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Civic Voice Design Awards

2017 Shortlist

Photograph: Alder Hey hospital

Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement, has today announced the shortlist for the third annual Civic Voice Design Awards.

Joan Humble, the Chair of Civic Voice, today announced the Civic Voice Design Award shortlist for 2017 whilst visiting Alder Hey Hospital, Liverpool (Civic Voice Design Award overall winner 2016).

Joan announced that 18 schemes from across England have been shortlisted by the expert judging panel for their high quality design and positive impact on the local community. The awards are sponsored by British Land and Farrells.

Unique in England, the Civic Voice Design Awards give communities the opportunity to nominate and celebrate well-designed new build, housing, heritage and public realm projects in their local area, that they are proud of.

The judging panel has shortlisted schemes in the following categories:

Max Farrell, partner at Farrells said: “I was thrilled to chair the Civic Voice Design Awards once again. They align so well with the recommendations of the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment published in 2014. It is great to hear the community stories behind the nominated projects and to see architecture and urban design having a tangible positive impact on the lives of people throughout the country.”

The awards ceremony, which will announce the winners of each category, will be held in Parliament in the summer 2017.

Photograph: modern buildingPhotoghraph: landscaped public square

Recognising new developments that communities say add value to their local built environment.

Showcasing public realm improvements that contribute to creating great places to live, work and enjoy.

Photograph: new housingPhotograph: inside old church

Highlighting new housing developments that local communities are proud of.

Celebrating historic buildings that have been re-used, retro-fitted or refurbished.

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New Build

Photograph: Cedars Hall Photograph: Remembrance Centre Photograph: STIHL Treetop Walkway Photograph: Warwich Hall Community Centre

Images (clockwise from top left): Cedars Hall, Remembrance Centre, Warwick Hall Community Centre, STIHL Treetop Walkway.

Cedars Hall, Wells (South West) – A state of the art performance, teaching and learning centre built within the ancient footprint of Wells Cathedral School, providing a 350-seat recital auditorium for both pupils and the wider community to enjoy the thrill of live music.

Remembrance Centre, National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas (West Midlands) – A new £15.7m Remembrance Centre designed as a group of ‘pavilions in the landscape’ which provides a gateway into the 150-acre arboretum and is home to exhibition, interpretation, retail and café spaces and a learning centre.

STIHL Treetop Walkway, Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire (South West) – The Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum raised £1.9m to build a new high-level walkway which, using the natural topography of the land, allows visitors to view and experience the Grade I listed Westonbirt Arboretum, one of the finest tree collections in the world.

Warwick Hall Community Centre, Burford (South East) – A bold redevelopment project to extend and adapt the Grade II listed Warwick Hall to create a new, modern, flexible and multi-functional community facility within a unique and historically sensitive church setting.

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Public Realm

Photograph: Balham High Road Photograph: Barton Beck Photograph: Grey to Green Photograph: Grylls Monument Walk

Clockwise from top left: Balham High Road, Barton Beck, Grylls Monument Walk, Grey to Green.

Balham High Road, Balham (Greater London) – A collection of public realm and public art improvements within the town centre to create a vibrant market and café strip, help link Balham’s public spaces, promote its identity and encourage visitors to explore the area.

Barton Beck restoration, Barton-upon-Humber (Yorkshire & The Humber) – A locally driven project to restore a badly neglected and overgrown historic spring fed pond, the Barton Beck, back to life in the heart of the town.

Grey to Green (Phase 1), Sheffield (Yorkshire & The Humber) – A new approach to transforming redundant road space in the city centre into a network of green and public spaces, including meadows and rain gardens, providing sustainable drainage.

Grylls Monument Walk, Helston (South West) – A series of public realm improvements to enhance the setting, interpretation and understanding of the Grylls Monument, a key historical landmark in the centre of Helston, Cornwall.

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Historic Buildings

Photograph: Winton Chapel Photograph: Sunny Bank Mills Photograph: Sunbridge Wells Photograph: The White Hart Hotel Photograph: Quay Place Photograph: Dronfield Hall Barn Photograph: The Bandstand

Clockwise from top: Winton Chapel, Sunbridge Wells, Quay Place, The Bandstand, Dronfield Hall Barn, The White Hart Hotel, Sunny Bank Mills.

The Bandstand, Sandown, Isle of Wight (South East) – The restoration, refurbishment and conversion of an early 20th century bandstand, which had sadly become a derelict eyesore, into a thriving restaurant and potential catalyst for wider regeneration of Sandown seafront.

Dronfield Hall Barn Project, Dronfield (East Midlands) – A locally driven mission to rescue the crumbling Grade II* listed Dronfield Hall Barn, the oldest surviving domestic building within the town, into a community and heritage centre - a 15th century building with 21st century facilities.

Quay Place, Heritage & Wellbeing Centre, Ipswich (East of England) – A £5.1m scheme, led jointly by the Churches Conservation Trust and the mental health charity, Suffolk Mind, to rescue the Grade II* listed medieval church, St Mary at the Quay, transforming it into an inspirational wellbeing and heritage centre.

Sunbridge Wells, Bradford (Yorkshire & The Humber) – A unique project which has brought a long-forgotten network of historic tunnels underneath Bradford city centre back to life, into a subterranean leisure complex of independent boutique shops, café bars and craft market stalls.

Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley, West Yorkshire (Yorkshire & The Humber) – Sympathetic restoration of a series of historic mill buildings into a mixed-use employment hub and creative quarter, which draws upon the creative ethos of the mill when it was in use, providing flexible office space for small businesses, cafes, restaurants and an art gallery.

The White Hart Hotel, Retford (East Midlands) – Painstaking rescue and restoration of a 18th century former coaching inn, with a characterful history associated with Dick Turpin, has given the once neglected, vandalised and vacant historic building a new lease of life and is an important addition to Retford’s Heritage Trail.

Winton Chapel, University of Winchester (South East) – A contemporary renovation, re-ordering and extension of a Victorian Gothic Revival chapel, to create a modern and multi-functional place of worship, social and meeting space designed to sit as a small ‘jewel’ in the heart of the university campus.

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Photograph: Western Terrace Photograph: Symonds Close Photograph: 'New Ground'

Clockwise from top: Western Terrace, 'New Ground', Symonds Close.

'New Ground' Cohousing, Barnet (Greater London) – The first senior cohousing community to be established in the UK, ‘New Ground’ - a mixed tenure building of 25 apartments with shared amenities - was developed and is managed by the residents as a way of “staying in charge of our own lives”.

Symonds Close, Winchester (South East) – Identified as having potential for affordable housing in the community plan for the area, Winchester City Council led the sensitive redevelopment of the site to provide 12 new council homes for local families and downsizers, creating an inviting place with a sense of community.

Western Terrace, Bath Western Riverside, Bath (South West) – Forming the eastern corner of a much wider Crest Nicholson regeneration project to redevelop former industrial land into a new residential quarter, Western Terrace was conceived as three ‘variations’ on the Bath Crescent housing typology, consisting of 14 large family houses, six mews houses, six apartments, and a cafe.

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