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 preceding 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.
This year’s awards evening takes place on Thursday 5 October
Awards Winner 2015
After a careful selection process, from nearly 30 nominations, two projects were awarded the Society’s plaque for 2015 and four projects commended.
The Trevelyan Prize was awarded to a project that has achieved the finest quality in terms of conservation / restoration.
Councillor Frances Leonard, Mayor of St Albans City and District, said: “I was most impressed with the quality of all the shortlisted projects that have been under consideration. Each of them is of the highest quality and is worthy of praise. This evening has been interesting and most enjoyable. On behalf of our City and District, I also want to recognise the Civic Society for the significant contribution they make to the life of our District, not least with their annual Awards which encourage and recognise excellence.”
The 2 page supplement can be viewed here.
Jointly Awarded the Civic Society’s Plaque 2015
- Parkside View Flexicare Housing, Marshalswick
- New House at 71/73 Hemel Hempstead Road, Redbourn
- Tuck Pointing to St Stephen’s House, Watling Street