The Civic Trust Awards scheme was established in 1959 to recognise outstanding architecture, planning and design in the built environment.

As the longest standing, independent built environment awards scheme in Europe, during the last 57 years, more than 6500 projects have been rewarded and the scheme has continued in its objective to recognise projects that have made a positive contribution to the local communities they serve.

The Civic Trust Awards is one of the only remaining independent built environment awards schemes, not linked to any organisation, institution or publication and operates on a not-for-profit basis. We also provide an opportunity for the general public to participate in nominating and judging schemes from their local area.


The Civic Trust Awards is not just about rewarding architecture or design excellence. We strongly believe that successful projects should also exhibit strong sustainability credentials, a high level of inclusive and accessible design, whilst also demonstrating how the project has provided a positive civic contribution. The Civic Trust Awards is unique and is recognised as the only 360 degree awards scheme in the world that promotes:

  • Excellence in architecture and design standards
  • Accessible and Inclusive design
  • Positive community impact
  • Sustainable design & construction
  • Consultation with user groups
  • Innovation    
  • Social and economic renewal
  • Localism
  • Sustainable planning
  • Sensitive conservation and restoration
  • Designing in context
  • Variety of entries inlcuding temporary buildings and structures

How to apply

The 2018 Civic Trust Awards application round will open on Monday 8th May 2017.

Applications are made ON LINE and the application portal will open for entries on Monday 8th May 2017. Assessment visits will take place during September & October, with the shortlist of finalists announced in November 2017 and the winners revealed at the 2018 Awards Ceremony date and venue tbc.

Application Guidance:

The Applicant Guide is now available to download here. This provides further information on the Civic Trust Awards such as eligibility criteria, the assessment process, application fees and Sponsored Special Awards. Please note, you can save £80 on each application fee by becoming a Civic Trust Awards Member.

Should you require any further information or assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact the Awards Team on info@civictrustawards.org.uk or call (01925) 270647.

Please CLICK HERE for an MS Word version of the Civic Trust Awards application form which may assist in compiling all the relevant information for your entry. Please note, we do not accept applications submitted as an MS Word document - all information/data will need to be transferred manually (by the applicant) to our online application system for the project to be considered.


Can I get more information?
The online application guidance notes for our next application round is now available to download by CLICKING HERE - this will assist you when completing your online submission and includes step-by-step instructions for completing each stage of the application form.

Who Can Enter?

Entries can be made by anyone closely connected with a project, so long as the permission of the owner and occupier of the scheme has been obtained prior to entering.

Completion Date

Schemes must be completed between 1st January 2014 and 1st September 2017 - this includes any surrounding areas, landscaping and car parking which form part of the design.

Closing Date

Entries must be submitted on line by 5pm on Friday 28th July 2017. Please note we do not offer an extension to this deadine.

Interior Design

Wholly internal schemes are not eligible to apply unless the scheme is accessible to the public (i.e. internal restoration of a historic building/museum etc). However, internal aspects will be considered as part of the assessment process.


Schemes must be visible to the public - it must be possible to see most of it, all year round, from a public thoroughfare. Private buildings that are regularly used by large numbers of people, for instance schools or commercial buildings, are considered visible. Entry fees cannot be returned if the judges decide the scheme is not visible.

Large, Phased Projects

Fully completed phases of large projects (including any landscaping or ancillary works) are eligible to apply. Entrants should state in the scheme description how the phase relates to the project as a whole, and indicate the project’s total size and expected completion date. Judges visiting the scheme must be able to fully assess any completed phase of the project. If our judges decide that the scheme cannot be fully assessed due to the incomplete nature of the scheme or any adjacent works, then the application will be considered unsuccessful. In such instances, resubmission will be permitted at a later date (additional application fee payable).

Private Houses & Housing Schemes

Private houses are eligible but must demonstrate how their project contributes to the debate on topics such as density, sustainability and social mix (e.g. affordable homes). Entrants are reminded that the building must be visible to the public.


Entries made in previous years cannot be resubmitted unless the judges decided the entry was premature/incomplete. The entrant will have been informed that their scheme will be reconsidered.


Should relevant circumstances come to light that had not been known at the time of judging an award may be withheld.


The decision of the National Panel is final. The Panel do not enter into any correspondence regarding the decision. However, a summary of feedback will be offered to all entrants on request, and sent out after the Awards Ceremony, which will take place in March 2017.

Supporting Documentation

Your application will be submitted on-line and you will be required to submit information about the scheme and include contact information for all organisations involved in the project. Your application will also need to be accompanied by the following supporting documentation, which must be supplied electronically (uploaded) at the time of submission:

  • Site Context Plan - please include a site plan (PDF format) of the scheme of sufficient scale (eg 1:1250 or 1:500) to show the site in relation to streetscape and surrounding buildings. A multiple page PDF can be submitted (max file size 5MB per PDF)
  • Ground floor plans and Cross Sections (PDF format) must be submitted if the application is for a building, at suitable scale (eg 1.100 or 1:200 for larger projects). If the project is an extension or conversion, before and after plans should be submitted and clearly labelled, or the extension marked in a red colour for clarity. For landscaping or Public Realm projects, a plan showing scheme layout/scheme details can be included. A multiple page PDF can be submitted (max file size 5MB per PDF).

Applicants must also submit 20 individual photos of the scheme (JPEG format) which include:

  • Context Photos - Photos of the scheme taken from a distance are essential from at least two view-points to demonstrate the context in which the scheme fits within its surroundings (max file size 5MB per image)
  • Scheme Photos - both external and internal (if the application is for a building). Photos should be selected to give a sense of the scheme and provide view-points from multiple elevations (max file size 5MB per image). Photos of specific detailing or materials should only be provide where these are essential to the judging process and can be submitted as additional images on CD as per the note below.

Images supplied at application stage are used for production of the winners’ brochure and on our website. Photos must be supplied in high resolution JPEG format (not PDF or TIFF) within the max 5MB limit. All photos must be clean images (free from borders, notes, text etc) and must not be a picture collage.


Fees and Criteria

UK Entry Fees

The standard entry fee is £180 +VAT (£216 inc VAT) per scheme where application fees are paid online via our secure (and verified) PAYPAL account.

Application fees must be paid at the time of application and payment received prior to the application round closing.

Non-CTA Members wishing to be invoiced (or pay by BACS/cheque) will incur an additional £15 administration fee, making the application fee £195 +VAT (£234 inc VAT) per scheme.

Corporate and Local Authority Members will automatically be invoiced for their fees (30 day payment terms).

If paying by BACS please email accounts@civictrustawards.org.uk to request our account details.

Please note, we are unable to accept credit/debit card payments made over the telephone.

VAT No: 975 5965 51

Save over £80 on your application fee

Schemes submitted by Civic Trust Awards Corporate Members or Local Authority Members: £100 +VAT (£120 inc VAT) per scheme.

To qualify for discounted application fees in addition to a suite of additional benefits, please request a Membership Application form by email press@civictrustawards.org.uk or call (01925) 270647.

International Entry Fees

The application fee for international entries can be obtained on request and will depend on the exchange rate at the time of application. A nominal international banking fee will also apply. Payment can be made via an international transfer using the following details:

IBAN: GB51 NWBK 6070 0851 3898 51

Civic Trust Awards is the trading name of Civic Trust Awards Community Interest Company, registered in England and Wales (No. 6885454).