Friday, 16 July 2010

CAMRA National Pub Design Awards

CAMRA National Pub Design Awards – in association with English Heritage and the Victorian Society - opens for 2010

Applicants have until Thursday September 30th to enter!

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has today re-opened its prestigious Pub Design Awards competition for 2010 in a bid to commend the pioneering design work of the pub industry. The work must have been completed during the year 2009 to be eligible for the 2010 award.

The Pub Design Awards are held in association with English Heritage and the Victorian Society.

The aim of CAMRA’s Pub Design Awards scheme is to encourage high standards of architectural design in the refurbishment and conservation of existing public houses and in the construction of the new. With particular relevance to the present day, the aim of the Pub Design Awards is to stimulate interest and aware in the many diverse factors that contribute to the unique character of the British pub as an institution.

With the 2009 competition results being announced later in the year, CAMRA is taking the initiative to launch the 2010 competition after already receiving some strong nominations for future consideration.

The 2010 Awards will be judged by the regular panel of architects, authors, historians and heritage experts. The Awards welcome entrants from anywhere in the British Isles, with the competition consisting of the following four categories:

1) New Build Pub
This category is for entirely new built pubs. The judges look for a number of details when judging the worth of any new establishment. The pub might reflect pubs of the past but without becoming a mere pastiche of Edwardian, Victorian or even Georgian artifacts. Or it could be completely modern, using materials of the 20th or 21st century.

2) Conversion to Pub Use
This is where an existing building is converted to pub use. Pubs are judged on the taste and restraint used on both the outside and inside of the pub.

3) Refurbished pub
Refurbishment can range from a complete gutting to replace what was crass and in bad taste with something far better to an enhancement of what was originally there. Refurbishment should suit the individual pub and not be an excuse to use uniform furnishings to brand the pub with brewery or pub company's image.

4) CAMRA / English Heritage Conservation award
This award, sponsored by English Heritage, is usually given for work on a pub which conserves what is good in the pub, makes good some of the crass refurbishment efforts of the past and ensures that the fabric of the place will survive for further generations of pub goers and drinkers to enjoy.

Sean Murphy, Chairman of the Pub Design Awards judging panel, said:

‘At a time when many valued community pubs are under threat, it’s fantastic to see the wealth of suggestions we’ve had informally put forward to us in light of opening the 2010 competition today. Now the competition is officially open, we look forward to receiving examples of the best designs in the country where work has taken place during 2009.’

If you own, design, work, live, or merely like the look of your local pub, please do not hesitate to offer recommendations for the 2010 Awards. Application forms can be downloaded from the CAMRA website at, with entries submitted by email to or posted to:

Tony Jerome

CAMRA Pub Design Awards

Campaign for Real Ale Ltd

230 Hatfield Road

St Albans



The closing date for all entries will be Thursday September 30th 2010, with presentation ceremonies for all award winners to be confirmed at a later date.