Prestigious awards for Kent's top designers and
11 June 2012
Winners of the prestigious Kent Design and Development Awards
(KDDA) 2012, which celebrate the best designs in the county, will
be awarded bespoke sculptures, hand-crafted from Kentish
Contemporary arts practice FrancisKnight is sponsoring KDDA
2012, along with DHA Planning and Development Consultants, Kent
County Council and Ward Homes.
The awards showcase design excellence across Kent, with five
categories demonstrating how development industry professionals use
their skills to develop and enhance Kent's environment and an
The deadline for KDDA entries is Friday 15 June. For more
information on the awards and how to enter visit our Kent Design and Development Awards pages.
FrancisKnight has commissioned Kent
based artist Dan Stafford to design a bespoke award incorporating
Kentish Ragstone stone donated by building, civil engineering and
quarrying firm Gallagher Group.
Laura Knight, co-founder of FrancisKnight, said:
"Through our practice we commission inspirational and
exceptional artist-led, cross-art form projects in the region and,
in particular, Kent. We support artists by showcasing their work,
helping them to develop their ideas and providing
"We are delighted to be sponsoring the Kent Design and
Development Awards for 2012 and have commissioned Kent based
artist/maker Dan Stafford to design the bespoke awards that
will be presented to the category winners. Dan works in ceramics
using earthernware, slips and glazes. His current work is
influenced and researched using
architecture that is based in Kent. "
"The exploration of composition and the configuration of
structures and their component parts, are presented as abstract
forms. My work continues to investigate a dialogue between,
physical and emotional responses to optical illusions, pattern,
rhythm and balance."
Nick Yandle, Chief Executive of Gallagher Group, said:
“We want to play our part in celebrating the work of local
architects, developers, consulting engineers and construction
companies who build high-quality developments in the county.
“Kentish Ragstone is an excellent choice of material to
integrate into the design of the trophies. Not only is it
synonymous with many of Kent’s historic buildings, it also
continues to be used in many modern buildings to connect the
present to the past. We are delighted to sponsor the trophies.”
The Kent Design and Development Awards will recognise structures
that highlight design excellence within five categories:
- Commercial, Industrial and Retail
- Civils and Infrastructure
- Public Buildings
- Environmental Performance
An overall 'Project of the year' winner will be selected from
the winners of the five categories.
All shortlisted entries will be invited to an awards ceremony,
in November, where the winners will be announced.