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Deadline for entry to the 2017 awards is midday on Friday October 6, 2017

The categories are as follows:

2017 Commercial Awards

  • Celebrating innovation and creativity, this award is for the best commercial interior design created with a budget of any size.

    The judges are looking for the best design solutions for the budget available, inkeeping with the client brief. The design can be across any sector in the commercial world and demonstrate keen innovative style and clever use of materials.
  • This award is open to all original hotel creations across the North - large or small. The judges are looking for striking use of design, space and budget within our growing hospitality industry.

    Modern hotel design is not only about creating aesthetically pleasing spaces, but also creating a completely unique experience for the customer. The brand identity, technological features, facilities, interior design of rooms and communal spaces are all vital components. How do your inspirational and innovative features set you apart from your competitors? Tell the judges how you worked together with your clients to create something unique, from check-in to check-out.
  • The judges are looking to find the best social space in the North. Open to completed bars and restaurants of all sizes, they are looking for designs that raise your space a cut above the rest.

    Competition has become more fierce within the hospitality industry in recent years to maintain customers and drive new business. The aesthetics of our social places are key factors in achieving both of these. The judges want to know about your project from concept to completion, seeking striking and innovative designs. Show details of your brief and use of budget.
  • The judges are looking to find the best social space in the North. Open to completed bars and restaurants of all sizes, they are looking for designs that raise your space a cut above the rest.

    Competition has become more fierce within the hospitality industry in recent years to maintain customers and drive new business. The aesthetics of our social places are key factors in achieving both of these. The judges want to know about your project from concept to completion, seeking striking and innovative designs. Show details of your brief and use of budget.
  • This award is for the best individual interior designer whose vision creates spectacular results and stunning interiors in the commercial sector.

    Judges are looking for individual designers who are continually pushing boundaries and producing original, effective and intelligent design solutions for their clients. As well as an exceptional service and understanding of needs you must demonstrate diligent use of budget. You can submit up to 3 projects to demonstrate your range of work.
  • Over the past five years, we’ve seen renewed investment and interest in state-of-the-art leisure and business facilities and it’s always a pleasure to view the innovative design solutions found within this category.

    This category is open to all commercial projects and judges will be looking for schemes that are sensitive to the client’s individual needs, resulting in builds with long-term appeal for the people who visit or work within the building nominated. Judges will reward innovation, sustainability, flair and individuality and will be looking for commercial properties that they feel will stand the test of time. Entries into this category will also be considered for Build of the Year if shortlisted as a finalist.
  • Open to commercial landscape architects, landscape design practitioners and garden designers based in the North.

    Judges are seeking a winning scheme commissioned for a commercial space at any budget level. The category awards space design, installation and decoration to improve aesthetics and functionality. Provide an example of a recently finished project(s) that you feel best exhibits your work at any budget level.
  • Winning the highly coveted title of Commercial Architectural Practice will catapult our winners onto the National and International stage, providing the perfect springboard for recognition for lasting success.

    Open to commercial architectural practices based in the North, our judging panel is seeking a team with impeccable credentials which delivers for its clients time after time. To succeed in this category, you will need more than one exceptional design scheme. Judges will expect to see continuity and dedication to delivering excellence on every project, regardless of scale or budget. Feedback from your clients and peers can be used to support your application

2017 Residential Awards

  • Open to experienced established designers, based in the North. This award is the perfect platform through which to showcase your abilities and achievements. Entries are welcome from all budget levels.

    What makes you stand out from your competition? Provide examples of recently finished projects that you feel best exhibits your style. They need to know about the projects from concept to completion. What was your original brief and how did you work with your client to achieve this? How did you and your client feel about the finished project? If relevant you may want to include feedback from your client to support your entry. You can submit up to 3 projects to demonstrate your portfolio of works.
  • Open to both interior design practices and individuals, our judging panel is seeking the one outstanding residential design project that embodies Northern style, innovation and design.

    To succeed in this category, you will need to enter just one exceptional design scheme, although you can enter more than once. Judges will expect to see complete dedication to delivering excellence on every level and effective use of budget. Meeting the client's’ brief and needs are key along with delivering within both financial and time limits. Feedback from your clients and peers can be used to support your application.
  • Open to Northern developers of stylish, affordable eye-catching builds with exceptional practical living solutions and functional design. Whether aimed at first-time buyers, family-focused or sustainable, the judges are seeking builds with price being of paramount importance.

    Judges are looking for innovative style and practical design achieved for a new home, awarding interior space design, product installation and interior decoration and overall aesthetics and functionality. Always a hotly contested category, this award will serve to recognise the achievements of the pioneering property companies and self builders. All of these growing markets increasingly create both affordable and practical homes.
  • The calibre of entries into this category will serve to remind us that with sufficient budget and time, almost anything is possible. Open to developers of either bespoke builds or larger developments.

    Judges are seeking truly exceptional, opulent new builds utilising outstanding design and combining the very best building techniques and materials available. Pool rooms, impressive entertainment spaces and top-spec features are essential. Your entry must aim to illustrate best practice in the luxury market and the judges will be expecting innovative design and / or building techniques and details that set the nominated build aside from the norm.
  • Open to conversion developments in the North, whether it’s a single barn conversion or an industrial building converted into apartments, all forms of sympathetic conversions are welcome.

    Open to both individuals and practices, the judges are looking for innovative solutions and interesting, sympathetic means of incorporating the existing building features into the final design. The renovation and conversion of existing buildings creates some of the most design-rich new property available and breathing new life with sustainability into old buildings can be one of the greatest challenges for developers, architects and interior designers. Judges will be looking for information on the history of the site, design influences as well as interior specifications. Eligibility: Residential properties converted into multiple properties are eligible for entry. Extensions to current homes are not eligible. Submissions are welcomed from architects, builders and developers. Entries into this category will also be considered for Build of the Year if shortlisted as a finalist.
  • Open to residential architectural practices based in the North, our judging panel is seeking a practice with impeccable credentials which delivers for its clients time after time. Winning the highly coveted title of Residential Architectural Practice will catapult our winners onto the national and international stage, providing the perfect springboard for lasting success.

    To succeed in this category, you will need to showcase at least 3 exceptional design schemes. Judges will expect to see continuity and dedication to delivering excellence on every project, regardless of scale or budget. Feedback from your clients and peers can be used to support your application.
  • Open to landscape architects, landscape design practitioners and garden designers based in the North. Judges are seeking captivating entries of exceptional spaces created on any budget.

    Judges are seeking a winning scheme commissioned for a domestic residence. Provide an example of a recently finished project that you feel best exhibits your work. provide details of the concept stage, budget given and materials used to achieve the overall finished design. If relevant you may want to include feedback from your client to support your entry. You can make multiple entries if you wish. (Only one project per entry)
  • Open to all developers, this category recognises the crème de la crème of home design and architecture. Recognising new builds within the Residential sector that most effectively demonstrates high levels of user satisfaction and comfort and delivers outstanding measured building performance, energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions alongside exceptional interiors. With no budget limitations this is a category aimed at luxury end of the home build market.

    Everything from design influences to initial plans and client feedback can be used to strengthen your application.

2017 Design and Retail

  • Open to kitchen retailers in the North. Often referred to as ‘the heart of the home’, the addition of a perfect kitchen defines a great many houses. This award recognises the achievements of those retailers who exceed our expectations in terms of design, delivery and service.

    The judges want to know why your business stands out from the rest. What kind of clients do you work with? Which brands do you sell and what is the history of your business? Judges will also be looking for great store presentation and showroom displays and will also be considering brand selection and services offered. You can enter up to 5 projects to demonstrate your range of products and services. Client testimonials may be used to support your entry.
  • Open to independent interiors stores in the North. Whether you stock kitchen accessories, furniture design classics or soft furnishings; it takes passion, dedication and a great deal of hard work for an independent retailer to succeed in today’s economic and competitive climate.

    The judges would like to know why you chose to set up your business. How long has your store been established? Which brands and products do you stock? How do you source and select your stock? How do you use modern marketing methods to ensure that you stand out from your competitors? The Northern Design Awards are proud to champion the independent retailers who defy the odds to bring true originality and diversity to our high streets.
  • Open to impressive interior designed retail spaces including shops, fashion-led venues, boutiques, salons and showrooms. This award honours the best in retail environment layout and design.

    The judges are not looking for the biggest space, or the biggest budget. They’re looking for how you’ve managed the space and resources available and how your entry makes your business stand out from your competitors. Rewarding retailers who go the extra mile to showcase their brands and products, this category sees fierce competition from retailers creating show-stopping retail designs, displays and window decorations to showcase brands at their best.
  • Open to all designers, manufacturers and makers based in the North who create practical, beautiful designed products for either public or commercial use. From furniture to wallpaper and everything in between - we want to hear about the real ‘design and make’ success stories from the North.

    Judges want to know what makes you stand out from your competition. Provide examples of recently finished projects that you feel best exhibit your work. They need to know about the projects from concept to completion. If relevant you may want to include feedback from your clients to support your entry.
  • Open to all individual interior designers and practices in the North, this title allows for designs which have been drawn up but are waiting on a number of factors to bring them to fruition.

    Judges are looking for outstanding creative and innovative skills in the use of visual software. Any interior design visuals created on a visualisation program are eligible for entry. Entries welcome from both residential and commercial projects. Without financial or material limitations, what can you produce to wow our panel?
  • Open to all individual designers and practices in the North. The sky's the limit when designing without the boundaries of materials or budgets and this category showcases conceptual architectural design concepts.

    Judges are looking for inspirational and unique commercial or residential conceptual designs, created solely with visual software. These can be submitted in any form of visualisation programs.