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Unique design and architecture in Kent is awarded
By Hannah Ratcliffe
BBC Kent

Darnely Mausoleum
Darnley Mausoleum has been restored with a lottery grant

A mausoleum, primary school and pier are amongst the winners at the 2010 Kent Design Awards.

The awards celebrate design excellence in the county and were first staged in 2003 and are usually held every two years.

This year 30 projects were shortlisted in seven categories from more than 60 entries.

Darnley Mausoleum in Cobham won Project of the Year as well as the Conservation & Craftsmanship Category.

The shared space scheme in Ashford, which received mixed reviews on its completion, won the Town & Village Renaissance category.

ashford shared space
In Ashford's shared space vehicles and pedestrians have equal priority

The shared space aims to restrict vehicles to 20 miles an hour and give pedestrians and vehicles equal priority.

The awards champion some of the ground-breaking design in residential homes, public buildings including schools, and offices.

They also show how fine design can transform people's experience of a building and leave them with a good impression.

The winners

Conservation & Craftsmanship Category winner - The Darnley Mausoleum, Cobham

Town & Village Renaissance winner - Ashford Shared Space

Residential overall winner - The Quays, Chatham Maritime

Residential (major development) winner - The Quays, Chatham Maritime

Residential (minor development) winner - El Ray, Dungeness

Commercial, Industrial & Retail winner - Deal Pier

Public Buildings (general) winner - Quarterhouse, Folkestone

Public Buildings (schools) winner - St. James the Great Primary & Nursery School, East Malling

Project of the Year - the Lord Sandy Bruce-Lockhart Award - The Darnley Mausoleum, Cobham

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