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 for 2023
Members of the Society and the general public are invited to submit suggestions for consideration by our Awards Panel by 30 November 2023. All such 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. The Award Categories will usually cover: Commercial, Domestic, Environment/Public Space and the Trevelyan Award for Conservation. Send us your nominations with 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. Email details to firstname.lastname@example.org
The awards presentation takes place in the Spring at an event where the entries are showcased and the winners revealed.
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.
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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.
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