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It is free to enter the awards and there are four categories for nominations:

  1. New buildings

  2. Housing

    • Less than 50 dwellings

    • 50 dwellings or more

  3. Historic buildings that have been re-used, retro-fitted or refurbished

  4. Public realm and open spaces


Continuing Civic Voice’s Big Conservation Conversation,  there will also be a special prize this year for a development within a Conservation Area, which could be awarded from any of the above categories.


The closing date for applications is 1st May 2020



Nominations should be made by local community groups and organisations including:

  • Civic Societies                   Residents’ Associations   Town and Parish Councils

  • Neighbourhood Forums  Building Preservation Trusts

  • Community councils        Development Trusts

  • Local history societies     Community arts groups

  • Other community based voluntary organisations.


Entries must be submitted using the online application form (unless other arrangements have been made and agreed with Civic Voice prior to the closing date).


Please note that you cannot save the form and return to it later, so we advise you to download the word version of the application form and copy and paste your answers into the online form when you are ready to submit. To help you with your submission we have produced a Top Tips document, which you can download here


Only buildings and projects in England are eligible for the awards. For the 2020 award, any project completed in the two-year period after 1 January 2018 and before 31 December 2019 may be entered.

For the purposes of the competition the word ‘project’ or ‘scheme’ includes any structure whether new, re-used, retro-fitted or refurbished, converted or conserved; or any significant public realm project, such as streetscape works, new or restored parks, etc.


What are the judges looking for?

In assessing applications for the awards, the judges will be looking for excellence in terms of:

  • High quality of design and construction

  • Community participation and meaningful engagement

  • Contribution to local life

  • Innovation and creativity

  • Efficient use of resources

  • Conservation or enhancement of the local historic built environment.

  • Promoting pride of place

  • Community support


Thinking of nominating a building or place for an award? Before you submit your form, don’t forget to download the application form and guidance notes, which include the rules of entry and top tips for a good submission. 

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