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 Awards Evening
13 October 2015 at The Maltings Arts Theatre
The new feature this year is the introduction of the Trevelyan Prize. This is awarded annually to a project that has achieved the finest quality in terms of conservation / restoration.
After a careful selection process, from nearly 30 nominations, three projects were commended and one project was awarded the Trevelyan Prize; all received certificates. One project was awarded the Society’s plaque as the winner for 2014. The certificates and the plaque were presented by the Mayor of St Albans City and District, Councillor Salih Gaygusuz.
The full text of the press release for the 2014 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