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 :-
The 2012 CIVIC SOCIETY AWARDS
The 2012 CIVIC SOCIETY COMMENDATIONS
St Albans Civic Society Awards Evening
October 23rd, 2013 The Maltings
The St Albans Civic Society held its annual awards evening at the Maltings on October 22nd 2013. Each of the projects considered was completed in 2012. Projects examined, included interesting developments which contributed to the life and image of the city.
After a careful selection process, from over 20 nominations, two projects, the Performing Arts Centre, and Art and Technology Block at St Albans High School for Girls and Wood House, 3A Leaf Way were awarded the Society’s plaque as the winners for 2012. Three projects were commended and received certificates: The Discovery Centre at Oaklands College, the Swimming Pool and Gym Block at St Albans School and offices at Churchill House Upper Marlborough Road.
The certificates of commendation and the plaques were presented by the Mayor of St Albans City and District, Councillor Annie Brewster, who said: It was a tremendous pleasure to have been invited to present the the Civic Society Awards this year that promote and celebrate the most exciting design and building projects that have been achieved in 2012. The quality of the nominated finalists was incredible, a great year for St Albans. It is very important that we continue to encourage projects that will preserve and enhance our wonderful heritage and special character.
This year’s awards group were:Tim Boatswain, Michael Dunckley,
Margaret Grover and Alan Smith.
The full text of the press release can be read here.