HERITAGE chiefs are celebrating after two Blackpool regeneration schemes received top accolades.
The restoration of the Winter Gardens and the renovation of the sea defences were commended in the 2013 national Civic Trust Awards.
Carl Carrington, head of heritage at Blackpool Council, said it was a huge achievement for the town.
He said: “Some of the buildings we were up against such as the Olympic Velodrome in London were sensational, so we were thrilled to bits to get these commendations.
“Blackpool has got a lot to be proud of.”
The citation for the Winter Gardens said: “This successful project is to be applauded in its scale and objective, and has made this important building something that locals can be proud of.”
The work on the sea defences was described as having “transformed the public realm along the UK’s premier resort seafront.”
Making special reference to the Comedy Carpet, the citation added the scheme had “successfully created a far more pleasant environment along the Promenade.”
Out of 263 national and international entries, 86 projects were recognised.
Commendations were given to “projects that make a significant contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment.”
Cheetham’s School of Music in Manchester won the North West’s Civic Trust Award for its new building.