Planning Portal

Newcastle Scoops Civic Trust Awards

Published on Fri, 29 Jun 2007
The promenade in Newcastle has been awarded a prestigious UK Civic Trust Award.
This regeneration scheme was awarded the Northern Ireland Public Realm Award, sponsored by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, in recognition of its significant and beneficial impact on the appearance and enjoyment of Newcastle.
Three houses belonging to the Mourne Heritage Trust were awarded “Mention” for making a positive impact on the cultural heritage of the Mourne countryside.
The Civic Trust awards are for outstanding examples of new architecture, restoration, town planning, landscapes and public art. In addition to design excellence, the awards recognise projects that benefit their local communities and environments.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, the Planning Service Director of Strategic Planning, Pat McBride, said: “This is an outstanding achievement not only for the winning entries, but also for the architectural profession and the construction industry in Northern Ireland. The competition was extremely tough, with an exceptionally high number of entries received from across the UK.
“These schemes demonstrate the positive impact that good development can have on the quality of life of the people they serve.
“I hope that Northern Ireland’s success this year will inspire and encourage everyone involved in the industry to continue striving to create a quality environment for us all.”
Martin Bradley, Vice-Chair of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, also said: “This award is a mark of recognition and appreciation for those who are working to improve the quality of the built environment, and through that, the quality of life for everyone. The transformed promenade with its integrated works of public art brings a new lease of life to the seafront, creating a wonderful experience for local residents and helping to restore Newcastle’s prominence as a leading seaside destination.”

Notes to Editors

  1. The Civic Trust Awards scheme in Northern Ireland is organised by the Civic Trust in partnership with the Department of the Environment’s Planning Service. The 2007 awards focused on non-Metropolitan areas.
  2. The Civic Trust is an independent, national organisation with charitable status. It is the leading UK charity dedicated to bringing vitality, sustainability and high quality design to the built environment.
  3. The Trust works with people to promote thriving towns and villages, developing dynamic partnerships between communities, government and business to deliver regeneration and local improvement.
  4. The Civic Trust Awards have been established for 47 years, and are only given to outstanding examples of new architecture, restoration, town planning, landscapes and public art.
  5. Newcastle promenade has been remodelled to ensure that it not only provides a pleasant and safe environment, but that it also gives the town a fresh, modern and civic identity some distance from its Victorian past. Materials and finishes of brushed concrete, granite and stainless steel were chosen to provide longevity and robustness in an aggressive marine and public environment. Individual elements have been simply and elegantly detailed. The integration of hard and soft landscaping is both clear and well ordered yet retains suitable variety and interest. The street furniture and lighting have been consistently considered and work well in conjunction with the commissioned art works.
  6. The Mourne Heritage Trust restoration scheme has brought three dwellings back into use by local people. Simple and elegant architectural features have been retained, and the buildings make a very positive impact on the cultural heritage of the Mourne countryside.
  7. Entries for the 2008 Civic Trust Awards will be invited from summer 2007 in regional press and will cover all areas in the UK i.e. both metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas.
  8. For further media information, please contact DOE Press Office 028 9054 0003.
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