Last chance to celebrate city's best buildings
PEOPLE have been nominating their favourite buildings for this year's Bristol Civic Society environmental awards.
They celebrate the best in Bristol's architecture – whether an entirely new building, a restoration or landscaping works which improve the environment.
Today is the last day people can nominate their favourites.
The awards, which will again be sponsored by Bristol Water, recognise positive achievements in building and design, one of the Civic Society's key roles as a self-appointed watchdog.
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Last year's winners ranged from The Robinson Building, a former factory in Bedminster which was turned into 100 flats, to Ralph Mews on St Michael's Hill, a rundown collection of old garages which were transformed into mews-style homes.
Other winners included the courts complex in Redcliff Street next to the bus station which have replaced the old courts in Nelson Street; the South Bristol Skills Academy in Hengrove, a new learning centre for 4,000 students in South Bristol which was opened in 2010; the Environment Agency's new national headquarters near the rear of the Council House in Deanery Road; the Brunel Institute near the ss Great Britain which stores and provides access to 67,000 objects relating to Brunel; Bradbury Hall in Henleaze which used to be a pre-fab church hall which has been turned into a multi-purpose centre; and The Custom House in Queen Square which has been turned into a language learning centre.
A nominated site must have been completed by the end of 2011.
An award will be given to a new building for architectural quality, choice of materials, measures to reduce the environmental impact, response to context, creation of distinctive character and benefits to the local community.
They can also be given for alterations, improvements or extensions to an existing building.
Landscaping works can also win an award for their quality of materials, creation of a sense of place and benefits to the local community.