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Civic Trust Awards

Assessment 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 up to four people from various backgrounds, each responsible for submitting feedback for each project they have visited.

Assessors come from many disciplines such as architecture, universal design/access, community groups, planners, engineers, journalism, marketing and students. 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 at the architectural and design merits of the scheme in addition to other aspects of design such as sustainability, accessibility, and civic contribution. Ensuring that the scheme has been designed with the needs of all users in mind and considering how has it delivered a positive social, cultural, economic, or environmental benefit to the local community.

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.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that you have entered your project into the correct category.

Should your project be entered into the incorrect category, then it will be deemed unsuccessful. 

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, the visit may be deferred to the following year or the project desk assessed (for CTA and Pro Tem applications).

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 decide the final level of Award and Highly Commended winners to ensure national and international consistency.  

January: Winners are notified, with all organisations involved invited to the Civic Trust Awards Ceremony to celebrate their success.

March: The Awards Ceremony takes place at the end of March each year (date & venue tbc). This is a black tie event, with drinks reception, dinner and the presentation of awards.