Building Futures is an initiative run by Hertfordshire’s local councils to promote high quality and sustainable development in the county. In support of this, a biennial awards scheme has been held since 2009 to celebrate new development that demonstrates innovation, creativity and design excellence. Nominations for this year’s awards are open on 19th August, with a closing date of 27th September.

The 2013 awards ceremony will take place on 21st November at the Spirella Ballroom in Letchworth, which itself is a national architectural icon and an example of Hertfordshire’s inspiring built heritage.
The Building Futures Awards scheme was setup to allow architects, developers, local authorities, housing associations and residents in Hertfordshire to celebrate the achievements already being made in the county and an opportunity for those passionate about delivering sustainable development to showcase their work.

Terry Douris, Hertfordshire County Council Executive Member, who will be hosting the 2013 Building Futures Awards said: “How we design and construct our homes and neighbourhoods makes a real difference to our health, quality of life and fuel bills and not just our impact on the environment. The Building Futures Awards offer a great opportunity to celebrate the positive additions that have been made to our neighbourhoods, villages and towns and reinforce the message that development in Hertfordshire must aim for excellence and be future fit.”

The three winners hailed for their outstanding achievements in 2011 were the Hertford Regional College, Broxbourne Centre (Design Excellence Award), The University of Hertfordshire Law Court, Hatfield (Most Sustainable Construction Award) and Cotney Croft & Peartree Way Social Housing Scheme, Stevenage (Outstanding Commitment to Adapt to a Changing Climate Award).
The 2013 awards will see the launch of an exciting new category – the Retrofit for the Future Award. This unique award demonstrates Hertfordshire’s commitment to raising the quality of existing homes and buildings across the county, as well as promoting sustainability in new buildings.

Entries are now being invited for this year’s awards. To be eligible, projects completed between 16th September 2011 and 16th September 2013 will be considered. For more information on how to enter the awards and details of the Building Futures initiative visit http://www.hertslink.org/buildingfutures.