The Civic Trust is celebrating its 40th anniversary by taking the unusual step of reviewing its awards-winners over the period to see which buildings have endured most successfully.
The trust, with sponsors Railtrack and Land Securities, has shortlisted six schemes across a range of sectors after contacting building users to see whether they'd lived up to their early promises. It also reviewed the trust's judges' initial views and will honour the ultimate winner with a 40th anniversary plaque to be presented on March 23.
The six are: Powell and Moya's Churchill Gardens in Pimlico (a 1961 award winner); Freeman, Fox & Partners and Mott Hay & Anderson's Severn Bridge (1968);
Feilden Mawson's Chesterfield Town Centre (1982);
Wigan Pier (1987); Corporation of Lloyd's, Chatham (1980) and the Patrick Gwynne-designed extension to the Theatre Royal in York (1969).
These were plucked from 1025 projects which won Civic Trust awards over the years by a judging panel including past RIBA president Bryan Jefferson and former AJ buildings editor Marcus Field.