Search is on for New Forest’s best buildings

Building design awards winners 2015 5702

Published Tuesday 6 September 2016

The New Forest is home to hundreds of beautiful buildings that give the National Park its unique character.

Each year many high quality new buildings are constructed that enhance the communities in which they are situated.

Now the hunt is on for the best of the bunch, with the New Forest National Park Authority’s building awards open for entries.

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The awards aim to recognise and reward the best new developments in the area, with new buildings, larger developments and extensions eligible for an award.

This is the second time that Building Design Awards have taken place, with last year’s edition attracting 20 nominations for new developments across the Forest.

Around 1,000 planning applications are submitted in the National Park each year – 84 per cent of which are approved - and the awards scheme is another way to highlight the importance of good design in the National Park.

Nominations can be made by anyone living in or visiting the New Forest National Park and must be for a high standard design that has been completed in the last three years.

People are welcome to nominate their own buildings and awards will be given in the following categories:

  • individual buildings
  • extensions
  • larger developments.

Nominations are open until 7 October 2016 and will be considered by a panel of National Park Authority members and staff, before the winners are announced in December 2016.


Notes to Photo Editor:

Cherry tree cottage at Woodgreen, winner of the individual building category in the 2015 New Forest Building Design Awards.

Notes to Editor:

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect.
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

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Media Contacts:

Matt Stroud, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646650

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