The countdown is on to enter the Northern Design Awards

Northern Design Awards judge Linda Barker

AS the Northern Design Awards organisers prepare for next month’s live event, after hosting a virtual event last year, they’ve extended the entry deadline, giving design and architecture firms until the end of the day on Thursday (11th November) to enter their projects.

Previous Northern Design Awards venues have included Liverpool’s Titanic Hotel, and a host of Merseyside firms and projects have won awards (including Thaikhun Street Bar by JMDA, The North Western by Harrison Ince Architects and a Grade II listed apartment project at The Royal Albert Dock by Oliver Steer).

The awards will be open to entries until Thursday, ahead of the ceremony on 26th November. The judging panel is made up of some of recognisable names in design and architecture, including Linda Barker, former BIID President Elect Susie Rumbold and George Bond.

Interior designer, Linda Barker, who has helped to bring her passion for design into the mainstream with her TV presenting work, said: “The Northern Design Awards is a fabulous and exciting event. It’s a celebration that presents all our designers with an important platform enabling all involved to shout loudly about the power, strength and dynamism of our industry.

“No longer are our creatives in the grip of London elitism – this event demonstrates that those in the north are every bit as important and vibrant as the capital’s fat cats! I’ll be watching out for dynamic design teams that are creating some of the most inspiring work seen across the UK.”

The Northern Design Awards have taken place for the past 18 years, usually within landmark buildings across the North of England, and with the welcome return of live events this year, the judges are anticipating a high volume of entries.

Shelley Mears, events director for the awards, said: “Without doubt there is great anticipation for the awards this year. COVID meant that in 2020 we had to present the awards to our audience online. Given that a key element of the awards is very much about networking in person at the event, we are excited for a return to our usual celebrations in November.

“There will be great food and entertainment, our judges will attend in person to meet the finalists and winners and of course the all-important presentations to our winners will take place. After a turbulent 18 months our judges are thrilled to recognise and reward what northern business have achieved – against all odds.”

To enter the Northern Design Awards, visit: https://www.northerndesignawards.com/enter