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Local entries sought for Architectural and Environmental Design Awards 11 August 2006

The Department of Local Government and the Environment is highlighting an opportunity for good local design projects to be recognised nationally.

Entry forms are now available in a unique scheme which intends to reward new buildings, restorations, public art or landscape schemes, and many winners are expected to be in a rural setting, with local authorities being expected to play a key role. For the first time, entry forms will be available online at and the closing date will be 13 September 2006.

The Civic Trust Awards operate on a two-year rota - one year is for urban areas in with major metropolitan councils & cities - and the following year county towns and shires.

Award winners will have to demonstrate outstanding examples of architecture and environmental design. Consideration is also given to the benefit each project brings to its local area and community. To be eligible, projects have to have been completed between completed between 1 January 2004 and 30 September 2006.

In the past, important projects on the Isle of Man have been successful and the Department, which is keen to encourage better design, hopes that will be the case again this time.

As well as Awards, Commendations are given to projects that make a valuable contribution to the quality and appearance of the environment; Mentions are given to projects of cultural, social or economic benefit to the local community and there are a number of Sponsored Awards.

Entries are assessed by a leading architect, a local authority planning expert, an access advisor and a local person (who expresses the views of the community). This team submits its suggestions to the National Panel, a small group of experts, which makes the final decisions.

Nisha Kaduskar, Awards Manager for The Civic Trust said:

“Entries can be anything and come from anywhere from the Shetlands to the Channel Islands, from Norwich to Ballymena. We are looking forward to an exciting year with another bumper crop of rural entries.“

The deadline for entries is Wednesday 13 September 2006.

For an entry form and further details please contact: Mr. Stephen Moore Building Conservation Officer Office of Planning and Building Control Department of Local Government and the Environment Murray House Mount Havelock Douglas IM1 2SF

Tel : 685944

Email :

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