'Excellent' trio take pride in Civic awards
EXCELLENCE in architecture, restoration and the environment in North East Lincolnshire was recognised at a special awards ceremony.
The 2012 civic awards, organised by the Grimsby, Cleethorpes & District Civic Society, saw blue plaques presented to the winners in three different categories.
The Grimsby Institute's University Centre won the architectural award, the regeneration of Victor Street in Grimsby was the winner of the restoration award, while the environmental award went to Cleethorpes Country Park.
The awards were presented to the winners by the civic society's Murdo McInnes in a ceremony at the Cromwell Banqueting Suite in Cleethorpes.
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The winners were chosen by the civic society's 13-strong executive committee, who considered nominations put forward by members earlier this year.
Martyn Turner, a member of the executive committee, said the university centre building impressed because its design sat well with the surrounding landscape in which trees had been retained.
He said the Victor Street scheme had succeeded in regenerating a neighbourhood by refurbishment rather than uprooting a community through wholesale demolition.
Civic society secretary Pauline Lee said that Cleethorpes Country Park had developed into "the most beautiful natural feature in our neighbourhood" which was enjoyed by all ages.
Adrian Clarke, vice principal of the Grimsby Institute, said: "We are very proud to receive this award. We are very pleased with the architecture of the building and we think it is a fantastic addition to the town."
Sam England, home options and development manager at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: "It is very pleasing that the work we have done alongside our partners Balfour Beatty on the East Marsh neighbourhood renewal programme has been recognised.
"The thermal rendering to properties on Victor Street has improved the thermal efficiency of the dwellings as well as made a big visual difference to the street scene."
Mike Sleight, ecology officer at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: "The first spade was dug on Cleethorpes Country Park back in 1989 and it is now reaching its maturity.
"This award is for all the staff and volunteers, past and present, who have made the park what it is today."