Tell us your favourite new building scheme - and it could win an award

Luty Cottages, Ploughcroft Lane, Halifax. Halifax Civic Trust Award (highly commended) 2012.
Luty Cottages, Ploughcroft Lane, Halifax. Halifax Civic Trust Award (highly commended) 2012.

The call comes from heritage group Halifax Civic Trust, which is set to recognise the best new buildings, the conversion of old buildings and other environmental improvements made over the past year.

The trust has been making its Halifax Civic Trust Awards since 1992 to encourage high-quality design and craftmanship in new buildings or the rescue of old buildings or other significant improvement to the town or countryside of Halifax.

Awards have been given for a wide range of different projects over the last 21 years, from homes to shops, mills to schools, churches to parks - even a moorland garden.

The main award each year is in the form of a green, oval plaque with the words Halifax Civic Trust and the date with a brief description of the winning entry. Other award winners receive commendation certificates.

Last year’s main award went to the new Boulevard Medical Centre in the former Savile Hall, Savile Park Road, Halifax, formerly Holy Trinity Junior School. The trust praised what it called a “sympathetic and imaginative reuse of the Georgian Savile Hall with a large yet unobtrusive extension to provide bright, attractive, modern health-care facilities for the 21st century.”

Also commended last year were Calderdale College’s new Inspire Centre in Francis Street, Halifax; the rescue of the dilapidated Luty Cottages in Ploughcroft Lane, Halifax; and a new extension to St Jude’s Church, Savile Park, Halifax.

The 2013 awards will be given for work substantially carried out in 2012 and will be presented at the Trust’s annual general meeting on April 25 at Halifax Town Hall.

The trust’s awards co-ordinator, David Hanson, said: “We are expecting another interesting list of entries this year. Last year we looked at several schemes which were not actually complete, and they will be eligible this time around. We urge anyone with an interest in buildings, architecture and the environment to enter their favourite new schemes.”

Awards are made for projects within the area of the former County Borough of Halifax, from Luddenden in the west to Northowram and Southowram in the east and from Copley in the south to Ogden in the north.

Anyone can nominate a scheme for an award simply by contacting Mr Hanson on 01422 373038 or at david.hanson111@gmail.com. There are no complicated forms to fill in; just the name of the building or project will do. The trust will then produce a shortlist of eligible entries and visit them before announcing the winners.