Civic Awards

Civic Awards 2019 will be launched around Spring more information to follow.

The Civic Awards aims to promote better design in buildings and development of land in Newcastle-under-Lyme and to recognise their contribution to improving the borough.

Guidelines - judges will be looking for a high standard of design and applicants are reminded to provide as much information as possible to help the judges assess all of the nominated schemes.  The Awards 2017 applies to work completed between 1 Jan 2015 and 31 Dec 2016 (or Jan 2012 to 31 Dec 2016 for landscaping schemes).  Closing date for nominations is Thursday, 31 August 2017.  Nominations must be submitted using the form available at the Civic Offices in Newcastle, libraries, the Guildhall or online.  Nominate online here (this will open in a new window so you can refer back to this page easily if you need to refer to the criteria for nominating) or download the nomination form.

  • Quality workmanship
  • Appropriateness of project for its immediate surroundings
  • Suitability for its required purpose
  • General impact of project
  • Good sustainable practice

Categories of award:

a.New buildings
i Residential
ii Commercial and other
b.Conservation/refurbishment of existing buildings
i Residential
ii Commercial and other
c.Landscaping and development of land

In 2015 the winner of the Commercial - New Build Category was the Newcastle-under-Lyme Performing Arts Centre

The college building is a fantastic learning centre, completed last year, for young people to pursue performing arts. The judges were particularly impressed with the practical and versatile spaces inside. The building relates well to the main college and presents an impressive gateway into the Knutton Lane corridor. Martin Bostock (Head of Estates) and Mike Giblin (Ellis Williams Architects) collected the Award.


Commendations were awarded to Marks and Spencer, Wolstanton (RPS Planning and Development) and the Doddlespool Farmhouse refurbishment in Betley (Jason Knight from JPK Design).


The scheme started up again in 2009 thanks to the Civic Society. Every year it helps to raise the value and importance of achieving good design.

The judging panel is made up of Civic Society members, local architects, urban designers and council officers who all give up their time to be involved in the Awards Scheme.

Winners in 2013

There were eight nominations in total.

New building - residential category - The Orchard Housing Development, Chesterton.

Refurbishment category - Mellards Warehouse, Newcastle.

Commendation - Day Nursery, Keele University.

Winners in 2011

The Council and the Civic Society are working together with the community to promote the importance of places and good design.

Joint winner - new build commercial - Newcastle-under-Lyme College, Knutton Lane.

Joint winner - new build commercial - Stoke City FC training facility, Clayton Road.

Winner - refurbishment commercial - Lancaster Building, Newcastle town centre.

Winners were awarded with plaques and certificates in recognition of their high design standards.

Winners in 2009

There were three categories:

New buildings - commercial category - Blue Planet at Chatterley Valley which is the UK’s first carbon positive building. The owner is Gazeley UK Ltd and the architects were Chetwoods.

Refurbishment – residential category - Knutton Heritage Project. The collaboration of partners and funds for this scheme demonstrated that historic properties should be valued and can be restored sensitively. Architects - Chris Taylor Design.

Refurbishment – commercial category - The Guildhall, Newcastle town centre.

Two schemes were commended for their quality of design; Maer Estate Cottages for the quality of the design and detail in the refurbishment followed by Silverdale Church's stained glass window for an excellent project dedicated to the mining community with a high level of community involvement.

Last updated 21 January 2019

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