Gower Society Design Awards
The Society inaugurated this scheme in 2003 to recognise good design in Swansea and Gower.
Earlier, the Gower Society had sponsored a Gower Vernacular Award within the Lord Mayor’s Design Awards – given annually at a prestigious award ceremony held in The Brangwyn Hall, Swansea. The aim of this award was to highlight to architects, owners and builders alike, the wealth of local features which were felt worthy of consideration for inclusion/retention in any build project. Careful and sympathetic usage of materials was encouraged.
In 2003, the Society decided to extend this award and have its own non-competitive scheme – to recognise, highlight and publicise good design/vernacular features which are ‘pleasing to the eye’ and which are sympathetic to the landscape of the AONB.
Each year, the judges select the winners from a short list of suggestions put forward by Gower Society members, property owners and architects. The awards are presented at a ceremony held after the annual A.G.M. (usually in April). Each winner is given a handsome circular bronze plaque (made to the Society’s own design at a west Wales foundry) and a certificate. In the past, the awards have gone to conversions, extensions, new builds, individual features etc. in domestic, business and public buildings.
The committee always welcomes suggestions of potential award winners which can be considered by the judges. When you are out and about in Swansea and Gower, keep your eyes open and let us know if you see something which you think should be considered.
Each year at The Gower Show, we feature a photographic display of past award winners and you can see a facsimile of the award plaque. This display always stimulates discussion and interest.