Architectural excellence honoured by Cheltenham Civic Society
BEAUTIFUL buildings old and new have been heralded by Cheltenham's architectural guardians.
Cheltenham Civic Society has announced the winners of its awards for top architects who have developed or restored buildings in the town.
The prizes recognise the restoration and creation of buildings, as well as improvements to the built or landscaped environment, in the two years leading up to October 31 last year.
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Winners of commendations and awards include Cheltenham College's library, theatre and green room; 2 North Place; the Charlton Kings War Memorial in Horsefair Street; Cheltenham East Fire Station on College Baths Road and the Elysium house in Ham Road.
Prizes also went to The Coliseum in Albion Street; Timbercombe Gate Estate in Little Herberts Road; Hudson and Manser Street Terraces in St Paul's and the Railings at Drake House in Malvern Road.
Cheltenham College has been honoured with a commendation for the restoration of its buildings.
Architect judges said the work "acknowledged the past, but brought the school facilities into the 21st century".
Dr Alex Peterken, headmaster at the college, said: "We are delighted to receive this commendation. "Our heritage is extremely important to us and blending this sensitively with a contemporary design was fundamental to the whole building project.
"The result is a range of facilities which not only look stunning, but give both current and future students access to modern technology and an ideal environment for their studies.
"Out of the £1.5 million project, over £1.28 million was raised through charitable giving, including one exceptional donation of £676,000 from a former pupil. Without such gifts and generosity, realising the potential of our vision would simply not be possible."
Prizes for the annual Civic Awards, which are sponsored by Cheltenham Borough Council, will be handed out during a ceremony at the town hall on April 18.
Previous winners have included Everyman Theatre and Montpellier Chapter.