Friday 1st March 2019 : Keith Williams as chairman delivered the keynote speech to a sold out event at the 60th Civic Trust Awards dinner in the Imperial War Museum of the North at Salford Quays, Manchester.
Since it was founded in 1959, the Civic Trust Awards has run continuously ever since, making it Europe’s longest running architectural and built environment awards programme. It is also one of this country’s most important and prestigious.
For the current 2019 awards round, 240 entries were received primarily from the UK but also from Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, South Africa and the USA reflecting the awards’ broad geographic reach.
Of the schemes submitted, 120 were referred to the National Panel for consideration as potential award or commendation winners. 13 applications were received this year for international projects which shows an increase on each of the two previous years.
22 projects were given Civic Trust awards and 27 received Commendations. In addition 5 Civic Trust Special Awards were distributed including the National Panel Special Award..
Keith presented the final award of the evening, the National Panel Special Award (CTA’s top award) to the team from Heatherwick Studio and executive architect VDMMA for the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA) in Cape Town.