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 contact :-
Award winner 2011 - Buongiorno Italia
The Award is presented by the Mayor Eileen Harris to the proprietor Antonio Pucciuto and the designer, Constance Uzwyshyn of CU3 Design, for Buongiorno Italia, Lattimore Road.
Commendations were also given for the Orangery at St Michael's Manor Hotel, Apartments at 224 Hatfield Road, and the extension at Christ Church Centre, High Oaks.
Details of the shortlisted projects, and the award winner, will shortly be available.