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Saved: Civic Trust awards ride again

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The prestigious Civic Trust awards have been rescued following the collapse of the 52-year-old Civic Trust in April

A former employee of the Civic Trust has negotiated the release of the national architecture awards from the administration process and aims to reopen entries in August 2009.

Malcolm Hankey said: ‘I am delighted to secure the future of the Civic Trust Awards. The scheme is hugely popular with built environment professionals and I am sure they will also be pleased to see it continue.’

The Civic Trust Awards ‘have a long and proud tradition of raising public awareness of the hard work that goes into looking after our historic places,’ added Seán O’Reilly, director of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation.

‘[T]he Awards also encourage low-carbon development [and that] means that their role in the 21st century is more important than it ever was.’ said O’Reilly

The awards started in 1959 and play an important role in recognising top quality design in the built environment. Past winners of the awards include St. Pancras Station, Brockwell Lido, and the University College Boathouse at Oxford by Belsize Architects.

For 52 years the Civic Trust, which was set up to champion quality of life and conservation of the built environment, influenced government policy on heritage protection, offering practical advice on planning, and helping to establish conservation areas.

However the charity went into administration in April due to the loss of a £2.2 million government contract to deliver the Green Flag Award scheme.

Heritage Open Days - another influential scheme by the Civic Trust - was rescued from administrators at the last moment by DCMS sponsored English Heritage.

Kate Pugh of umbrella organisation Heritage Link said: ‘It’s really important that the Civic Trust Awards remain independent.’

Applications for the awards open in August. Further information can be found at www.civictrustawards.org.uk or by contacting Malcolm Hankey - mhankey@civictrustawards.org.uk.




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