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:-
St Albans Civic Society
11 October 2016 at
The Maltings Arts Theatre
After a careful selection process, from nearly 30 nominations, two projects were awarded the Society’s plaque for 2015 and four projects commended.
Introduced in 2015, the Trevelyan Prize, is awarded annually to a project that has achieved the finest quality in terms of conservation / restoration.
One project was awarded the Trevelyan Prize and one commended; all received certificates. Certificates and plaques were presented by the Mayor of St Albans City and District, Councillor Frances Leonard.
Councillor Frances Leonard, Mayor of St Albans City and District, said: “I was most impressed with the quality of all the shortlisted projects that have been under consideration. Each of them is of the highest quality and is worthy of praise. This evening has been interesting and most enjoyable. On behalf of our City and District, I also want to recognise the Civic Society for the significant contribution they make to the life of our District, not least with their annual Awards which encourage and recognise excellence.”
The full text of the press release for the 2015 awards can be read here
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