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 annual awards.
The society’s awards, presented at a ceremony at the city’s Ripon Spa Hotel, recognise good design, craftsmanship and environmental schemes from the area around the city as well as within its boundaries.
The Curzon along with North Square Apartments which form the development at the former Abbott furniture store site on North Street was awarded the society’s Helen Whitehead Salver for the Best Project.
It was also joint-winner, along with the transformation of the former Methodist church in Grewelthorpe into the new village hall, of the Price Flagon for Best Restoration.
No awards ceremony was held last year because the society considered there were too few projects to justify holding the event.
David Winpenny, chairman of Ripon Civic Society, said: “This year’s awards, our first for two years, 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.
“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.”
The society’s Environment Award, with the Younge Rosebowl, was awarded to Littlethorpe Manor Gardens, developed over the last 14 years into a garden with formal and informal areas, and varying vistas opening at each turn.
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.
The Craftsmanship Shield went to St John’s Church in Sharow for its joinery work by the firm of Henki.
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 on North Street in Ripon, 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.
Hazzard Silver Cup for Best New Building
Winner: Not awarded; Highly Commended: New music building, Ripon Grammar School.
Helen Whitehead Salver for the best project
Winner: Curzon Cinema and North Square Apartments, Ripon.
Price Flagon for Best Restored Building
Joint Winners: Curzon Cinema and North Square Apartments, Ripon, and Grewelthorpe Village Hall; Highly Commended: St John’s Church, Sharow, and the ground floor of Ripon Town Hall.
Younge Rosebowl for Best Environmental Improvement
Winner: Littlethorpe Manor Gardens.
Taylor Plate for the Best Shop Front
Winner: Boroughbridge Hardware; Highly Commended: Baroque Salon, North Street, Ripon.
Craftsmanship Shield for Best Craftsmanship
Winner: Joinery at St John’s Church, Sharow; Highly Commended: Boroughbridge Fountain restoration; Commended: Alice in Wonderland Figures, Spa Gardens, Ripon.
Winner: Not awarded; Highly Commended: The Byre, Studley Roger, and 41-42 Kirkgate, Ripon.
John Whitehead Award
Winner: Ripon Walled Garden Project.