner
  • 9:15pm Welcome from Wayne Hemingway
  • 9:30pm Awards presentations commence
  • 11:30pm Entertainment
  • 12:30am Carriages

We look forward to welcoming you there for a great evening of entertainment and celebrations.

Video from the 2013 Northern Design Awards

Judged by the Best in the Business
Have your work rated by some of the greatest, most respected designers of modern times through our high profile judging panel.
Reach Your Peers
All Winners, and Northern Design Awards nominees will feature in various newsletters from our sponsors and partners to promote your success and gain massive exposure within the industry.
Make Your Mark
Whether you are an existing business or new to the industry - receiving a Northern Design Award will enhance your reputation within the industry and highlight your brand to potential clients.
Feature in magazines and blogs
All Award Winners will have their designs published on numerous online forums and blogs and will feature in various design related magazines.
Receive Promotional Tools
All Winners and Nominees receive promotional logos to market their success in the awards. These logos will be sent in formats suitable for both print and web.
Join the Northern Design Awards Hall of Fame
All of the Northern Design Awards Winners will be archived into the Hall of Fame. These will be looked upon in years to come as a reference to the design standards of this time.

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 in November, we look forward to welcoming our finalists and judges for a fantastic evening of entertainment.

  • 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.

  • George Clarke

    As an architect, writer, lecturer and TV presenter, George Clarke has a wealth of experience and a reputation for designing and building high-quality, award-winning projects throughout the UK and abroad.

    George is passionate about the way architecture can transform our everyday lives and his aim is to make architecture popular and accessible to everyone, while at the same time creating award-winning homes for his clients.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 design practice, retail showroom and the recently launched e-commerce business for exclusive and unique furniture and accessories.

  • 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’.

  • 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.

  • Fiona Watkins

    Fiona has worked in interior design for more than fourteen years, 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.

  • 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.