Accolades for top design

The Blackpool Civic Trust Community Award is presented to the Friends of Highfield Park.
The Blackpool Civic Trust Community Award is presented to the Friends of Highfield Park.
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From multi-million pound new schools to a refurbished Indian restaurant - Blackpool’s best designed developments have been recognised.

Blackpool Civic Trust handed out awards to 10 winners when it held its annual dinner at Blackpool Football Club.

The accolades come as the resort gears up to host the national Civic Awards Ceremony in the Winter Gardens tonight.

Schemes recognised by the trust included Michael’s Indian Restaurant – which saw the ground floor of the former Shaw’s depositary on Whitegate Drive fitted out with chandeliers – and the lighting up of Blackpool Tower.

Accolades for the best new-build projects were shared between the £22m Highfield Humanities College on Highfield Road, South Shore, and the £5m Blackpool Gateway Academy on Baron Road.

Blackpool Civic Trust chairman Joan Humble said: “The evening was a celebration of achievement involving a wide range of organisations and individuals, from school children to architects to local volunteers.

“My congratulations go to all of them.”

The full list of winners is:

Schools Environmental Shield: Bispham Endowed Primary School; Blackpool Environmental Team award: Pietro Simone for Blackpool Nature Watch; Blackpool Council Conservation Award: Ian Clarkson of Blackpool Council’s Property Services Department; Community Award: The Friends of Highfield Park; Open Spaces Award: Trinity Hospice Gardens; Best Night Time Economy: Michael’s Indian Restaurant; Best Refurbishment: The Cherry Tree Pub; Best New Build: shared between Highfield Humanities College and Blackpool Gateway Academy; Transforming Blackpool, Blackpool Tower and the Illuminations.

Around 350 delegates are expected to attend the 55th annual national Civic Trust Awards Ceremony, which is a sell out.

Coun David Owen, chairman of the Winter Gardens Trust, said “I think it is a token of the respect the town has built up over time that the Civic Trust is coming here for its awards ceremony. We are very proud to be hosting the event and it is more of the right kind of publicity for Blackpool.”

Among 79 projects nominated for an award this year is the Marine Hall Gardens in Fleetwood.