- Civic Trust
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.
Award winning schemes, which received a plaque, included:
- Hallgate, Blackheath Park, London, 1961.
- Nottingham Playhouse 1966.
- Severn Bridge 1968.
- Centenary Building, University of Salford, 1997.
- Saint Malachy's Church, Belfast, 2010.
Winning schemes are also considered for a sponsored Special Award.
The Civic Trust Awards has recently established an Advisory Group and still retains the full support of its National Panel of judges and volunteer assessors.
- City of Winchester Trust
- Civic Trust for Wales
- Cockburn Association (Edinburgh Civic Trust)
- The Birmingham Civic Society
- Bourne Civic Society
- Leeds Civic Trust
- Nottingham Civic Society
- The Scottish Civic Trust
- Swindon Civic Trust
- York Civic Trust
- ^ http://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/shock-as-civic-trust-folds/5200612.article
- ^ http://www.landscape.co.uk/news/601
- ^ http://www.civicsocietyinitiative.org.uk
- ^ "The National Trust Magazine". News (Autumn 2009): p11.
- ^ http://www.civictrustawards.org.uk/assessors/
- ^ http://www.civictrustawards.org.uk/winners/special-award-winners/
- ^ http://www.civictrustawards.org.uk/
- ^ City of Winchester Trust, UK.
- ^ York Civic Trust, UK.
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