The Civic Trust has launched its 40th awards competition for architecture and environmental designs completed between 1 January 1997 and 31 July 1999. The year 2000 event has seven special awards including a new one for lighting. There will be around 20 winners, 60 commendations and 30 mentions. The other special awards are for sustainability, landscape, access, urban design, public and private partnership and centre vision for town or city centre schemes. The closing date is 17 September with winners announced on 23 March 2000. Contact Julia Thrift, awards manager, 0171 930 0914.