Civic Update

21 July 2017

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The Stirling Prize shortlist was announced this week and six very different projects have been shortlisted for architecture's greatest prize. Or is it?

Russ Hamilton, Civic Voice Design Award judge said at our award ceremony last week "This award has to be the benchmark for all architects to aspire. Not to have a scheme that wins a RIBA or another industry award. But to aspire to have a scheme that wins a Civic Voice Design Award. I don’t think you can have any greater recognition as an architect than to know the building you designed is loved by the community and is being celebrated by the community. That it is being put forward by the community as a national standard. That really is a seal of approval."

So we thought, with the Stirling Prize in the news, we will show you what communities think are the real buildings across England that are making the biggest impact in their community. At an event sponsored by Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners at the world famous The Leadenhall Building, Civic Voice handed out 11 awards to a variety of schemes and projects from across England.

Download the Civic Voice Design Award brochure here.

See the images from Civic Voice Design Awards Ceremony here.

Max Farrell, Chair of the Civic Voice Design Award judges said: "Engaging with the community to achieve high quality design? It seems such a strange thought for some. But, it is happening. The awards are examples of that. We hope we are enabling more communities to find their voice and say; “If they can have that, why can’t we?” As judges, we want to demonstrate that with the right architect and the right imagination, high quality development can be achieved in partnership with the community."

We agree with Russ, every architect should be aspiring to have a scheme that wins a Civic Voice Design Award, but we do think the six schemes for the Stirling are pretty impressive too!

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Winton Chapel, Winchester is overall winner of Design Awards

Photograph: Interior of window and link to video

Nominated by Civic Voice member, City of Winchester Trust, the Civic Voice Design Award Overall Winner for 2017 went to Winton Chapel, Winchester.

Winton Chapel demonstrates the potential of universities to make positive contributions to our communities, both in terms of reaching out to local communities and in bringing high quality architecture to our towns and cities. Incredibly restrained and beautifully simple, with a contemporary graphic quality and bold use of materials, architecturally, this is a fascinating project. Its clever integration of sacred and secular spaces and beautiful detailing serves as fine example to others on how our ecclesiastical buildings can be used and adapted to meet the demands of the modern world.

Winton Chapel (2017) follows on from Gloucester Services (2015) and Alder Hey (2016) as being an overall winner in the Civic Voice Design Awards.

Please do click the image above to watch a short video of the Civic Voice Design Award overall winner.

Photograph: External view of chapel

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Design Awards masterclass shared lessons of shortlisted schemes

Photograph: Ian Hardy lecturing the masterclass Photograph: Lecture class

We organised our first ever Civic Voice Design Award masterclass last week and were delighted to say that it was held in the Cheesegrater supported by Richard Rogers Partnership. Delegates who attend the masterclass heard from speakers from a range of Civic Voice Design award shortlisted schemes. The purpose was to share the lessons of successful schemes.

Schemes including Grey to Green (Sheffield), Winton Chapel (Winchester) and White Hart Hotel (Retford) all delivered talks on the scheme with a particular emphasis on how the community played a part in shaping the project.

It was an opportunity to discuss and debate different approaches to public engagement and to hear why other Civic Voice members across the country have been submitting schemes for the awards.

The Civic Voice Design Award masterclass was free to Civic Voice members and £50 for non-members with event being chaired by Paul Bedwell, Civic Voice Trustee. Civic Voice members including The Guildford Society, The Worcester Society, Southgate & District Civic Trust and Blackpool Civic Trust all attended the masterclass.

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Sheffield Grey to Green winner of public realm category

Photograph: Rebecca Burns, British Land; Duncan Bradbury, Sheffield City Council & Paul Bedwell, Sheffield Civic Trust

Rebecca Burns, British Land; Duncan Bradbury, Sheffield City Council & Paul Bedwell, Sheffield Civic Trust

Nominated by Civic Voice member, Sheffield Civic Trust, innovative and inspiring, Grey to Green (phase 1) is an impressive multi-purpose public space that demonstrates a new approach to improving the quality of the public realm in our town and city centres. The project has enhanced the public realm, made walking and cycling more attractive and enjoyable and improved connectivity between Sheffield’s Riverside Business District and the rest of the city centre.

The first phase of a 1.3km corridor of improvements, currently the largest planned retro-fit SUDS scheme in the UK, the project has taken an innovative approach to water management using a mix of natural and recycled materials and perennial low maintenance planting. The area’s heritage has been celebrated using five eye-catching public art ‘totems’ which reveal some of the area’s colourful and unexpected history and associations. High quality landscaping, materials and bold, playful public art have created attractive civic spaces, providing opportunities for social interaction and enjoyment of nature.

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Photograph: Phase 1 of scheme showing landscaping

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Deborah Lamb, Deputy CEO of Historic England presents Historic Buildings category

Photograph: Deborah Lamb, Historic England CEO; Design Engine Architects and University of Winbchester

Deborah Lamb, Historic England CEO; Design Engine Architects and University of Winbchester

Photograph: Deborah Lamb (Historic England) (Rachel Barrett, Churches Conservation Trust; Tony Marsden, Ipswich Society Photograph: Si Cunningham, Bradford Civic Society and Deborah Lamb (Historic England)

Left: Deborah Lamb (Historic England) (Rachel Barrett, Churches Conservation Trust; Tony Marsden, Ipswich Society. Right: Si Cunningham, Bradford Civic Society and Deborah Lamb (Historic England)

This year’s shortlist continues to showcase the everyday heritage that we all have in our communities. Our everyday heritage is as important as the national treasures such as Stonehenge. We all know why we need to protect Stonehenge but what is much more challenging is to find funding solutions for the local projects, the neglected buildings at the of the street that need a bit of TLC. These projects require different solutions. They require the community wanting/needing/demanding that something happens. These buildings require local civic champions. The winners in the Historic Buildings category each had civic champions driving forward these schemes.

Winton Chapel. Winchester - Category Winner

Nominated by Civic Voice member, The City of Winchester Trust, Winton Chapel demonstrates the potential of universities to make positive contributions to our communities, both in terms of reaching out to local communities and in bringing high quality architecture to our towns and cities. Incredibly restrained and beautifully simple, with a contemporary graphic quality and bold use of materials, architecturally, this is a fascinating project. Its clever integration of sacred and secular spaces and beautiful detailing serves as fine example to others on how our ecclesiastical buildings can be used and adapted to meet the demands of the modern world.

Sunbridge Wells, Bradford - Highly Commended

Nominated by Civic Voice member, Bradford Civic Society, the judges said "We just loved this bold project for its imaginative restoration of a derelict heritage asset, ambitious conservation effort and its positive economic regenerative effect. A beacon of hop"

Quay Place, Ipswich - Highly CommendedK

Nominated by The Ipswich Society, Quay Place demonstrates high quality conservation, beautiful detailing, creative new build solutions and the power of locally driven thinking to imagine what the building could become. It’s a real jewel in an area in early stages of regeneration with more to do and offers an example of what can be achieved.

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Civic Voice Chair, Joan Humble presents Bath Western Terrace with Housing Award

Photograph: Overhead shot of Western Terrace Photograph: Joan Humble presenting the Housing award Photograph: View into interior plaza

Nominated by Civic Voice member, Bath Preservation Trust. Western Riverside Terrace is part of a larger Crest Nicholson regeneration project to develop 44 acres of former industrial land into a new residential quarter for the city of Bath. The development provides much needed new housing in an area of wholesale regeneration where a new community is being established. This scheme goes against the trend of ‘everywhere architecture’, instead creating an original and thoughtful contemporary housing scheme which harmonises with the surrounding Georgian townscape but also surprises the onlooker with a variety of punctuated elevations, planes and views through the site.

Russ Hamilton, introducing the awards said "This is a stunning housing development which provides an interesting contemporary take on a proud local identity. It is good to see something new and intelligent in the housing sector, particularly within a World Heritage Site, and demonstrates to other developers that high quality housing can be achieved and you can be bold in a historic setting.

Joan Humble, Chair of Civic Voice is presenting the award to Alison Brooks Architect.

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Warwick Community Hall, Burford winner of New Build award

Photograph: Warwick Community Hall Photograph: Joan Humble presenting award Photograph: Internal shot

Civic Voice Chair, Joan Humble was delighted to present the category winner for a new build project to Warwick Hall, Burford.

The project is, and will continue to be, an outstanding success made possible only because the church and the town combined to bring it about. This collaborative partnership ensured that the many obstacles encountered along the way, including fundraising from the local community without borrowing, fighting for permissions and faculties as well as the usual onsite construction challenges, were overcome.

It is a wonderful example of what contemporary architecture can achieve within a highly sensitive historic location. Bold, but sympathetic to its surroundings, the final design seamlessly integrates old and new and the community building has a beautiful composition and sense of space. The Civic Voice Design Awards judges applauded the Burford community for its partnership approach, as this project demonstrates what a community can achieve when it works together.

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Laura Sandys presents Special Conservation Area Awards

Photograph: Si Cunningham, Chairman of Bradford Civic Society receiving award from Laura Sandys

Si Cunningham, Chairman of Bradford Civic Society receiving award from Laura Sandys

Photograph: Award presentation for Cedars Hall, Wells Photograph: Award presentation for Warwick Hall Community Centre, Burford

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Civic Amenities Act 1967 and to recognise and highlight outstanding development within a Conservation Area, the Civic Voice Design Awards judges awarded 3 Special awards to projects from across England for enhancing a conservation area.

Sunbridge Wells, Bradford; Cedars Hall, Wells and Warwick Hall Community Centre, Burford each won a Special Award for making an outstanding contribution to a conservation area.

Max Farrell, Chair of the Civic Voice Design Awards said “Today there are approximately 10,000 Conservation Areas across the UK. Conservation Areas are as much a part of the fabric of this country as the Green Belt is in shaping our cities, towns and villages. Along with my fellow judges, we are giving consideration to a dedicated award focused on improving the management and standard of conservation areas”

Laura Sandys, Vice-President of Civic Voice finished by saying “Along with my mother, I was delighted to be invited to present these awards. I am delighted that as part of the 50th anniversary of the Civic Amenities Act that Sunbridge Wells, Bradford; Cedars Hall, Wells and Warwick Hall Community Centre, Burford have all won a Special Award. When my father introduced this Act in 1967 he wanted to demonstrate what can be done when we realise the historic environment is an asset not a barrier for our urban areas. I look forward to visiting each scheme in the very near future, on a Civic Voice Design Award study tour.”

Photograph: Sunbridge Wells, Bradford Photograph: Cedars Hall, Wells

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Civic Voice team say join us to say "I care about where I live"

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Whether you are a Civic Voice Design Award applicant or not we encourage communities and individuals across the country to think about lessons coming forward from the awards.

Engaging with the community to achieve high quality design? It seems such a strange thought for some. But, it is happening. The awards are examples of that. We hope we are enabling more communities to find their voice and say; “If they can have that, why can’t we?” We want to demonstrate that with the right architect and the right imagination, high quality development can be achieved in partnership with the community.

Join Civic Voice today here

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Membership News


This section of civic update aims to give you a snap shot of what our members are doing locally to promote civic pride in their area. If you are a member of Civic Voice and are proud of what you have done this week, email your story to ben.murray@civicvoice.org.uk.

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Quay Place in Ipswich wins Civic Voice Design Award

Photograph: Quay Place, Ipswich

Quay Place, Ipswich

Quay Place, Ipswich has won the Highly Commended award in the Historic Buildings category of the Civic Voice Design Awards 2017. The prestigious prize was given at the awards ceremony in London on Friday night, where Rachel Barrett from the Churches Conservation Trust and Ipswich Society vice-chairman Tony Marsden accepted the award.

The building has been nominated for a National Lottery Award, which requires public votes to win a £5,000 grant. To vote for Quay Place, visit the website here.

Read more here.

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New chairman of Oxford Civic Society, sets out his goals

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I am delighted to have been elected as the new chairman of Oxford Civic Society. The society has a very successful record of influencing change in ways that have benefited the city. My aim is to continue to do this, particularly at a time which is challenging for the city and its region.

It is my intention that the society will continue to question the need for piecemeal development, social inequality, mediocre building stock, traffic congestion, dysfunctional governance and the lack of a far-sighted vision for the city and its region.

Read the full speech here.

 

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Next Yorkshire regional meeting heading to Hornsea!

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The next Yorkshire regional gathering will be taking place in Hornsea on Saturday 29th July in association with Hornsea Civic Society. As usual, the local civic society will be arranging a meal for the Friday evening, 28th July, and guided walks on the Saturday morning for anyone wishing to spend more time in the town.

YHACS recently organised a ‘Futures’ workshop in Wakefield and are proposing to spend some of our time at the Hornsea event discussing the future of the movement – what steps can we take, for example, to recruit and retain members and so on, to ensure that our civic societies are sustainable and have a secure future. We are sure they’d be particularly interested to hear from any of Civic Voice member societies across England who can provide examples of recruiting members. We were particularly pleased that York Civic Trust managed to recruit 60 new members at an event! Read more here.

For more information on this event. get in touch with Kevin Trickett here.

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