The results are in for the 2018 Harlow Architectural Design Awards, with the winners announced at a celebratory event on Sunday 14 October, hosted by last year’s winner’s Harlow Rugby Club.

Over the last few months, voters in Harlow have been flocking to the digital polls and despite a packed field of candidates, clear winners have emerged in both the residential and non-residential categories.

Residential Category Winner: 4 Forebury Lane, Newhall

Non-residential Category Winner: Gates Ford

Paul McLintic, Organiser of the Awards said:

“This year’s competition was fiercer than many predicted and the candidates all showed great architectural merit.

“In the residential category, 4 Forebury Lane captured the support of the public, while the judges liked its elegant sculptural lines and positive feel as a very nice home.

“In the non-residential category, judges felt the Gates Ford building design complimented the prominent landmark entry point into the town and was the clear winner in the eyes of voters”.

Organised by Harlow Civic Society and supported by founding sponsor Places for People and annual sponsor Architecture & Design Services, the Awards were launched in 2016 to celebrate the best examples of recent architecture, to encourage better design for the future of the town.

The trophies were awarded, respectively, to architects Sheppard Robson and DWW Design and were presented by Stan Newens, chair of Harlow Civic Society. An additional award was presented to ING Construction for the restoration Grade 2 listed Kingsmoor House, a project with significant technical challenges in which they brought back to life an important building that had for years been neglected.

Alan Price, President of Harlow Rugby Club, gave a thoroughly entertaining and informative talk on the background to the new home of the club at Latton Park, which co-incidentally won last year’s Award in the non-residential category.