Civic Trust awards recognise urban design excellence

Well known and little known selected for list of winners

A combination of the well known and the little known have been selected for the list of winners of the 2004 Civic Trust Awards. Trafalgar Square with its environs in London is perhaps the most famous location on the list. It was given the special award for hard landscaping. Other winners were: the Hidden Gardens of Glasgow, described by the judges as a “peaceful, high- quality urban landscape”; Russell Square in London, the refurbishment of which the judges said “conserved and enhanced the square’s finest features, including sensitive arboricultural surgery”; and Sheffield Winter Gardens, which was a “stunning contribution to the Heart of the City Project, combining sophistication and elegance with pure design clarity”. The Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross Foundation Garden in Belfast, received a judges’ commendation for its “refreshingly bold and contemporary design”. The presentations were held last night (Wednesday) at the @ Bristol complex. Held annually, it alternates between urban and rural awards each year. The Civic Trust believes it is the most diverse award scheme in Europe. Trust awards manager Vivienne Newlands said: “The awards have gone to projects that have a positive impact, not simply in restoration or redevelopment terms but on the wider streetscape, on the public realm and on the sense of place. “They are projects that make a difference to the community.”

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