The Civic Trust Awards is one of the oldest built environment award schemes in Europe. From cafes and churches to housing and hospitals, the Civic Trust Awards have rewarded over 5,600 buildings which have made a difference to local people and their communities by providing the design and facilities which have made better places for people.
They recognise the best in the built environment, from architecture to planning, townscape to infrastructure - but they are about so much more than this. They recognise the public realm in its wider context, and our continuing belief that development should be for the benefit of people - those who use it, and those who just pass by.
The 2010 Civic Trust Awards attracted over 330 entries and winning projects. Of the winning entries, two LIFT developments received awards:
MaST LIFTCo - Pendleton Gateway Centre - Commendation
A new building that offers a broad range of health services, community facilities and a library in a calm and welcoming facility. It is ideally located, adjacent to a main shopping centre and in the heart of a 1960's and 1970's housing estate with excellent public transport links. The layout of the internal spaces is logical and clear, with excellent signage and colour contrast, with the reception and central atrium making good use of natural light. The Centre has been well received by the local community and is certainly a highly utilised resource.
Camden & Islington Community Solutions - Kentish Town Health Centre - Award
An exemplary project in terms of stakeholder involvement and public engagement - clearly driven from start to finish by the enthusiasm and energy of the client who sought to provide a new health centre which houses a large GP practice and a wide range of health facilities. A cheerful, nicely detailed, modernist structure, it slots comfortably into the surrounding conservation area and has become a major feature of local community life, providing a more holistic experience for users. The centre should also be applauded for the successful integration of artwork and graphic design; on the entrance, in the atrium and as a changing gallery space on the first floor.