2013 Awards Nominations
It was a great pleasure to once again receive nominations for, and to visit examples of both restoration and new buildings that enrich our historic built environment. These beautiful buildings are the heritage of our future.
2013 Awards Ceremony
Readers should be aware that the Annual Awards Scheme would never get off the ground were it not for our enthusiastic Heritage Team. The timetable dictates that they have to spring into action and conduct detailed site visits at the coldest and wettest time of the year and we are very much in their debt.
It is perhaps therefore appropriate that our Guest of Honour who will be making the awards on Friday 11th April 2014 is Jim McCallum, Team Leader for Voluntary Action Leicester. Jim will present the 2013 Awards, with a reception and dinner at the City Rooms, Hotel Street, Leicester. Full details are given on the enclosed handbill. Please see the bookings page to reserve your places at this prestigious event by 29th March. As we have said before, encouraging and celebrating restoration and design excellence in historic Leicester is a noble cause and one in which Leicester Civic Society is proud to be taking the lead.
2013 Nomination Gallery
Restoration Award Category
The 2013 Award for Restoration goes to Lukegate Ltd for the Silver Arcade. The panel were delighted by the high quality restoration of this outstanding 1899 four-storey shopping arcade by Amos Hart, one of only two such arcades in the country. We noted that new users appeared to be moving into the shop units in increasing numbers and they are to be warmly encouraged.
This is an architectural gem. It forms a high quality link between the Highcross shopping centre and the medieval market place. The people of Leicester should be extremely proud and pleased with what has been achieved by this outstanding example of heritage led regeneration.
New Build Award Category
The New Build Award for 2013 echoes the industrial heritage of Leicester and goes to Willmore Iles Architects for their new work at the 1887 Shoe & Boot Factory, Welford Road. The panel was impressed by an attractive design on a constrained site of considerable historic interest. The internal accommodation for students and key workers is to a high standard, noticeably superior to most student developments that we have witnessed.