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CAMRA aims to raise a glass to well-designed pubs

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The Campaign for Real Ale, (CAMRA) has teamed up with English Heritage and the Victorian Society to find the UK's most 'exceptionally designed pubs'.

CAMRA said it hoped to attract worthwhile 'new-build' entries following dissapointing submissions for the 2006 awards. A CAMRA spokesperson said: 'We at CAMRA cannot believe that there are no pubs built in the last year that exhibit true imagination.'

The Pub Design Awards fall into four categories: new build, conversion, refurbishment and the CAMRA/English Heritage Conservation award; the last of which will go to a pub that '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'.

CAMRA's Pub Design Awards were launched in 1983 to award pubs of 'innovative and imaginative design' and seek to 'celebrate sympathetic preservation and restoration of remarkable historical-interest interiors, as well as applauding new contemporary builds'.

'We are urging breweries, pub companies, architects and members of the public to nominate their favourite pubs that have had work completed in 2006 and ensure they receive the credit they deserve,' said CAMRA.

Contact CAMRA's Owen Morris on 01727 867443 or email him at owen.morris@camra.org.uk for an entry form and explanatory notes.

The closing date for entries is 31 July and all building work must have been completed by 31 December 2006.

by Max Thompson

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