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Civic Voice Design Awards

2018 Shortlist

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

12 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 Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners and Farrells.

All shortlisted schemes can be viewed on the Civic Voice Design Award website here, where the public can vote on their favourite building by selecting the "heart" on each scheme.

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 12 schemes in the following categories:

Max Farrell, Chair of the Civic Voice Design Awards 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 about the community participation and engagement behind the nominated projects and to see high quality design and construction enhancing the local historic built environment.”

The awards ceremony, which will announce the winners of each category, will be held at The Leadenhall Building, "The Cheesegrater", London on July 12th 2018. You can get tickets for the event here.


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

Theatre Royal, York Thames Lido, Reading Storeyhouse, Chester Winchester College Treasury, Winchester.jpg Turner's House, Sandycome Lodge, Twickenham

Images (clockwise from top): Theatre Royal, York; Thames Lido, Reading; Storyhouse, Chester; Winchester College Treasuryy, Winchester; Turner's House, Sandycombe Lodge, Twickenham.

Winchester College Treasury, Winchester.

Nominated by: The City of Winchester Trust

Region: South East

The medieval Warden’s Stables, part of a Grade I Listed Outer Court within Winchester College, has been lovingly transformed into Winchester College Treasury, housing the College’s fine collection of artefacts.

Thames Lido, Reading

Nominated by: Reading Civic Society

Region: South East

The local community have campaigned to restore the baths into a community facility. A sympathetic new owner has transformed the baths into a stunning, high quality leisure complex, with the baths open to the public once again.

Turner's House, Sandycombe Lodge, Twickenham

Nominated by: Friends of Turner's House

Region: Greater London

Initiated by the local community, seven year’s of hard work which included raising £2.4m and use of ‘creative demolition’ has rescued a former Building at Risk, returning it to Turner’s original vision.

Storyhouse, Chester

Nominated by: Chester Civic Trust

Region: North West

Storyhouse is Chester’s brand new £37m library, theatre, cinema and cultural centre carved from a beloved art deco Grade II listed Odeon cinema.

Theatre Royal,York

Nominated by: York Design Awards

Region: Yorkshire and Humber

Sensitive de-cluttering and sympathetic contemporary interventions have unified the wonderful patchwork of historic periods

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Recognising development that communities say add value to the local area.

Photograph: Depit Cinema, Lewes Photograph: The Enterprise Centre, University of Anglia, Norwich

Images: Depot Cinema, Lewes; The Enterprise Centre, University of Anglia, Norwich.

Depot Cinema, Lewes

Nominated by: Friends of Lewes

Region: South East

Led by a local charity, Lewes Community Screen, to bring a cinema back to Lewes, the unlisted building has been given a new lease of life, making a positive contribution to the townscape of Lewes.

The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich.

Nominated by: Norwich Society

Region: East of England

The Enterprise Centre accommodates the University of East Anglia’s enterprise activities and alongside teaching, is a hub for entrepreneurs, innovators and businesses.

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Highlighting new housing developments that local communities are proud of.

Photograph: St. Clements, Bow, London Photograph: Three Tuns Courtyard, Atherstone

Images: St. Clement's, Bow London; Three Tuns Courtyard, Atherstone

St. Clements, Bow, London

Nominated by: London Community Land Trust

Region: Greater London

In 2012, the Mayor of London agreed to establish London’s first ever Community Land Trust on the site, following a campaign by thousands of East Londoners that sought to establish a new way of provideing genuinely and permanently affordable homes. After an extensive and innovative community planning process and masterplan, the listed buildings are now refurbished and have been integrated sensitively with new buildings to create a residential quarter in this vibrant part of east London.

Three Tuns Courtyard, Atherstone

Nominated by: Atherstone Civic Society

Region: West Midlands

The Three Tuns Courtyard development has turned derelict, landlocked land into modern affordable housing with a ‘nod’ to the historic closely packed workers’ homes for the felt hat making industry built in ‘Yards’, and once prevalent in Victorian Atherstone

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

Market Place, Cirencester Photograph: Calverley Adventure Playground, Tunbridge Wells Photograph: The Piece Hall, Halifax

Images (clockwise from top left): Market Place, Cirencester; Calverley Adventure Grounds, Tunbridge Wells; The Piece Hall, Halifax.

Market Place, Cirencester

Nominated by: Cirencester Civic Society

Region: South West

Once a congestion ridden centre, with traffic slowly killing off the local market, Cirencester now has a pedestrian friendly Market Place. The scheme forms the ‘civic heart’ of Cirencester and has been carefully designed to ‘weave’ the space into the existing fabric and history of the town.

Calverley Adventure Grounds, Tunbridge Wells

Nominated by: Tunbridge Wells Civic Society

Region: South East

The site, now renamed Calverley Adventure Grounds, was once semi-derelict and an unwelcome focus for anti-social behaviour within a Conservation Area at risk in the centre of Tunbridge Wells but, with local voluntary effort and high quality design it has been revived into a thriving play space.

The Piece Hall, Halifax

Nominated by: Halifax Civic Trust

Region: Yorkshire and Humber

In 2009, Calderdale Council embarked on the major restoration of the Piece Hall which was funded by the Council, a generous £7m Heritage Lottery Fund grant and support from Garfield Weston Foundation and Wolfson Foundation.

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