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March 2017: The Civic Awards Panel reviews the shortlisted projects for 2017

On a wet Friday morning, under the excellent guidance of Bruce Buchanan, the 10 strong Civic Awards panel, made up of Civic Society members and invited experts and lay members, set off to visit and view most of the 18 shortlisted projects. Despite the weather, the panel was much impressed by the high quality and variety of submissions this year. Meeting at Parmoor House in the afternoon, all projects were fully scrutinised and discussed before a final vote was taken.

The awards and commendations for each of the categories will be announced and presented by Simon Bradley, Editor of the "Buildings of England" Pevsner Guides at 5.0pm Wednesday 19 April at Harwood Hall, Christ Church, Malvern Road.

The shortlisted projects are:

New Building

25 Houses, Leckhampton Views

33 Houses, 96 Leckhampton Road

Glenest, Bircley Road

Cherry Court, Ashley Road 

51A, Leckhampton Road

Flats, 117A St George's Road    

2 Town Houses, Parabola Road 

The Lawns, Balcarras lane  


Improvement to Environment

Phone Boxes, Promenade 






2 Oxford Street 

22 Albert Place

61 St Stephen's Road 

Bethesda Church

Maple House

The Sudios, Royal Well


Green Building

3 Town Houses,
Polefield Gardens

Shop Front

Havana Coffee, Prestbury Road


March 2017: Annual General Meeting 7 March 2017 – a lively discussion


MaxineMelling.pngNearly 40 members came to the AGM held at Parmoor House. It was followed by two short presentations and discussion on the CCS newsletter, ‘Our Town’, and the development of the borough council’s ‘place strategy’.

Distributing the former in selected residential areas has increased membership and raised awareness of the strategy’, there is a consensus among members that, in 2040, Cheltenham will have retained its architectural and landscaping uniqueness but will have increased and much improved its modern domestic and office architecture. Traffic circulation will be improved.

There is much more of course, and details will be sent to members and published here in due course. It was agreed that strong leadership and tight project management was crucial to the success of any strategy.

Maxine Melling, Cheltenham Civic Society Chair