Assesment Process

Wherever possible, at the first stage of assessment, entries to the Civic Trust Awards (and Pro-Tem Awards if the structure is still in place) will be visited by a team consisting of an architect and (where available) a universal design assessor, a community representative, a Local Authority planner and a Student Representative. This team reports its recommendations to the National Panel (a group of experts in their respective fields) that make the final decisions on the level of award to be given.

The assessor team will be looking for schemes that use sustainable design and construction, have a positive impact on their local environment, and have well integrated and detailed access for all. Feedback is offered to all unsuccessful applicants and the decision made by the assessor team and National Panel is final.

For the Civic Trust AABC Conservation Award scheme, entries will be desk assessed by a group of specialist conservation representatives of the AABC.

PLEASE NOTE: where scheme visits are to take place, our assessor teams should not be accompanied by the applicant during their visit. The scheme should be available to be visited by our assessment team at any time during September and October and applicants must ensure that schemes are notified. If the scheme isn’t accessible on the date/time provided by the Awards Assessment team, it may be deferred to a desk assessment (for CTA and Pro Tem applications).

Due to Covid19 restrictions, If an Assessment Visit cannot be facilitated, the project will then be desk assessed by our National Judging Panel or alternatively applicants will have the option of deferring the Assessment Visit until next year.

The Awards Programme

June - July: Application round is open and entries are submitted online.

August: Applications are processed and assessors are allocated by CTA

Sept - Oct: Judging visits take place (CTA and Pro-Tem Awards). Feedback is submitted to the Civic Trust Awards from all assessment team members about each scheme that has been visited. For CTA AABC Conservation Award entries, the desk assessment will take place.

November: Applicants will be notified as to whether they have been successful at first stage assessment and are then considered Regional Finalists.

December: Regional Finalists (together with the successful international entries) are then put forward to the National Judging Panel who ratifies the final level of Award winners to ensure national and international consistency.  Winners are announced to the media and applicants. For the CTA AABC Conservation Award, a specially convened panel of building conservation experts will meet to determine the final level of award winners.

March: The Awards Ceremony takes place in early March each year, where all winning projects will be revealed. All organisations credited within the winning project application are invited to the Awards Ceremony which will take place in March 2021 date and venue tbc.