To mark the 50th anniversary of the Civic Amenities Act 1967 and to recognise and highlight outstanding development within a Conservation Area, Civic Voice - the national charity for the civic movement – has awarded 3 Special awards to projects from across England for enhancing a conservation area.
Sunbridge Wells, Bradford; Cedars Hall, Wells and Warwick Hall Community Centre, Burford each won a Special Award at the Civic Voice Design Awards for making an outstanding contribution to a conservation area.
All award winners can be found here http://www.civicvoice.org.uk/uploads/files/Design_Awards_2017_SCREEN_reference_etc.pdf A short film about the overall winner can be seen here https://vimeo.com/218987516
Laura Sandys, Vice-President of Civic Voice said “Along with my mother, I was delighted to be invited to present these awards. I am delighted that as part of the 50th anniversary of the Civic Amenities Act that Sunbridge Wells, Bradford; Cedars Hall, Wells and Warwick Hall Community Centre, Burford have all won a Special Award. When my father introduced this Act in 1967 he wanted to demonstrate what can be done when we realise the historic environment is an asset not a barrier for our urban areas. I look forward to visiting each scheme in the very near future, on a Civic Voice Design Award study tour.”
Russ Hamilton, Civic Voice Design Award judge said at the award ceremony "This award has to be the benchmark for all architects to aspire. Not to have a scheme that wins a RIBA or another industry award. But to aspire to have a scheme that wins a Civic Voice Design Award. I don’t think you can have any greater recognition as an architect than to know the building you designed is loved by the community and is being celebrated by the community. That it is being put forward by the community as a national standard. That really is a seal of approval.
Max Farrell Chair, Design Awards judging panel said, “What makes the Civic Voice Design Awards special is that they are not the usual industry awards where professionals give awards to other professionals. Nominated and supported by local people, the awards recognise places that are loved by local people for both their high quality design and positive contribution to the local area. The Civic Voice Design Awards are unique in that they encourage communities to celebrate the best of what is happening where they live. They allow us to shine light on the amazing work of civic champions across England who are making their towns and villages a better place to live, work and enjoy. Civic Voice Design Awards winners have the potential to have a powerful effect not only on local pride, but also on local economic prosperity.”
Vanessa Gregory said “It was a fantastic event and a testament to the Civic Voice Design Awards that they have such luminaries in their judging panel. It was a huge honour to meet Laura Sandys once again and also her mother. We in the civic movement owe so much to the Sandys family. Max Farrell has been a fantastic supporter of the Civic movement too, encouraging communities to get involved in design of buildings and surrounding open spaces. Below is a presentation he gave to the Civic Society ‘All Party Parliamentary Group’ given earlier this year for you to enjoy.”