Readers are encouraged to get behind an awards scheme which celebrates the best in design and environmental responsibility across Grantham
The Townscape Awards are organised every three years by the Grantham Civic Society, to showcase the finest buildings and schemes that help make the town a great place to live and visit.
They were established to recognise examples of good design, techniques and materials in both new builds and renovations. A third award is for projects that contribute to a better environment. Privately owned homes and buildings are welcome.
Already nominated are: the St Barnabas ‘Hospice in the Hospital’ unit; the play area at Belton House; the paddling pool in Wyndham Park; 38 Swinegate; Stonebridge House; Vine Street Surgery; and the sensory garden and sculpture in Wyndham Park.
It is hoped the awards instil more pride in local people and enable them to see more of what the town has to offer.
Civic Society chairman Courtney Finn said: “Grantham has some fine and historically interesting buildings and the Civic Society seeks to preserve these, but also to encourage and publicise good new buildings which are well designed and have sound environmental features.
“We all want to live in an attractive and stimulating town that is both prosperous and worth visiting. Town centres are having a tough time lately and so any new development and projects that make our town a better place must be a good thing.
“There is so much in Grantham to be proud about, from the myriad clubs and societies to those that support good causes and help the less fortunate.
“A town gets its sense of place from all these things, not just from its tricky railway bridges and the odd traffic jam.
“The Civic Society’s motto is to ‘preserve the good in the old and encourage the good in the new’ and the Townscape Awards scheme is an opportunity to do just that.”
In the last awards, in 2014, South Kesteven District Council’s shop front renovation scheme and Lincolnshire County Council’s transformational work of the Market Place and Westgate won, along with Apple Trees Care and Reablement Centre, off Springfield Road, for creating a new building with great environmental credentials. They each received a stainless steel plaque.
Meanwhile, highly commended certificates went to The Jubilee Church Life Centre for its redevelopment work; The King’s School’s new Old School Collyweston roof and Headmaster’s Garden; Grantham Estates for the skilful renovation of 5 Swinegate and 3 Vine Street; and The New era restaurant, in Wide Westgate, for “the miracle of turning a dingy pub into a stylish eatery”.
The nominations are judged using an evaluation method from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors by two judges from the Civic Society, with expert opinions from its surveyor and architect members. Once the winners are chosen, awards are announced and handed out at a ceremony in the Mayor’s Parlour on National Heritage Day, which takes place this year on Saturday, June 17.
** To nominate a building or project for a Townscape Award click here or email the details to Grantham Civic Society vice chairman and architect judge Graham Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org