Contributed by Joan Howe


This scheme to encourage good quality design and workmanship, held many years ago in conjunction with the Borough Council, was revived this year and sixteen nominations were received across the various categories.


A(i)       New Buildings – Residential 1
 A (ii)       Commercial & Other 1
B(i)        Refurbishment – Residential  5
 B (ii)       Commercial & Other 5
C           Landscaping 4


Judging took place over a full day by a panel consisting of Architects, Designers, Conservationists, Councillors and members of the Civic Society, totalling ten in all and using the following criteria:-

Quality of design and workmanship

  • Impact and appropriateness for the site and surroundings.
  • Suitability for purpose.

The following awards were made:-


A(i)         No awards were made in this category

A(ii)        Blue Planet – Chatterley Valley   [see also P13,’ WOW’)

B(i)         Knutton  Heritage Project

B(ii)        The Guildhall

C             No awards were made in this category.


In addition to the winners, two other project received special commendations

B(i)         Maer Estate Cottages

B(ii)        St. Luke’s Church Silverdale – Stained glass window.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony to be held at the Civic Offices on 18th November.

The co-operation between the Borough Council and the Society has been excellent.  It is right that we combine our efforts on such projects since both organisations are concerned to protect all that is good in the Borough and encourage improvement.

We plan to run the same project again in two years time and hope to have even more nominations then.

Remember, nominations can be made by owners, architects, builders and members of the public, so if you see something you think should be recognised, make a note of it for the next time.

We are grateful to everyone who gave their time and expertise to enable us to proceed with this event and wish particularly to thank  Louise Wallace – Conservation Officer.