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. Download Awards 2019-20 brochure here
Winner of the Civic Society’s Plaque and the Trevelyan Prize
Cathedral Visitor Centre
Client: St Albans Cathedral
Builder: Thomas Sinden
The Welcome Centre of St Albans Cathedral creates a modern, attractive entrance to the Cathedral, with a shop, visitor information desk and access to the Chapter House facilities.
The design is distinctive and fully realised by the quality of construction and workmanship.
Winners: Beaumont Gardens & Barncroft Way
Beaumont Gardens is the former Beaumont Works, now Grade II listed and dating from the beginning of the 20th century. Retaining the integrity of these elements was key to this conversion. Overall the scheme created 58 new apartments and has proved a great success, well received by the local community.
Barncroft Way is a stylish re-fit of a 1970`s house, while respecting its neighbours, retains a sense of the original building, bringing it up to date. The relationship between the new cladding and the existing facade creates interesting spaces and the end result is a well designed and crafted home.
- HIGHLY COMMENDED Oak Tree Gardens
- COMMENDED: Abbey Avenue
Winner: 40-42 London Road
Client: Pricketts Ltd
Architect: Briffa Phillips
Builder: Life Build Ltd
This building has replaced a former Blockbusters Store and Morrisons Mini-Market. It is a complete new building, using traditional forms and materials, and has made great efforts to link with the neighbouring properties, both in scale and in its use of materials, giving it a quiet and assured presence.
- 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. Get looking about now. Please provide a brief description and thoughts on why it should be considered. You do not have to be a Society member to nominate, so tell your friends. Send your nominations to us email@example.com