Cambridge Design & Construction Awards

To promote a wider understanding and appreciation of the construction industry

Awards information

Together with our partners, Cambridge City Council, we have held design awards annually since 1988.

Cambridge is growing and we want to celebrate the more recent, high quality, developments that have been built in the city. As part of this commitment, the terms and conditions of our Cambridge Design and Construction Awards (CDCAs) have developed over time and are regularly reviewed.

There are six main categories for entries that will be organised by the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service:

  • Best new building (under £2m construction costs)
  • Best new building (over £2m construction costs)
  • Best conservation, alteration or extension of an existing building (under £2m construction costs)
  • Best conservation, alteration or extension of an existing building (over £2m construction costs)
  • New neighbourhoods – awarded once every three years, next to be awarded in 2022
  • Best new landscape – awarded once every three years, next to be awarded in 2023

In addition to the six main awards, and at the judges’ discretion, commendations may be awarded each year for works in the public realm and also for good examples of sustainable design and construction.

Other categories will be presented at the same time as the CDCAs. These categories are judged by experts in their field appointed by the CFCI. The awards are:

  • Young Professional of the Year
  • Craftsmanship Award
  • Engineering and Sustainability Project of the Year Award
  • Site Manager of the Year

The presentation of all the awards will be made in spring 2022.

Application and entry criteria for the 2022 Awards will be announced shortly.

Criteria

The criteria for the main CDCAs are:

  • design excellence – a building of overall architectural merit
  • design appropriate to the context
  • good quality of workmanship
  • good quality materials – including durability
  • sustainability – carbon performance, environmental design, creative approach to site constraints, future adaptability
  • the submitted schemes should also include any performance data where it is available

Any completed schemes within a 5km radius from Great St Mary’s Church in the centre of Cambridge can be entered.

Our panel of six judges include representatives from the sponsors as well as experts with knowledge of Cambridge’s buildings and their design and construction. A member of the Cambridge City Council Planning Committee will also be on the panel of judges.

The criteria for the awards to be judged by the CFCI will be:

  • Craftsmanship Award: exhibiting quality in their work, using their knowledge of materials to
    show a level of expertise and detail, with skill in the application. Ultimately there is precision and
    beauty in the end result
  • Engineering and Sustainability Project of the Year: projects that demonstrate engineering
    excellence in civil, structural, mechanical and electrical or construction engineering