Watts Gallery: Guildford Design Awards Overall Winner for 2011

Posted by Admin on 8 Nov 2011, 2:49 p.m.

Watts Gallery was a winner at this year’s Guildford Design Awards. We won the Restoration and Conservation category as well as the overall top award.

Cllr Jenny Wicks, Lead Councillor for Planning and Development says: "We wanted to recognise outstanding architectural and conservation projects across our borough and it is encouraging to see high quality design in both small and large scale projects. The Guildford Design Awards celebrate the variety of ways developers are placing innovative architectural design and sustainability at the heart of what they do."

The Gulidford Design Awards said: “The awards aim to raise design standards and environmental awareness in the borough. Watts Gallery won the overall award thanks to the careful restoration work carried out over the past two years.”

Perdita Hunt, Director of Watts Gallery commented:“This has been quite a week for Watts Gallery!

We are thrilled to have won this important award for Guildford, which is testament to the wonderful efforts of everyone who made this project possible.

This weekend we welcomed our 25,000th visitor since reopening in June. We had predicted that it would take twelve months to reach this figure.

The Hope Restoration Project set out to save this national gallery in the heart of a village and to reignite interest in the eminent Victorian artist George Frederic Watts OM RA (1817 – 1904). This award – and reaching 25,000 visitors in less than five months – are a tremendous endorsement for what has been achieved. We thank our partners and supporters and share this with you all.”

The award winners and commended entries were recognised at a special ceremony at The Guildhall. 

Click here to read more about the Guildford Design Awards