Levels of Awards

The Civic Trust Awards scheme annually presents a range of Special Awards, Awards and Commendations to successful projects.

Special Award and Award winners receive a Civic Trust Awards plaque for permanent display at the site of the winning project and certificate. Highly Commended winners receive a commemorative desktop award and certificate.

We have 3 entry categories - Civic Trust Awards, AABC Conservation Awards and ProTem Awards (for temporary buildings/structures). Projects can be entered separately into both the Civic Trust Awards and AABC Conservation Awards should all criteria requirements be met,

All schemes are considered on their own merits, with winning projects are also considered for one of our Special Awards, such as Sustainability, Community Engagement etc.

All organisations involved in winning projects are invited to the Civic Trust Awards Ceremony with a representative from each winning project presented with the plaque/desktop award and certificate on stage.

Awards - Projects that make an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment. Award level schemes demonstrate excellence in architecture or design, whilst being sustainable, accessible and provide a positive civic contribution.

Highly Commended - Projects that make a significant contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment. Commendation level schemes demonstrate a good standard of architecture or design, whilst being sustainable, accessible and provide a positive civic contribution.

Pro Tem Awards/Highly Commended are given to temporary projects and installations 

AABC Conservation Awards/Highly Commended are given to historic building conservation projects

Special Awards are given to schemes which demonstrate excellence in a specific field.  All projects of Award standard are considered for each of the Special Awards by National Panel members who determine the individual winners. Winners receive a customised Special Award Plaque and certificate in addition to their Civic Trust Awards Plaque and certificate.

2020 Special Awards:.

  • National Panel Special Award - Selected by National Panel Members as their favourite scheme from the year’s Award winning projects.
  • Special Award for Community Impact & Engagement - Presented to a scheme that has demonstrated how successful community engagement can help deliver the highest standards of design whilst meeting the needs of local people.
  • Special Award for Sustainability - Presented to a scheme that has demonstrated excellent sustainability credentials sponsored by Derwent London
  • Michael Middleton Special Award - presented as a memorial and tribute to Michael Middleton CBE, who established the Civic Trust Awards in 1959, to an outstanding restoration project or new build within a conservation area

For more information on how to sponsor a Special Award, please email us

Selwyn Goldsmith Award/Highly Commended for Universal Design - Established in 2011, the Selwyn Goldsmith Awards for Universal Design is delivered in parallel with the Civic Trust Awards application process, all CTA entries are considered for the Selwyn Goldsmith Awards. Winners will be selected by a specially convened panel of universal design experts, with the announcement made at the Awards Ceremony in March each year. Universal Design is about ensuring that places work for all people, no matter your age, ethnicity, gender or ability. An environment or building that is responsive, flexible, welcoming, easy to use and occupy; allowing all to use with dignity and equality. The Selwyn Goldsmith Awards (SGA) seek to promote and applaud those schemes which achieve this and exceed regulation. To be considered for the SGA’s your project should have gone beyond the building regulations, as a minimum using best practice guidance, putting people at the heart of the project and showing exemplar design.