It’s your chance to vote for the best buildings in town

IT’S time to celebrate the town’s best buildings in town in the Grantham Civic Society Awards 2011.

Every two years the society organises the awards to celebrate the best architectural achievements in town.

And Journal readers are invitied to nominate their favourite projects completed in 2009 or 2010 for the awards.

Categories in this year’s awards are:

l New Build - recognising projects that demonstrate good design, enhancement of the neighbourhood, use of local materials and efficient use of resources. New buildings should provide a sustainable environment that meets the needs of people now, without compromising the needs of future generations.

l Environment - recognising achievement in providing environmental improvement within the town, which benefits the local community. In particular, the project must illustrate its community benefit, enhancement of streetscape through appropriate use of hard and/or soft landscaping and street furniture

l Refurbishment - this award honours outstanding work in the conservation of buildings or structures and and covers renovation or conversion to a new or original use. Judges are looking for evidence of use of traditional materials, enhancement of area, sympathetic restoration and sustainability.

l Best shopfront - this award recognises good design and layout which enhances the townscape respecting the historical context of the building and its neighbours and uses appropriate materials, decoration and signage.

The civic society has already made a number of nominations of its own. They include:

l New building: Houses on the Waggon & Horses sitei in Manthorpe Road; the New Woodland Trust headquarters; Brick Kiln place.

l Environment: Butcher’s Row/Vine Street renewal.

l Refurbishment: Former Spotted Cow apartments, London Road.

l Shopfront: Ask Restaurant, High Street; Oxfam, Market Place; Stilo, High Street.

To make your nomination, fill in the form below and return send it to: Civic Society Awards, Grantham Journal, 46 High Street, Grantham, NG31 6NE.

Alternatively, e-mail your nominations to us at: comment@granthamjournal.co.uk