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


This year saw the most entries, winners and guests to the Northern Design Awards than ever before.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the judges, sponsors and everyone else involved. Congratulations once again to our finalists and winners and we hope to see you all return in 2014.

You can view this years winners here

The finalists have been announced and can be viewed here

The focus is now to the evening itself, when the winners will be announced in a black tie gala dinner and ceremony at The Monastery, Manchester.
We look forward to welcoming you all there, for booking enquiries please contact Alice Richardson

The Evening Schedule

6:30pm Champagne reception
7:30pm Dinner and entertainment in The Great Nave
9:30pm Awards Ceremony
11:00pm After Dinner Party - featuring the fantastic 4-piece live band - The Badcats
1:00am Carriages

The Entertainment

We are delighted to present -

Comedy Cabaret Chanteuse Miss Hope Springs

Ex-Vegas showgirl, statuesque blonde Miss Hope Springs, is the resident star of The Crazy Coqs in London's West End, where she has been packing them in every Sunday night for 16 months. Playing the piano and singing her all original songs, accompanied by double bass and drums, she swings her way through an evening of her award winning numbers interspersed with personal anecdotes from her 'Ritz to the pits life'.

'Quite simply brilliant'
The Fringe Review

"The sleeper hit of the year'
The Times (Critics Choice, Top Pick)

'Sunday is the new Friday thanks to blonde bombshell Miss Hope Springs'
Evening Standard

Royal Northern College of Music

We are pleased to present a performance from Harlee Gresty, a BMUS Vocal Studies student at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

20 year old full time student soprano, Harlee will be performing for our guests an operatic solo, representing the very finest the Northern College of Music has to offer.


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.

  • Sir Terence Conran

    Sir Terence Conran is one of the world’s best-known designers, restauranteurs and retailers who has been designing for over fifty years.

    Born in 1931, he founded the Habitat chain of home furnishings stores that revolutionised the UK High Street in the 1960s and 1970s.

  • 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 called

  • 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.

  • Neil McLennan

    Having spent the past 20 years building a career in lifestyle journalism, Neil McLennan brings a wealth of experience to the Livingetc editor's chair.

    After holding senior positions at ELLE, the Evening Standard's ES Magazine, Marie Claire and TimeOut London, then working as Lifestyle Director on hugely successful launch of Grazia, he joined Livingetc six years ago as Deputy Editor.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.