Good architecture and restoration of historic buildings are worthy of recognition. Cheltenham’s unique architectural quality came from its rapid development in the 18th and 19th century as a Spa town for wealthy visitors, and Cheltenham Civic Society has long been involved with conserving this heritage.
Every other year, Cheltenham Civic Society, on behalf of the Borough Council, organises the town’s Civic Awards for recognising the best examples of developments in the town’s built environment.
The Society is fortunate to have many experienced architects, planners and other building professionals as members. It is able to draw on this expertise on the Planning Forum, and in other discussions on local planning and infrastructure issues.
There are a number of categories of award:
- restoration of a building or structure
- a new building or structure
- improvements to the built or landscape environment
- a new or restored shopfront
- a ‘green’ building
- an ‘un-civic’ development (a new category for 2023)