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.

Awards Winner 2021

For its Awards, the Society looks for projects that contribute to the preservation and enhancement of the character of St Albans, and achieve the highest standards of architecture, planning, landscaping and civic design. This year, one project was given the Society’s Annual Award and plaque, and three projects were recognised as winners in the residential and commercial buildings category. These awards cover projects completed in 2019 and 2020 and were presented on 4 October 2021.

Winner of the Civic Society’s Plaque and the Trevelyan Prize

Cathedral Visitor Centre

Residential Buildings

Winners: Beaumont Gardens & Barncroft Way


  • HIGHLY COMMENDED Oak Tree Gardens
  • COMMENDED: Abbey Avenue

Commercial Buildings

Winner: 40-42 London Road


  • HIGHLY COMMENDED The Old Pump House
  • COMMENDED ➢Books On The Hill ➢Flower Box ➢Must Wines ➢Crepe Affaire

The Awards Process

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 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.

Upcoming Events

A programme of online speaker meetings ran through the first part of 2021. In person events resumed in September.

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Membership is open to everyone who shares our aim to make our City attractive for residents and visitors.

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Do you know of a project that might deserve recognition in the Society’s Awards? These can be for new developments, large or small, but could be for a small extension, restored windows on a period property, or a rebuilt wall. Its not just about buildings either. Remember the Society’s Awards cover things that enhance the quality of St Albans environment or amenities and the Trevelyan Award is presented for a conservation project.

Get looking about now. Send your nominations to us Please provide a brief description and thoughts on why it should be considered.