Civic Awards

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)

Awards Ceremony

With the mayor in attendance, the awards ceremony normally takes place in alternate years. We will publish full details of the next awards ceremony – in autumn 2023 – on our Events page.

Recent presenters included:

2019:   George Ferguson, CBE PPRIBA RWA

2017:   Dr Simon Bradley, Editor of the Pevsner Guides

2016:   Victoria Thornton, Founder of Open City

2014:   Tom Dykhoff, Architectural Critic and TV Presenter

2013:   Jonathan Glancey, Broadcaster and Architectural Critic

2012:   Sue Illman, President, Landscape Institute

2011:   Angela Brady, President, RIBA


Visit our Awards Nominations page to see information on how to make a nomination. The closing date for receipt of nominations for the 2023 Civic Awards will be announced soon.

View previous Award-winning projects