PRAISE have been shined on the best parts of Burton as part of the Burton Civic Society’s annual awards.
The awards recognise the finest architectural design and building standards which help to make the town a better place.
In addition to the architectural awards, the society also recognises environmental contributions, and gives the ‘Olga Lloyd Award’, which commemorates the society’s founder, for projects of particular benefit and historical interest to the town.
This year environmental awards were given to Winshill Parish Council for the Peace Wood at Winshill and East Staffordshire Borough Council’s green spaces team for the Therapeutic Garden, in Stapenhill.
In this First World War centenary year, The Olga Lloyd Award went to the Victoria Cross Trust for the renovation of William Coltman’s Grave at St Mark’s Church, in Winshill.
The architectural award candidates were assessed by Chris Twomey, a highly experienced architect and urban designer.
Recommendations were made in response to three possible awards:
• Outstanding (Civic Society plaque winner);
• Highly Commended; and
This year just four projects made the society’s shortlist, with three in the ‘new build’ category and one project falling into the ‘refurbishment’ category.
The projects cover the residential, education and transport sectors.
Christ Church Primary School, in Dale Street, was highly commended.
Mr Twomey said: “The prospect of a new school building provided an opportunity to ‘reinvent’ Christ Church School. The result is a striking and dramatic addition to the local townscape: a modern ‘box’ wrapped in mesh and featuring imaginative artwork and including the school motto: ‘Love to Learn and Learn to Love’.”
The new development of 40 homes and apartments at Stanyon’s Yard, in Dallow Bridge, was commended for its design.
He added: “Overall, this is an appealing development which makes a positive contribution to the local townscape.”
Orton Place was also on the shortlist but missed out on an award.
In the refurbishment category, judges revealed that no award had been handed out with shortlisted candidate - the Railway Bridge, in Wetmore Road - missing out.
The awards were officially announced at the society’s annual general meeting at Burton Town Hall last night.