Derby City Council will celebrate excellence in conservation projects that have protected our city’s heritage in an award ceremony on Thursday 14th June.
This year’s prestigious George Rennie award will go to Historic England & Derby City Council Derby (Partnership Scheme in Conservation Areas) for shopfront enhancements. The aim of the project was to bring about heritage based regeneration by providing grants to shop owners and tenants. To date 97 properties have been refurbished which has significantly contributed to the economic health and vitality of the city centre demonstrating that the conservation of the built environment can go hand in hand with urban regeneration. Areas like the Strand, the Wardwick and Sadler Gate, have been transformed by the project and now attract businesses and shoppers because of their historic uniqueness and character. These streets have also seen a big turnaround with their occupancy figures leading to the revival of Derby’s’ historic core which played a big part in Derby winning the Great British High Street Award in 2016 for the Cathedral Quarter.
Liversage Trust & Montague Architects have also been given a highly commended award for housing refurbishments in Nottingham Road Conservation Area. This area is an estate of Edwardian model housing, built and operated by the Liversage Trust. The refurbishment work has covered the replacement of front doors and windows in many properties on Nottingham Road, Keys Street and Alice Street with modern double glazed timber units to improve comfort and energy efficiency whilst maintaining the distinctive uniform character of the estate.
Mr & Mrs David Spencer & Montague Architects have received a commended award a for the restoration of 40 St Mary’s Gate (Grade II listed building). The house is a late Georgian listed townhouse in the Cathedral Quarter. Its restoration from offices to a family home has been undertaken with flair and imagination and is unusual in an area of the city where most houses have long been converted to commercial uses.
The Mayor of the City of Derby, Councillor Mike Carr will present certificates to the winners of the George Rennie Award at the ceremony that will take place at the Council House.
The Mayor, Councillor Carr said:
“It’s an honour to present these awards today. Conservation and restoration of these fabulous old buildings is very important but it also needs to be done carefully and sensitively and today’s winners have done just that.”
This annual award is made by the Conservation Area Advisory Committee in memory of the services of the former long standing Conservation Officer for the city, Mr George Rennie. The Committee make the award and commendations in recognition of the care and skill with which conservation projects, and new build projects within conservation areas, completed in the previous 12 months have been designed and implemented.