Hartlepool’s beautiful and quirky buildings recognised in civic society awards

Malcolm Walker receiving the Rose Bowl for the conservation of the Morrison Hall
Malcolm Walker receiving the Rose Bowl for the conservation of the Morrison Hall

Beautiful buildings and quirky businesses have been recognised at a Hartlepool awards scheme.

Every year Hartlepool residents and organisations are recognised by the Hartlepool Civic Society for projects making a difference to the borough.

Barbara Scott receiving the runner-up trophy for Jesmond School Apartments.

Barbara Scott receiving the runner-up trophy for Jesmond School Apartments.

The Civic Society handed out awards during a presentation event on October 19 held at Wilton Grange.

Award categories included tourism; new build; and renovation and restoration.

“The awards scheme gives us an opportunity to show what has been achieved during the year,” said Val Lister, secretary of Hartlepool Civic Society.

“The society receives nominations each year from the public, organisations and our own members.

Titan House

Titan House

“We then do a ‘tour’, and at a later meeting the executive committee decides who shall receive a certificate, and from that who shall win the trophies.

“This year there were fewer nominations. But nonetheless there were still some difficult decisions to take, as the quality and importance of the projects was so high”.

The awards not only recognise the obvious contribution made by the owners, but also that of the craftsmen and women and architects, who are presented with a certificate.

At the presentation event, chairman Brian Walker described each project, and certificates were presented by vice-chairman Pamela Thompson.

Rose Bowl Award: for bigger projects

This year the Rose Bowl award went to NDC Trust for the Conservation of the Morrison Hall.

The hall is a locally-listed building on the Headland which has been converted into apartments.

Some of the interior work was carried out by young people, providing valuable training, as well as organisations including Colin Masterson Joinery; Esh Group; Thirteen Group and St Astier to create the project.

Rose Bowl Special Award: for private projects

The special award went to Paula Gleeson and Lee Rutherford for 182 Stockton Road.

The new house was recognised for its modern design by SRJ architects, which fitted in well with adjoining properties.

The craftsmen involved were Kevin Harwood, Mark Henson and CDH Electrical.

The Award of Merit

The Rose Bowl runner-up award was presented to resident Barbara Scott for the conservation of Jesmond Road School.

Holy Trinity Church in Hartlepool.

Holy Trinity Church in Hartlepool.

The listed building was converted into apartments known as Jesmond Road School apartments.

Tourist Potential Award

The trophy for Tourist Potential went to Jacqueline O’Beirne, owner of Glady’s Vintage Tearoom.

“The building has been conserved and there is now a charming addition to The Front at Seaton Carew,” Ms Lister said.

Certificates were also awarded to projects for restoration and renovation projects.

l Reverend Janet picked up the certificate for St Mary Magdelene Church in Hart for the renovation of the WW1 gravestones and two memorial windows carried out by Kyme Studios, Reeth.

The gravestones were restored by Keith Simpson and the information boards were done by Foster Laws. Church warden Bob Johnson and the parishioners were recognised for their efforts in the project.

l Holy Trinity Church in Seaton Carew was awarded for the restoration of the roof and stonework high up to the tower following fundraising by the parishioners.

David Beaumont, the architect, was involved, and the work was done by Classic Masonry Ltd under the project management of Derek Nicholson.

l Ben Weighill of the Keith Walker Optical Boutique in Victoria Road picked up a ceritficate for the conservation and refurbishment of the boutique.

Gap Design and Dave Baldwin were involved in this project.

l Thirteen Group picked up the certificate for the refurbishment of Titan House which has made a big difference to that part of the town on the busy crossroads.

l Ms Lister added: “We had an enjoyable evening and all the award winners were pleased that their hard work had been recognised by the Civic Society representing what is best in the community.”

For more information about the awards email hpoolcivsociety@onetel.com

Paula Gleeson receiving Special Award (Rose Bowl for smaller projects).

Paula Gleeson receiving Special Award (Rose Bowl for smaller projects).