TALENTED architects from across Worcestershire united to celebrate the finest and most innovative building designs.

Worcestershire Architecture Awards, organised by the Worcester Society of Chartered Architects, commends projects located anywhere in the world but designed in this county.

Winner of the built private house category was The Hop House by Vivid Architects. Judges praised the “interesting use of the reference to hop kilns” and the “imagination” using the rooflight to capture different sun paths.

Scooping the prize in the unbuilt private house category was The Ground by Glazzard Architects. The House at Grange Lane by DJD Architects received a commendation in the category.

In the built project other than private houses in Worcestershire category, Glazzard Architects won another prize for Malvern Evangelical Church. Judges said the circular layout was a “clever design” for a church because it allows the congregation to be close to the ministers without hierarchical division.

Wychbold Nursery and First School by Jacobs UK Worcester, received a commendation in this category.

In the unbuilt project other than private houses in Worcestershire category, Henwick Road Student Accommodation by DJD Architects won. David Davis, of DJD Architects, said: “It is really nice the judges had greater appreciation than the council of our design. Our clients will be please to get some recognition on what we have done.”

Quarry Restoration and Eco Village by One Creative Environments Ltd received a commendation in the category..

In the built project outside of Worcestershire category, Howl Associates took the prize with their Trent Valley Crematorium design. Phil Howl said: “It’s great to get an award and the respect of your peer group.”

Judges commended the design as a “calm, contemplative place for reflection”.

In the unbuilt project outside of Worcestershire category, St John’s Almshouses by KKE Architects won. Judges said it would provide an “engaging and calm” working environment.

Lorin Arnold, of KKE Architects, “It is good to have it recognised. It is a passivhaus scheme so energy consumption is very low.”

The People’s Choice Award, voted for by Worcester News readers, went to Victoria Road by Ben Cunliffe Architects Ltd.

The Worcestershire Society of Chartered Architects is the local branch of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Conor Nolan, project manager for RIBA, said: “It is fantastic to see so many entries and so much engagement for architecture across Worcestershire.”