Civic Trust

Civic Trust
Civic Trust Award plaque on the Severn Bridge.

The Civic Trust of England was a charitable organisation founded in 1957. It ceased operations in 2009 and went into administration due to lack of funds/[1][2]

The Civic Society Initiative[3] was set up with the support of The National Trust, CPRE and other organisations to ensure a future for the civic society movement.[4]


Original function

Its prime purpose was to improve the quality of new and historic buildings and public spaces, and to help improve the general quality of urban life. The trust operated from two main offices, in London and Liverpool and supported a national network of civic societies. These were local groups in which volunteer members helped to improve their surroundings. It ran the Civic Trust Regeneration Unit, which supported urban renewal through programmes addressing issues of concern such as "the night time economy". It ran campaigns to influence and change thinking on civic matters, and change government policy. It helped establish conservation areas and coordinate Heritage Open Days.

Civic Trust Awards

The Civic Trust Awards was established in 1959 to recognise outstanding architecture, urban design, landscape and public are which improve the quality of life for local communities.

Whilst the Civic Trust as an umbrella organisation went into Administration in April 2009, the Civic Trust Awards have continued as an independent scheme operating on a not-for-profit basis.

Awards are given for buildings and schemes which were architecturally outstanding and made positive differences to their local community. Each entry is judged by a voluntary panel including an Architect, Inclusive Design Advisor, a representative from the Local Planning Authority and a Local Community Representative.[5]

Award winning schemes, which received a plaque, included:

Winning schemes are also considered for a sponsored Special Award.[6]

The Civic Trust Awards[7] has recently established an Advisory Group and still retains the full support of its National Panel of judges and volunteer assessors.

See also


External links

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