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
Winners: Beaumont Gardens & Barncroft Way
- HIGHLY COMMENDED Oak Tree Gardens
- COMMENDED: Abbey Avenue
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.