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Eric Parry and Wilkinson Eyre take top prizes in Civic Trust Awards 2010

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The winners of the Civic Trust Awards 2010 have been unveiled, with top awards going to Eric Parry Architects for its transformation of St Martin-in-the-Fields, and to Wilkinson Eyre for its Paradise Street Pedestrian Bridge

‘The Civic Trust Awards celebrate not only design excellence, but also the relationship between structures, places, the environment and local communities,’ said Malcolm Hankey, managing director of the awards. ‘We were delighted to see such a diverse range of projects submitted for consideration.’

Over 330 schemes were entered to the 2010 awards, and prizes were given to 50 projects in the UK, Ireland and Spain.

‘This year’s group of winners successfully illustrate how this relationship can produce effective and imaginative solutions,’ added Hankey.

Wilkinson Eyre bagged the National Panel Special Award for its Paradise Street Pedestrian Bridge in Liverpool. The ‘simple’ and ‘pragmatic’ bridge was praised for providing a distinctive community icon. BDP took the Special Award for Sustainability for its Liverpool One masterplan.


The Special Award for Restoration went to Union North for its Midland Hotel in Morecambe. The restoration of this art deco landmark was praised for being sympathetic to its surroundings, accessible and inclusive.

Eric Parry Architects took the Michael Middleton Award for St Martin-in-the-Fields, London – building conservation at its best, according to the judges.

Further restorations given awards include:

• Allan Murray Architects’ Hotel Missoni in Edinburgh (Special Award for Scotland).

• de Blacam and Meagher’s newly refurbished Abbeyleix Public Library in Laois, Ireland.

• Graham K Norman’s redevelopment of Blencow Hall in Cumbria.

• Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects’ conversion of Gunpowder Mill, Waltham Abbey, Essex.

• Consarc Design Group’s Saint Malachy’s Church in Belfast.

• Burns Architects’ work on Victor Pasmore’s Apollo Pavilion in Peterlee, County Durham.

Cultural landmarks

A number of cultural landmarks were recognised in this year’s Civic Trust Awards. Wright & Wright Architects won the Special Award for Inclusive Design for Hull Truck Theatre. The scheme was recognised for its ‘aspirational’ new building and cultural contribution to Hull.

The following projects also received awards:

• Heatherwick Studio’s Creative Arts Units at Aberystwyth, for ‘visual and spatial innovation’.

• Burd Haward Architects’ community-led, sustainable Forge venue and Caponata restaurant in Camden, London. 

• Walters and Cohen’s Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew Gardens, London, for its ‘subtle architectural refinement’.

• Terry Pawson Architects’ Centre for Contemporary Art and George Bernard Shaw Theatre in Carlow, Ireland, for ‘thoughtful’ detail.

• Keith Williams Architects’ ‘visually stunning’ Wexford Opera House, Ireland.


Artist Jaume Plensa took the Special Award for Community Engagement for Dream in St Helens, Merseyside. The project is a giant model of a girl’s head, resting on the site of the former Sutton Manor Colliery.

Other new-builds given awards include:

• Foreign Office Architects’ John Lewis department store and cineplex in Leicester, for its ‘eye-catching’ exterior.

• Patel Taylor’s ‘aesthetically pleasing’ Lowther Children’s Centre in Barnes, London.

• Bennetts Associates’ Potterrow development for the University of Edinburgh, described as an ‘exemplary’ academic building.

• Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ ‘beautiful’ Stanbrook Abbey in Yorkshire.

• Architype’s St Luke’s CE Primary School in Wolverhampton, for its emphasis on sustainability and energy efficiency.

• O’Donnell + Tuomey’s Timberyard Housing in Dublin, a regenerative housing project ‘injecting distinctive urban design into a brownfield site’.

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