Each year St Albans Civic Society celebrates imaginative development and design initiatives which have been completed within the city in the previous year – anything from an entire housing scheme to a beautiful front door. While many of the projects considered are architectural, and can involve restoration as well as new buildings, we have also in past years given the chief award to green space refurbishment, such as in the Vintry Gardens, and, less easy to categorise, the larger-than-life-size puppets that accompany the annual St Albans Pilgrimage.
In the first half of the year, members of the Society and the general public are invited to submit suggestions for consideration by our Awards Panel. All such projects are eligible if they have been completed by the preceeding 31st December. At a wine and canapés evening in the Maltings Arts Theatre in October the good – and sometimes not so good – projects are presented to assembled members and guests and the final winner and commendations are revealed.
For anyone interested in the changing face of St Albans, this is an event that is not to be missed.
If any such scheme, completed last year, has caught your eye (for good or ill) - one that really affects what the city looks like - please complete the form below:-
The St Albans Civic Society held its annual awards evening at the Maltings on October 14th 2014.
Each of the projects considered was completed before the end of 2013. Projects examined, included interesting developments which contributed to the life and image of the city.
After a careful selection process, from nearly 30 nominations, four projects were commended and received certificates: Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre; Cadoxton Place, Avenue Road;The Skin Shop, Chequer Street; and St Columba's College. One project, primary school provision with linked reception and administrative facilities at Samuel Ryder Academy was awarded the Society’s plaque as the winner for 2013. The certificates of commendation and the plaque was presented by the Mayor of St Albans City and District, Councillor Geoff Harrison
This year’s awards group were:Tim Boatswain, Michael Dunckley, Jude Dyson and Alan Smith.
The full text of the press release can be read here
Awarded the Civic Society’s Plaque 2013
SAMUEL RYDER ACADEMY,
Drakes Drive – New Primary School Unit
Instigator: Matt Gauthier, Head Teacher, Samuel Ryder
Architect: Architecture PLB
Contractor: Balfour Beatty
The principal achievement of this project is its impact upon the general community of St Albans – not least in the provision of much needed primary school capacity.
The simplicity, clean lines and suitable, pupil-friendly scale of the primary school unit and the linking reception and administrative facilities enhance the existing school buildings admirably. Both internally and externally the bright and spacious feel successfully serves the aim of stimulating and encouraging students and staff alike, and provides excellent state-of-the-art facilities. The whole scheme has been carefully detailed to meet the need for a tough, yet attractive environment with excellent green credentials. This, together with the enhancement of the library and staff areas within the existing building, is altogether highly commendable.
As the first brand new school to be built in the area for a generation, here is noteworthy evidence that real change for the better is taking place. This project is a real credit to all involved.
Award winner 2009
Congratulations to St Albans District Council and Aldwyck Housing Association for this elegant and practical development at 1-8 St Paul's Place, Hatfield Road, winner of the Society's annual award.
St Albans South Signal Box - 2008
The restored Signal Box near the City Station - a nugget of Railway heritage, rescued from dereliction by voluntary effort.
The Mayor, Cllr Maxine Crawley, presenting the award to this year's winners.
for more details see the press release here.
Loch Fyne Restaurant - 2007
Loch Fyne, in Verulam Road, has worked understated miracles with what up to recently had been a tyre and exhaust centre