The Awards Process

How are the Living Waterways Awards judged?

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The awards process

For nominations to be considered for recognition projects, they must show that they:

  • are located on, or immediately next to, a navigable inland waterway in the UK 
  • are enhancing the use and enjoyment of the waterway and bringing increased engagement 
  • are innovative and inspiring, providing the catalyst for other projects 
  • meet the environmental, social and economic objectives of sustainable development involve the active participation of an appropriate range of partners
  • have a proven track record of success. All nominations are scrutinised by an independent assessment panel of experts, drawn from the environmental, engineering, architecture and regeneration sectors, and chaired by Christopher Rodrigues CBE.

The assessment process

Stage 1: All nominations are assessed by the panel to decide whether they meet the specified criteria.

Stage 2: Projects deemed to meet the criteria are visited by members of the panel and a visit report is submitted for consideration by the whole panel. The panel then meets to debate the findings and decide upon a list of finalist projects. The panel then agree the winners from this list and the results are announced at the awards ceremony.

2015 winners


Last date edited: 9 February 2016