Striking buildings and beauty spots recognised by Hartlepool Civic Society

The Reverend Janet Burbury, of Mary Magdalene Church in Hart shown receiving the trophy from Hartlepool Civic Society chairman Brian Walker in the company of fellow Civic Society members and contractors involved in the project.
The Reverend Janet Burbury, of Mary Magdalene Church in Hart shown receiving the trophy from Hartlepool Civic Society chairman Brian Walker in the company of fellow Civic Society members and contractors involved in the project.

STRIKING buildings and beauty spots have been recognised at an annual awards scheme.

Every year the Hartlepool Civic Society appeals for nominations for buildings that have improved the town over the last year, including beauty spots, renovations and wildlife projects.

The aim of the awards is to give people in town and surrounding villages, the opportunity to showcase what is best about their area and this year was no exception with a host of award winners picking up certificates for their efforts.

St Mary Magdalene Church won the prestigious Rose Bowl for its new lighting system, while Julie and Mike Bellwood picked up the Order of Merit trophy for the way they have transformed two houses into one but retained the original features.

This year was the 26th year the awards have been held.

Val Lister, secretary of Hartlepool Civic Society, said: “Yet again we were privileged to recognise some wonderful projects in the Borough.

“There were no huge official costly projects this year but we were impressed with the community involvement and sheer hard work and expense private individuals had contributed.

“As usual the winners of the two silver trophies were not announced until after the certificates were presented and this year we awarded the Rose Bowl to St Mary Magdalene Church for the new lighting system which was not only pleasing in that in fitted in so well with such a treasured old building but it is very energy efficient.

“The Order of Merit trophy was awarded to Julie and Mike Bellwood for The Green for the way two houses had been made into one and still retained the features.”

A total of 11 other buildings and projects were presented with certificates for a range of categories including:

Conservation

l Replacement gates at Tunstall Court Lodges. Val Lister said: “We were pleased to recognise the part played by apprentices from Heerema under Dave Scrafton, the training manager, and they also received a certificate.

l Town Wall. Ernie and Pauline Carey.

l Cliff Terrace. Claire and Ian Laybourn.

l Group of properties at The Cliff, Seaton Carew. Managed by Home Group and work was done by M.J Phoenix & Son.

l The Green, Seaton Carew. Owners Julie and Mike Bellwood.

l Inspirations Coffee House. Hartlepool Borough Council project, certificate accepted by Colin Bolton.

Innovative Conservation

l St Mary Magdalene Church, Hart Village. Val Lister said: “This was an imaginative scheme initiated and worked on by Bob Johnson, the church warden and what impressed us was the contributions made by others – Chris Harkness from CDH, Graeme Metcalfe from the College of FE, Paul Gould from Foster Laws and again the Heerema apprentices.”

New Building

l Bungalows at Newholm Court. Owned and rented by the Vela Group. They were built by Southdale and designed by Steve Dodds from SJD Architects.

Environmental Improvement

l Wall adjacent to Mark Lloyd Jewellery, in Park Road. The wall was built by Richard Twidale, of Final Touch Building, and the metalwork was by Anthony Kay of Ornate Metal Designs.

Landscaping:

l Entrance to Tees Bay Retail Park.

The work was done by Gracelandscapes of Esh Winning. Darren Hardman who designed and supervised the work accept the certificate. The owners are Mason & Partners, Liverpool.

Special Award

l Carved seating in Seaton Carew Park Sensory Garden.

Scheme initiated and overseen by Friends of Seaton Park and the work done by tree sculptor Tommy Craggs.

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