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.
Awards Winner 2016
This year’s awards evening took place on Thursday 5 October. After a careful selection process, from thirty nominations, one project was given the Society’s Annual Award and plaque, and two projects were commended. In addition, two projects were awarded the Trevelyan Prize; all received certificates.
Winner of the Civic Society’s Plaque 2016
- Newsom Place (Oaklands) Housing – Hatfield Road
- Sweet Briar Mews Housing – Victoria Street
- Beaumont School – New Sports Hall, Administration and Classroom Block
Winners of the Trevelyan Prize
(awarded to a project that has achieved the finest quality in terms of conservation / restoration)
- Spencer House – 76 Holywell Hill
- The Prae Wood Arms – Redbourn Road
Certificates and plaques were presented by the Mayor of the City and District of St Albans, Councillor Mohammad Iqbal Zia, who said: “We live in a beautiful and historic City with many fascinating buildings, so it is very important to encourage high design standards in development projects, both large and small.
“St Albans Civic Society, with around 500 members, plays an invaluable role in helping to preserve our City’s buildings, heritage and character. Its coveted awards help highlight development projects where the design standards complement and enhance the architecture and heritage of St Albans. I want to thank the Society’s members for their efforts in helping to ensure our City remains an attractive and special place to live.”
The Awards Process
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.