Encouraging high standards…

We are proud to organise the Chilterns Buildings Design Awards in partnership with the Chilterns Conservation Board. The purpose of this highly respected award is to encourage the highest possible quality of building design to conserve and enhance the character and beauty of the Chilterns.

This is a great opportunity to showcase a successful building project. Entries are welcome from architects, builders, planners and the public. The deadline for submissions for the 2019 awards is March 1st.

The awards presentation will take place in June.

Our expert panel of judges take careful account of the criteria published in The Chilterns Buildings Design Guide.

How it works…

Judges focus on:
  • The way the building contributes to the local distinctiveness of the Chilterns and the need to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area
  • The way the building relates to the landscape and surrounding buildings
  • How the building uses its site
  • The way that the issue of sustainability is addressed
  • The use of suitable materials
  • The use of appropriate hard and soft landscape treatments
Buildings eligible for consideration include:
  • Housing
  • Public buildings
  • Industrial/commercial/farm buildings
  • Conversions and extensions of existing buildings
  • Engineering structures, e.g. bridges
  • Details of previous winners are available from the Chilterns Conservation Board
Terms of entry:
  1. Entries or nominations are invited from members of the public, from clients, designers, contractors and local authorities.
  2. The scheme should have been completed in the course of the previous three years.
  3. The entries must reach the award organisers by 1st March, and the awards will be presented in June at a special awards ceremony.
  4. To ensure the judges understand the design, submissions should include a single page design report explaining the context for the scheme and how the issue of local distinctiveness has been addressed as well as site plans, drawings and photographs (at no greater than A4 size). A short-list for judges’ visits will be prepared on the basis of the information given.
  5. Conversions/extensions should include ‘before and after’ photographs if possible.
  6. Please obtain permission from the owners and occupiers of the buildings for the judges to visit if required, and for the use of photographs.

Thinking of submitting an entry?

Download & complete
our nomination form
then email it to