Biennial Awards

2018

Gardens and landscapes have been prominent in Ripon Civic Society’s Awards, marking the Society’s Golden Jubilee year, which were presented at a ceremony in the city’s Spa Hotel.

Winners of the awards, which recognise good design, craftsmanship and environmental schemes from the area around the city as well as within the city’s boundaries, included work at the Himalayan Garden in Grewelthorpe, Newby Hall and Swinton Park.

The Folly! Art installations in the water garden at Studley Royal were named as winner of the John Whitehead Award, with which the Civic Society recognised an outstanding contribution to the area.

The Himalayan Garden was named as winner of the Younge Rosebowl for Best Environmental Improvement.

Himalayan Gardens

(left and below)

There were joint winners for the Hazzard Cup for the Best New Building; the award was shared by The Spa at Swinton Park and by High Trees, a new house on the former College site in Ripon. High Trees also took the Sustainability Award.

The Society presented the Price Flagon for Best Restored Building to The Orangery at Newby Hall.

The Orangery, Newby Hall

Newby also won the Craftsmanship Shield for the new Shell Pavilions at the end of the herbaceous borders.

St John’s Church, Sharow, was presented with the Helen Whitehead Salver for its comprehensive reordering and extension of the building.

Representatives from St. John’s Church, Sharow, presented with the Helen Whitehead Salver

A number of projects were commended. They were:

two shopfronts – Eastwick, North Street and the David Harrison Gallery, Kirkgate, both in Ripon;

the Kath-Khuni Shelter at the Himalayan Garden;

stonework and gargoyles at Ripon Cathedral;

and Southdene, an extended house in Copt Hewick.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘In our 50th year, it has been encouraging that we still have plenty of interesting projects to consider for our Awards. They help us all appreciate that so many people in Ripon and the area around it care passionately about their buildings and landscapes, about craftsmanship, sustainability and the environment, and are willing to make an extra effort to ensure that they keep up the standards which the Society has championed though five decades.’

2016

The restoration and adaptation of a former Victorian coach house in Ripon into a new, modern, eco-friendly home has been named as the best project in Ripon Civic Society’s Biennial Awards.

The Society’s Awards, presented at a ceremony at the city’s Spa Hotel on Thursday 6th October, recognise good design, craftsmanship and environmental schemes from the area around the city as well as within the city’s boundaries.

Highfield Coach House was awarded the Society’s Helen Whitehead Salver for the Best Project. It was also the winner of the Price Flagon for Best Restoration, and of the Sustainability Award.

Highfield Coach House

Three other projects were all Highly Commended in the Best Restoration category: these were Vinden Estates, Blossomgate; St John’s Church, Bondgate and Ice Houses, Studley Deer Park.

The Society’s Best New Building Award, with the Hazzard Cup, went to The Orchards, a residential mental health care facility in Princess Close, which the judges said was carefully-grouped and on a human scale, with varied elevations and textures. Cathedral Court, a housing development in Water Skellgate, was Commended in this category. The Orchards also won the Environment Award, with the Younge Rosebowl, for its imaginative planting.

Other Awards included The Taylor Plate for Best Shop Front, which was won by Jennifer Holmes Hair and Beauty and G Clarke Barbers, two shops in Masham’s Park Street that were formerly the Co-operative store. The shop front to 8 High Skellgate in Ripon was Highly Commended.

Shop Fronts, Park Street, Masham

The Craftsmanship Shield went to Ripon Cathedral for the restoration of the exterior of the north east aisle, including spirited new gargoyles. Highly Commended in this same category was the tilework for St John’s Church, Bondgate and the crown from the former Crown Hotel, restored by Sainsbury’s.

The John Whitehead Award, which allows the Civic Society to recognise an outstanding contribution to the area, was presented to Norton Conyers, in recognition of the work carried out by Sir James and Lady Graham, undertaken over many years to take this ancient, historic and fascinating house into the future in good heart.

Sir James and Lady Graham receive their award from David Winpenny

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘This year’s Awards show the diversity of new and restored buildings in Ripon and the surrounding area, and the care that is taken in ensuring they look their best. We are very pleased to have been able to award so many projects. We hope that these examples will inspire others to do the same, so we can reward them in 2018, the Civic Society’s 50th anniversary year.’

2014

The Curzon Cinema in Ripon, which has transformed former commercial premises in the heart of the city, has been named as the best project in Ripon Civic Society’s Biennial Awards.

The Society’s Awards, presented at a ceremony at the city’s Spa Hotel on Thursday 2 October recognise good design, craftsmanship and environmental schemes from the area around the city as well as within the city’s boundaries.

The Curzon, with North Square Apartments as part of the development, was awarded the Society’s Helen Whitehead Salver for the Best Project.

Curzon Cinema and North Square Apartments

It was also joint winner, along with the transformation of the former Methodist Chapel in Grewelthope into the new Village Hall, of the Price Flagon for Best Restoration.

The Society’s Environment Award, with the Younge Rosebowl, was awarded to Littlethorpe Manor Gardens, developed over the last 14 years into a wonderful garden with formal and informal areas, and varying vistas opening at each turn.

Littlethorpe Manor Gardens

Other Awards included The Taylor Plate for Best Shop Front, which was won by Boroughbridge Hardware for its sensitive adaptation of a former public house.

Boroughbridge Hardware

The Craftsmanship Shield went to St John’s Church in Sharow for its joinery work by the firm of Henki.

St. John’s Church, Sharow

The John Whitehead Award, which allows the Civic Society to recognise an outstanding contribution to the area, was presented to the Ripon Walled Garden Project, in recognition of its work in the community, especially with people with learning difficulties and people on probation.

Other projects recognised in this year’s Awards were: the new Music Building at Ripon Grammar School; the transformation of the ground floor of Ripon Town Hall for the Tourist Information Office and council drop-in centre; the shop front of Baroque salon in North Street; the repairs to the fountain in Boroughbridge; the carving of the Alice in Wonderland figures in Ripon’s Spa Gardens; and the sustainability of The Byre, a house at Studley Roger, and of flats and shops at 41-42 Kirkgate, Ripon.

David Winpenny, Chairman of Ripon Civic Society, says, ‘This year’s Awards, show that great care is being taken to give some of the historic but sometimes-tired buildings in Ripon and the surrounding area a new lease of life by sensitive intervention, as at the Curzon cinema and Sharow Church. We should like to see the same care taken when new buildings are planned and executed; we still await a really imaginative new scheme to which we can give a new building award. We congratulate all our winners and we hope others will emulate the care, thought and craftsmanship that make them all worthy recipients of our Awards.’

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