St Albans Civic Society celebrates imaginative development and design initiatives which have been completed within the city in the previous two years – 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.

The Awards Process

Members of the Society and the general public are invited to submit suggestions for consideration by our Awards Panel.  For the current Awards, projects are eligible if they have been completed in the two and a half years to 31st August 2023. The criteria we consider include: Quality of Concept, Quality of Design, Quality of Realisation or Finish, Fit with Context, and Overall Impact. Nominations are reviewed by our awards panel who then arrange to view those they are considering for shortlisting.  We aim shortlist under a number of different categories which usually cover: Commercial, Domestic, Environment/Public Space and the Trevelyan Award for Conservation.  Nominations have closed for the current year and will open again after this year’s awards presentation.

The awards presentation takes place on 21 May 2024 at the Abbey Theatre where the entries are showcased and the winners revealed. The shortlist has been announced and you can view the details here

Previous Awards Winners

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. One project was given the Society’s 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
Architect: Simpson&Brown
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.

Residential Buildings

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

Commercial Buildings

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




Upcoming Events

Our 2024 programme will run through the Spring with in person talks including a social gathering before and afterwards. Details appear here as dates are confirmed

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

The membership / financial year runs from 1st April through to 31st March but you may of course join at any time so don’t delay, join today!

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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.