THE impressive renovation, improvement and design work at a string of town buildings and projects was hailed at an annual awards ceremony.
The Hartlepool Civic Society Awards is held every year to recognise the best of Hartlepool’s buildings and completed projects.
From renovation of homes to the design of a new multi-million pound college, organisers said they were “extremely pleased with the high standard” of entry.
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The society’s Rosebowl award, given to large projects, was handed to the new £53m Hartlepool College of Further Education building, in Stockton Street, and Briarfields, off Elwick Road.
The Easington Road housing development by Housing Hartlepool also received a special mention and won a runner-up award.
Awards were handed out for conservation, special environmental improvement and new buildings at the event, which was held at Wilton Grange, in the town.
Two homes on the Headland, in MacDonald Place and Catherine Street, Elim Pentecostal Church, in Whitby Street, and the shop front of Fish Face fish and chip shop, in Seaton Carew, were among the winners in the conservation category.
The Greystones renovation wall, a shop front of 9 Whitby Street and the Lighthouse buildings in the town also won in the category.
An additional certificate in the conservation section was also given to The Anthenaeum, in Church Street.
Val Lister, secretary of Hartlepool Civic Society, said: “It was clear to see how much pride people have taken in their projects.
“Once again the standard was incredibly high.”
The renovation of Elwick Playing Field was a winner in the environmental improvement category, along with the Seaton Carew Coast Protection Scheme.
The Friends of North Cemetery group was celebrating after their work on the gates at the cemetery resulted in them receiving a Special Environmental Improvement Award.
Winners in the new building category were Hartlepool College of Further Education and the new houses in Easington Road.
Mrs Lister added: “We had a fantastic evening and I would like to say well done to everyone involved.
“We are over the moon with the entries, some of them have taken a number of years to complete.”
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