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Big in the country with Civic Trust Awards

A host of big and small projects have won gongs in Europe's biggest architectural design awards. The Civic Trust has honoured the best rural buildings of the past two years, with nine projects receiving special awards.

Michael Hopkins and Partners won the ODPM-sponsored award for best contribution to the local environment with its £64 million library, the Forum, in Norwich, while Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects'Oxstalls Campus at the University of Gloucester took the sustainability prize.

Stanton Williams landed the access award for disability provision and conservation with its Whitby Abbey Headland Project in North Yorkshire, while Nicholas Hare Architects' Chafford Hundred Campus in Thurrock won the centre vision award.

Lynher Dairy in Cornwall's Ponsanooth by Sutherland Hussey Architects won the agricultural building category; March Library in Cambridgeshire by Bernard Stilwell Architects took the market towns award; and Gale & Snowden Architects won the vital villages award for Woolfardisworthy Village Hall in Devon.

Conkers and Ashby Canal in Leicestershire by Faulks Perry Culley & Rech and Leicestershire County Council and Astral Court by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council both won regeneration awards.

The Civic Trust Awards, which alternate each year between countryside and metropolitan projects, are judged on design excellence and the relationship between the projects, the environment and their local community.As well as the nine special awards, there were 43 'awards',58 'commendations'and 56 'mentions'.

Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners'Eden Project won an award this year, as did RMJM Scotland's Falkirk Wheel. Educational projects featured most prominently, with Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects and Hampshire County Council scoring best with seven and five gongs respectively.

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