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Hertfordshire Growth Board to sponsor 2021 Building Futures Awards

Published: 8 October 2021HGB to sponsor Building Futures awardsBuilding Futures 2021: from left, Simon Heywood, MD, Hertfordshire Building Control; Cllr Richard Roberts, Chair, Hertfordshire Growth Board and Leader, Hertfordshire County Council; Patsy Dell, Director, Hertfordshire Growth Board at Knebworth Barns

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Hertfordshire Growth Board is headline sponsor of the 2021 Building Futures Awards – shining the spotlight on new and innovative sustainable development across Hertfordshire.

The Building Futures Awards were launched in 2009 to showcase and celebrate the very best sustainable developments in Hertfordshire and have gone from strength to strength. Hertfordshire Growth Board is delighted to be headline sponsor for the 2021 Awards, which will take place on 21 October 2021 at Knebworth Barns.

There continues to be development pressures in Hertfordshire with a further 100,000 homes needed over the coming years. We need to ensure quality is not sacrificed for quantity and that new development delivers the essential infrastructure to positively grow our communities and be fit for the future, with futureproofing and innovation remaining high on the agenda.

The Building Futures Awards promotes and celebrates schemes across Hertfordshire that are at the forefront of sustainable design and construction. A range of development types and scales are acknowledged, from individual buildings to more holistic large-scale developments which encompass built form and open spaces. Since its inception in 2009, a whole host of organisations and project design teams have had their building and placemaking achievements recognised and celebrated.

Jennifer Owen, Building Futures & Landscape Team Leader for Hertfordshire County Council, explains the exciting changes afoot for the Building Futures Awards 2021. “Launched over 10 years ago, the Building Futures initiative was designed to encourage better building and to strive for better design, placemaking and a greater consideration of the environment.

“Over the years we have seen so many interesting schemes enter the Awards. Building Futures rewards examples of great design, placemaking and sustainability, and indeed sets an example, making a notable contribution to the built form in Hertfordshire.”

The 2021 Awards promises to be the best yet with the addition of a full-day design and placemaking conference to allow important topics to be discussed and covered in more detail.

Here are just some of the projects that have been shortlisted, from left: Osborne Park, Little Heath; Flint House, Watton-at-Stone; Hall Grove, Welwyn Garden City.

Richard Roberts, Chair of Hertfordshire Growth Board and Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, said:

“By supporting the Building Futures Awards, the Hertfordshire Growth Board is demonstrating the importance of delivering the right type of high quality sustainable development to cater for our growing population over the coming years, as well as the infrastructure to support those new homes and places.

“Our ambition is to create a cleaner, greener and healthier county, to nurture and maintain thriving communities in which everyone can learn, work and live well. The creation of the Hertfordshire Infrastructure and Development Board is also vital to this, as we look to work as closely and as effectively as possible with the development and construction industry to make that ambition a reality.”

Patsy Dell, Director of Hertfordshire Growth Board, said:

“We are delighted to be headline sponsors of the 2021 Building Futures Awards. At Hertfordshire Growth Board, we are passionate about responding to the opportunities and challenges that the expected rise in population, homes and jobs across our county brings.

“We are looking forward to seeing the variety of projects and schemes that enter the 2021 Awards, and which will help shape the future of Hertfordshire.”

The awards are open to all projects completed in Hertfordshire between 28 April 2018 and 21 February 2021, regardless of size and sector. 

For more information about the awards and to view the shortlist, visit the Building Futures Conference and Awards Hub.