Rocksalt Overall Winner of Kent Design Awards 2012

Rocksalt restaurant in Folkestone has been voted the overall winner of the prestigious Kent Design and Development Awards. The awards, jointly organised and sponsored by DHA Planning, Kent County Council and Ward Homes, celebrate the best new buildings and developments across Kent over the past two years. The overall winner was voted for by the audience live on the night.

Architect for Rocksalt, Guy Hollaway, said: "I am honoured to win this award.

"Rocksalt sits snugly in the curve of Folkestone harbour, and all the glass gives people a wonderful view of the sea, which was our biggest influence for the design.

"We wanted to create a destination for Folkestone. A place where people could go to eat, enjoy and socialise, and I am absolutely overwhelmed that this has been recognised."

The winners of the remaining categories were chosen by a panel of judges from widely-respected industry bodies, including the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Amongst the winners was the Turner Contemporary, which picked up the award for Community Public Buildings, and the Hadlow College Rural Regeneration Centre, which was given the award for Environmental Performance.

Leader of Kent County Council, Cllr Paul Carter, said: "Good design and quality developments are essential if we are to continue to maximise on the attractiveness and uniqueness of Kent.

"The calibre of entries was extremely high this year. The quality and skill that went into these buildings and developments is truly outstanding, and they all deserve to be celebrated.

"I would like to congratulate the winners and all the entries that were shortlisted."

Published on 2 November 2012