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15 Sep 2014

Civic Trust Awards 2015

Civic Trust Awards 2015 Application Round Extended to 19 Sep

The online application system for the 2015 Civic Trust Awards, Pro-Tem Awards (for Temporary Projects & Installations) and the CTA AABC Conservation Awards is open to entry from UK and International projects.

Due to demand, the deadline for entries has been extended until 5pm on Friday 19th September.

The Civic Trust Awards was established in 1959 to recognise and reward the best projects in the built environment. From architecture to planning, hospitals to housing, public realm to public art, the Awards scheme acknowledges the built environment in its wider context and holds a firm belief that development should be for the benefit of the people it serves.

Past winner – The Longest Bench in Littlehampton, design by Studio Weave (no larger image):
The Longest Bench
photo © David Barbour

The aim of the Civic Trust Awards is to encourage the very best in architecture and environmental design, to improve the built environment for us all through design, sustainability, inclusiveness and accessibility, but also to reward projects that offer a positive cultural, social, economic or environmental benefit to their local communities.

All applications to the Civic Trust Awards are also considered for the Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design.

Download the 2015 Application Guide which includes step-by-step instructions on how to compile an online entry to the Civic Trust Awards, Pro-Tem Awards or CTA AABC Conservation Awards.

Details on the new awards schemes are provided below.

Past winner – The Hepworth, Wakefield in Yorkshire, design by David Chipperfield Architects:
The Hepworth, Wakefield building
photo courtesy The Hepworth Wakefield. photo © Iwan Baan

What is eligible for the Civic Trust Awards?

All projects are judged on their own merit and every type of built environment project, whether it is a building, structure, space or art installation, is eligible to apply for a Civic Trust Award. Entries are invited from schemes of all types, sizes and budgets – our only requirement is that the scheme must be either publically accessible or visible from a public highway or footpath.

Pro-Tem Civic Trust Awards

The Pro-Tem Civic Trust Awards scheme is open to receive applications from temporary structures and installations. This is quite a departure for the Civic Trust Awards, which for the last 55 years have rewarded longevity and permanence. Temporary installations can make a surprising impact in regenerating areas which often need a quick win to energise their communities and establish a profile. In these austere economic times, the potency of these installations is significant and worthy of record. The Pro-Tem Civic Trust Awards scheme, sponsored by Metropolitan Workshop, is open to entries in 2015 and we would like to encourage you to submit your temporary projects to us for consideration.

Civic Trust AABC Conservation Awards

The Civic Trust AABC Conservation Awards scheme is specifically targeted and tailored to historic building conservation projects, but still retains the 360 degree nature of the Civic Trust Awards assessment process. The care, conservation and adaptive re-use of historic buildings call for a variety of skills. These begin with understanding the significances of a historic building in whole and in its constituent parts. We then consider the identification of defects and the diagnosis of problems and functional deficiencies which leads to the development of an approach – a conservation philosophy appropriate to the specific circumstances of the project. Works of repair, remediation and, where appropriate, adaptation which are both technically and philosophically sound are then formulated. Entries must demonstrate this broad range of skills in an overall project description and the exceptional qualities of the entry can then be described. These may include conservation of the rare and fragile, subtle remediation of structural problems or careful adaptation to meet current needs, all securing the ongoing life and value of the building. We therefore seek the demonstration of virtuosic skills that will inspire others.

28 Jun 2012

Civic Trust Awards – BE-Net News

Civic Trust Awards Built Environment Network (BE-Net) Education Project wins Heritage Lottery Fund Support

The Civic Trust Awards has received £50,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its Built Environment Network (BE-Net) Education Project, which will be piloted in the North West Region.

The Civic Trust Awards was established in 1959 to recognise outstanding architecture, planning and design in the built environment. As the oldest built environment awards scheme in Europe, during the last 53 years, more than 6500 projects have been rewarded for their design credentials whilst making a positive social, cultural, environmental or economic contribution to the local community.

The Civic Trust Awards archive contains original application forms, supplementary materials and photos from a wide variety of projects that have won Awards since 1959. The aim of the Built Environment Network (BE-Net) Education Project is to transform this data into a valuable digital resource, comprising the archive content from the last five decades of Civic Trust Awards winners.

BE-Net will be a web-based information and education resource which addresses a range of education needs for schools, higher education research, industry practitioners and professionals, heritage groups, built environment community groups and the general public.

The project will involve volunteers in the digitisation of the archive and will engage teachers and school children in the production of learning materials that can be used in other schools. Universities will help in the development of learning resources and in the retro-assessment of past winning schemes in the North West, revisiting past projects to gather new information about their performance over time and to determine shifts in public perception or community impact.

BE-Net will be made available as an on-line resource to community groups for heritage research purposes. Built Environment professionals/practitioners will also be able to access the database to inform decisions about future development.

Commenting on receipt of the HLF grant, from the Civic Trust Awards, Malcolm Hankey said: “The BE-Net project will provide an unrivalled source of information from both an educational and industry perspective and we are delighted to be able to secure Heritage Lottery Fund support to finally make this idea a reality.”

Explaining the importance of the HLF support, Sara Hilton, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund in the North West said, “Heritage Lottery Fund is delighted to be able to support the Civic Trust Awards with the BE-Net project. Saving our historic archives is important as they provide such a valuable resource for anyone wanting to explore their past. The BE-Net project is bursting with valuable information and pictures charting the developments in architecture and design over the last 50 years.”

To keep up-to-date with the Built Environment Network (BE-Net), follow on twitter @BuiltEnvNetwork and @CTAwards

16 Jan 2012

Civic Trust Awards 2012 – Winners

2012 Civic Trust Awards Winners Announced


From 306 national and international entries, 52 projects have been recognised by the prestigious Civic Trust Awards at a ceremony held at The Hub in Edinburgh supported by the City of Edinburgh Council. Awards were presented to the best new buildings, public spaces, restorations and public art by Civic Trust Awards Patron, architect and TV presenter George Clarke and Civic Trust Awards Managing Director Malcolm Hankey.

Councillor Stuart McIvor, vice-convenor of the City of Edinburgh Council’s Planning Committee, who opened the event said: “It’s a great honour for Edinburgh to be hosting this year’s Civic Trust Awards ceremony which recognise the very best the world of architecture and design has to offer. Once again there are some extremely high quality entries in this year’s awards which have all made a positive impact in their local communities and on the environment.”

Civic Trust Awards Managing Director, Malcolm Hankey said: “The Civic Trust Awards celebrate not only design excellence, but also the relationship between structures, places, the environment and communities. Winning projects have demonstrated architectural excellence whilst offering cultural, social or economic benefit to the local community. We are delighted to bring the 2012 Civic Trust Awards Ceremony to Edinburgh and would like to take this opportunity to thank the City of Edinburgh Council for their support. The event attracted hundreds of leading architects and built environment professionals to the historic city for a wonderful evening of celebration.”

From 27 Award winning schemes, Six Special Awards were given to Civic Trust Award winning projects that have demonstrated outstanding credentials in specific areas. The Special Awards are:

• Special Award for Scotland – National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh
Gareth Hoskins Architects
National Museum of Scotland
photo ©

Supported by The City of Edinburgh Council and Glasgow City Council.

• Special Award for Community Impact and Engagement – The Longest Bench in Littlehampton
Studio Weave
The Longest Bench
photo © David Barbour

This Special Award is presented to a scheme that has demonstrated how successful community engagement can help deliver the highest standards of design whilst meeting the needs of local people.

• Special Award for Sustainability – Brockholes Visitor Centre in Preston, Lancashire
Adam Khan Architects
Brockholes Visitor Centre
photo © Ioana Marinescu

This Special Award is presented a project that demonstrates excellent sustainability credentials in terms of overall design parameters, material selection, construction methods and long term energy consumption.

• Michael Middleton Special Award – The Holburne Museum of Art in Bath
Eric Parry Architects
Holburne Museum
image : Paul Riddle

An outstanding building, which has been beautifully detailed and constructed. This Special Award, a memorial to the former Civic Trust Director Michael Middleton OBE, is presented to a restoration project or new build within a conservation area.

The Hepworth Wakefield in Yorkshire
David Chipperfield Architects
The Hepworth
Courtesy The Hepworth Wakefield. photo © Iwan Baan

This Special Award was selected by National Panel members as their favourite scheme from this year’s Award winning projects.

The Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design in recognition of architect and founding figure of inclusive and accessible design, Selwyn Goldsmith went to the Priory Church in Wales Primary School in Powys
Petersen Williams
Priory Church in Wales Primary School
photo © Tom Roe

The Civic Trust Awards partnered with the Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE) to deliver this new Awards scheme and the winning recipient of this Award was selected by a specially convened panel of inclusive design experts including Selwyn’s wife Becky, who presented the Award to the winning scheme.

AWARD WINNERS (27 projects)

Awards: Given to projects that make an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the environment. Award level schemes must demonstrate excellence in architecture or design, sustainability, inclusive design and make a positive social, cultural, environmental or economic benefit to the local community.

• Arc and The Apex, Bury St Edmunds by Hopkins Architects Partnership LLP
• Brockholes Visitor Centre, Preston, Lancashire by Adam Khan Architects
• H10 London Waterloo, Southwark by Maccreanor Lavington
• Hackney Marshes Centre, Hackney by Stanton Williams
• Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik Iceland by Henning Larsen
• Hospice Djursland, Denmark by C. F. Moller Architects
• Kendrew Quadrangle, Oxford by MJP Architects
• Las Arenas, Barcelona, Spain by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
• Lyric Theatre Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland by O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects
• Michael Faraday Community School, Southwark by Archial
• National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland by Gareth Hoskins Architects Limited
• Prince’s Gardens: Imperial College, London Halls of Residence, Kensington & Chelsea by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (International) PA
• Pudding Mill Lane Pumping Station, Newham by John Lyall Architects
• Royal Conservatory TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, Toronto, Canada by Marianne McKenna
• Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff, Wales by BFLS
• Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge, Cambridge by Stanton Williams
• Stanislavsky Factory, Moscow, Russia by John McAslan + Partners
• The Granary, Barking & Dagenham by Pollard Thomas Edwards architects
• The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield, Yorkshire by David Chipperfield Architects
• The Holburne Museum of Art, Bath by Eric Parry Architects
• The Iron Market, Port-au-Prince, Haiti by John McAslan + Partners
• The Longest Bench, Littlehampton, Arun by Studio Weave
• The Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres Transformation, Stratford-on-Avon by Bennetts Associates Architects
• The Scotsman Steps, Edinburgh, Scotland by Haworth Tompkins
• University of Wales, Newport, Newport, Wales by BDP
• University of Winchester’s Performing Arts Faculty Studios, Winchester by Design Engine Architects Ltd.
• Wexford County Council Headquarters, Co.Wexford, Republic of Ireland by Robin Lee Architecture in association with Arthur Gibney & Partners


Commendations: Given to projects that make a significant contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment. Commendation level schemes demonstrate a good standard of architecture or design, sustainability, inclusive design and provide a positive social, cultural, environmental or economic benefit to the local community.

• Chelsea Academy, Kensington & Chelsea by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
• Corby Cube, Corby, Northamptonshire by HawkinsBrown
• Crown Woods College, Greenwich by Nicholas Hare Architects LLP
• Forest Park Special School, Southampton by Hampshire County Council Property Services
• Gosport Railway Station, Hampshire by Re-Format
• Maggie’s Centre, Cheltenham by MJP Architects
• New Horizon Youth Centre, Camden by Adam Khan Architects
• Plaza Super Cinema, Stockport, Cheshire by Brock Carmichael Architects
• Sammy Ofer Wing, Greenwich by C. F. Moller Architects
• Saxton, Leeds, Yorkshire by Union North
• South London Gallery, Southwark by 6a Architects
• Splash Point, Worthing by craft:pegg
• The Triangle, Swindon by Glenn Howells Architects
• Turner Contemporary, Margate, Kent by David Chipperfield Architects
• UNISON HQ, Camden by Squire and Partners
• Warrior Square Gardens, Southend-on-Sea by Gillespies
• Watts Gallery, Guildford by ZMMA
• Zero Carbon House, Birmingham by John Christophers


Community Recognitions: Given to projects that provide a positive social, cultural, environmental or economic benefit to the local community.
• Cockermouth Shopfront Heritage Grant Scheme, Allerdale, Cumbria by Red Raven Design, Green Design Group & Day Cummings
• Crewe YMCA, Crewe by Terence O’Rourke Ltd.
• Horsley Church 3 in 1, Gloucestershire by Millar+Howard Workshop
• Klong Toey Community Lantern, Bangkok, Thailand by TYIN tegnestue Architect
• Priory Church in Wales Primary School, Powys, Wales, Petersen Williams
• Wem Town Hall, Shropshire by Baart Harries Newall
• Westfield Folk House, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire by Lewis & Hickey Architects

16 Jan 2012

Civic Trust Awards 2012 Shortlist

2012 Civic Trust Awards – Shortlist of Winners
Brockholes Visitor Centre
photo © Ioana Marinescu
Civic Trust Awards 2012

To see all listed projects on a single map please follow this link.

Civic Trust Awards Winners – Previous Years

Civic Trust Award Winners 2011

Civic Trust Awards 2011
Norwich Cathedral Visitors Centre
photo : Paul Tyagi

Civic Trust Awards 2010

Civic Trust Awards 2010

Civic Trust Awards 2010 Scotland Shortlist


Civic Trust Awards 2009

Civic Trust Awards 2009 : information from BDP Architects

Civic Trust Awards 2008

Civic Trust Awards 2008

Stirling Prize

Scottish Housing

Scottish Architecture

RIBA Awards

Roses Design Awards

Saltire Awards

BCO Awards

Civic Trust Awards Scotland 2003

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