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 2018
For its Awards, the Society looks for projects that contribute to the preservation and enhancement of the character of St Albans, and achieve the highest standards of architecture, planning, landscaping and civic design. This year, two projects were given the Society’s Annual Award and plaque, and two projects were commended. The Trevelyan Prize recognises projects that achieve the finest quality in terms of conservation / restoration. This year, one project was awarded the Trevelyan Prize; one project was commended. These awards cover projects completed in 2017 and were presented on 30 October 2018.
Winners of the Civic Society’s Plaque
London House, London Road- This sensitive modern development of ten apartments on three floors, with one penthouse apartment above, on a narrow site in London Road is a welcome contrast to its very conventional and stolid recent neighbours. A most welcome addition to the new architecture on this main entrance road into our .
House Rebuild/Extension – Gainsborough Avenue, Clarence Park – The client wanted an energy efficient, family home with a first floor living room, facilities to work from home and built to a green agenda. All of which has been achieved with distinction in the scheme as realised.
- Reconstructed House – Folly Lane
- House Renovation/Extension – Seymour Road
Winner of the Trevelyan Prize
(awarded to a project that has achieved the finest quality in terms of conservation / restoration)
The Crow, Fishpool Street – This fine, late 16th century building has seen many changes in its lifetime, and in recent times by considerable deterioration in its external fabric. It has been renovated and converted to create to two houses and two apartments. A worthy exemplar for those restoring historic buildings and adapting them for modern use.
- Extension to Lower School, St Michaels
Certificates and plaques were presented by Cllr Brian Gibbard, Deputy Mayor of the City and District of St Albans, who said:
“St Albans is an attractive City with many beautiful and historic buildings so it is important to ensure that high design standards are maintained when it comes to development projects, however big or small. By acting as a City watchdog and commenting on these, St Albans Civic Society plays an important role in helping to preserve the character of our City and its architecturally-significant buildings. Its coveted awards also help reinforce high design standards by rewarding architecture and building projects that enhance our wonderful City.”
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 preceding 31st December. At a wine and canapés evening 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.