Civic Voice, the national charity for the civic movement, is hosting a series of study tours at Civic Voice Design Award winning schemes. The tours offer the chance to visit winning schemes, hear from the people who led the projects to transform these buildings and spaces, and explore how great design can bring real benefit to local people.
All Souls Bolton won the 2015 Civic Voice Design Award in the Building Restoration category and we are the first of this year’s series of tours. Our project was praised by judges for its inspirational community story and for its ambitious and innovative design. The judges felt that this was a truly inspirational project that showed how buildings can be re-imagined to serve local community needs while celebrating the building’s heritage.
The Civic Voice Design Awards plaque, which was awarded to All Souls in 2015 at an awards ceremony in Parliament will also be unveiled at the event by Joan Humble, Civic Voice chair on Friday 27th January 2017.
Joan Humble said, “I am delighted that we are hosting the first Civic Voice Design Awards study tour at All Souls church. All Souls is a fantastic example of how communities can come together with developers to create something really special that is treasured by all.”
Joan added “The Civic Voice Design Awards 2017 is open until February 14th for nominations and we want more projects like All Souls submitted this year.”
The study tour is being hosted by All Souls and the Churches Conservation Trust, which led the restoration and renovation of the building. They will share their experiences of transforming the building, and explain about the difference it has made in the community.
National charity The Glass-House Community Led Design, whose chief executive, Sophia de Sousa is one of the Design Awards judges, will also host a workshop session specially developed to help participants explore their relationship with the design of the places and spaces around us.