York Design Awards, which marks its 15th anniversary this year, have announced that Shepherd Group and its flagship business, modular building manufacturer Portakabin, will be the headline sponsors when the 2023 awards launch in February.
The free-to-enter awards celebrate and reward the very best in architecture and building design completed in York. Previous winners include Clifford’s Tower, York Guildhall, Lowfield Green, Jake’s Treehouse, Rowntree Park Skate Park, and a number of private residences.
Shepherd Group and Portakabin, a major employer in the city, have supported the awards for many years, and have now stepped up to be headline sponsors in 2023.
Dan Ibbetson, CEO of Shepherd Group and Portakabin said: “Shepherd Group and Portakabin are long-term supporters of the York Design Awards and we wanted to reaffirm our commitment in their 15th anniversary year. We recognise the importance of excellent architecture and design in an historic city such as York, which must also evolve and develop for the future success of the city.”
Ann Reid, Chair of the York Design Awards committee said: “The Shepherd Group’s support from the earliest days of York Design Awards and their continuing sponsorship means so much to us in keeping our Awards going. The support from our headline sponsors and our other sponsors and supporters means that the Awards remain free to enter, which makes them accessible to individuals and small community groups as well as large developers. Their generosity is both crucial and enormously appreciated.”
York Design Awards were launched in 2007 but could not go ahead in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid restrictions, making 2023 the 15th annual awards.
The launch event will take place on 28th February at The Creative Centre at York St John University, which won two York Design Awards in 2022 in the community/education and sustainability categories. Property developers, housebuilders, architects and homeowners will be invited to submit their entries, with winners announced in July.
Further details regarding the launch event will be announced later this month. To stay up to date visit the bespoke awards website here