IS SPLASHPOINT an iconic building or a design dive-bomb? Is Litlehampton’s East Beach Café a seafront spectacle or an architectural eyesore? And is the newly-reopened Shoreham Centre Adur’s architectural ace?
The Herald and Gazette is inviting readers to nominate the best – and worst – buildings in the area as part of its ‘Good and Bad Design Awards’, launched this week.
The informal vote takes inspiration from Adur and Worthing councils’ ‘Distinction in Building’ awards, discussed by councillors on Wednesday.
The bi-annual awards celebrate the best examples of new buildings across the area – but Green councillor James Doyle suggested the competition should be extended to mark the worst designs, too.
“It seems a stick as well as a carrot is a good idea,” Mr Doyle told members of Worthing Borough Council’s planning committee.
Readers are invited to nominate buildings across Arun, Adur and Worthing, based on their appearance.
A shortlist will be drawn up, with the most popular nominations put to the public vote.
The winners will featured in a special feature next month.
To nominate your choices, email email@example.com
Keep an eye on our websites and future editions of the paper for further details. The closing date for nominations is Thursday, December 10.
The council version of the awards will see four members of the planning committee consider public nominations across six categories – ranging from new residential developments, buildings with exceptional disabled access and commercial units.
The winning buildings are affixed with a special plaque, presented by the mayor. It was set up in 1999 to celebrate and encourage good design among developers and architects.
The Herald and Gazette version is open for any completed development.