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YORK Theatre Royal, which last year won two prestigious York Design Awards following its £6million refurb, will host the launch of this year’s awards.

The aim of the awards is to celebrate and promote the very best of building design in the city. The Theatre Royal was one of the big winners last year – picking up an award in the large non-residential category, and also winning The Press People’s Award, voted for by the public.

More than 150 professionals from the property, architecture, building and development sectors are expected to be at the theatre next Wednesday from 6pm for the launch of this year’s awards. But the free event is very much open to the public, says York Design Awards chair Janet Hopton.

“It’s very fitting to host the launch event at York Theatre Royal, which plays such an important role in the city’s cultural and tourism economies,” she said.

“We’d love to encourage local residents to take up our invitation to attend the launch event and learn more about how the York Design Awards encourages designers to create buildings and spaces that inspire and delight.”

The guest speaker next Wednesday will be London architect Bob Allies, who has worked on Kings Cross Central, Sheffield’s ‘Heart of the City’, and the Olympic Games legacy project.

Schemes such as the York Design Awards help drive up the quality and design of buildings, he says. “Encouraging good architecture and sensitive building restoration is incredibly worthwhile and plays a big part in improving the quality of life for those living in cities.”

Members of the public can book a place for next Wednesday’s launch event at www.yorkdesignawards.org or by emailing inspire@yorkdesignawards.org

Builders, architects, developers and owners who would like to enter for this year’s awards, meanwhile, can find application forms and details of how to enter at www.yorkdesignawards.org

Winners will be announced and presented with their awards at the presentation evening on Monday June 25 at the University of York’s Ron Cooke Hub.

This article is courtesy of The Press, please visit their website for more local news.