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Urban focus at Civic Trust Awards

Projects as diverse as a train station in Sunderland and a sound sculpture in Gateshead were celebrated last night as the Civic Trust dished out more than 40 awards at a ceremony in Bristol. The annual event - which this year focused on urban projects - also featured nine 'special awards', including a sustainability award for Bill Dunster's BedZED and an access award for Levitt Bernstein's LSO St Luke's in London's Islington.

Among the other winners were Lifschutz Davidson's Golden Jubilee Bridges in London, Arup Associates' City of Manchester Stadium and Studio Daniel Libeskind's Imperial Museum North.

Also celebrated were 53 commendations - featuring Austin-Smith: Lord's FACT centre in Liverpool - and 38 mentions, which included Frank Gehry's Maggie's Centre in Dundee.

Civic Trust awards manager Vivienne Newlands praised all the projects that picked up gongs. 'Award winners are projects that have a positive impact, not simply in restoration or redevelopment terms, but on the wider streetscape, on the public realm, and on the sense of place. The Civic Trust Awards prove not just that high-quality, inclusive development exists, but that we do not need to settle for anything less.

'We are pleased to recognise those clients, architects and developers who take a holistic view, and who should be immensely proud of the places they create, ' Newlands added.

To access the full list, visit the Editor's Choice section at www. ajplus. co. uk CENTRE VISION SPECIAL AWARD The Christchurch Centre of Excellence in Belfast by Consarc Conservation SPECIAL AWARD FOR URBAN DESIGN Millennium Quarter in Manchester by BDP, The Hurd Rolland Partnership, Ian Simpson Architects and Martha Schwartz SPECIAL AWARD FOR ACCESS LSO St Luke's in Islington by Levitt Bernstein SPECIAL AWARD FOR CULTURE AND REGENERATION Kingston Communications Stadium in Kingston-upon-Hull by the Miller Partnership SPECIAL AWARD FOR HARD LANDSCAPING Trafalgar Square in London by Foster and Partners NORTHERN IRELAND PUBLIC REALM SPECIAL AWARD New Bar Library in Belfast by Robinson McIlwaine SPECIAL AWARD FOR PARTNERSHIP Refurbishment of Brompton House and Sydenham House in Liverpool by Pollard Thomas Edwards SPECIAL AWARD FOR SUSTAINABILITY BedZed in Sutton by Bill Dunster Architects SPECIAL AWARD FOR WELSH REGENERATION The Swansea Sail Bridge in Swansea by Wilkinson Eyre Architects

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