Beeston + District Civic Society want to recognise good design in our community – and we have a WINNER.


This biennial award scheme is for notable recent developments which make a positive contribution to the local physical environment. Its aspiration is to encourage building design and environmental improvements that reinforce Beeston’s identity and sense of place.

Whether a splendid new build or extension; sympathetic renovation work, or some inspirational landscaping – nominations were received, a band of independent judges were invited, assembled, and taken on a whistle-stop tour of the shortlisted sites. We can now confirm that the judges’ verdicts are in.

Design Award 2021 Results

Willoughby Street Dementia Living – Commended

Image: Broxtowe Borough Council, planning document

A sensitive development making good use of a brownfield site. Provides well considered adaptable living accommodation in the heart of Beeston, enabling residents to access, with ease, all the amenities of the town.

ARC Cinema – Commended 

Image: beeston.arccinema.co.uk

An ambitious development in the centre of Beeston, which forms a backdrop to the transport interchange. Overall, a successful urban development that has been skilfully woven into the urban grain, reinforcing a sense of place.

4 Devonshire Avenue– Highly Commended

Image: rightmove.co.uk

Extremely impressive and attractive development combining established and modern elements and contrasting materials. This development enhances the Avenue which, with other newly modernised residential properties joining the road frontage, definitely ensures the area continues to evolve and improve in a positive direction.

Extremely impressive and attractive development combining established and modern elements and contrasting materials. It doesn’t over dominate its setting and clearly provides a fabulous and varied living environment for its occupants in this established high quality residential area. This development enhances the Avenue which with other newly modernised residential properties joining the road frontage, definitely ensures the area continues to evolve and improve in a positive direction.

Ruth Hyde, OBE

Beeston Street Art Project – Overall Winner 

Image: © Lamar Francois

The project provides a framework for creative expression in Beeston and its surroundings.  It connects history, with aspiration and provides a highly colourful, imaginative and creative backdrop for the everyday activities of the people of Beeston.  A fantastic concept with some incredible results.

The project is ‘truly civic in bringing benefits to both individuals and the wider community. It is brave and ambitious.

“The Beeston Street Art project started life in June 2018 by Jeanie Barton. Over the last three years, no other single project in recent times has done so much to encourage both pride of place and a uniquely creative Beeston identity. It has brought people together, to inspire and be inspired by the 40 artworks, large and small, by 44 local and visiting artists. This contributes to a happy and healthy community and encourages creative vibrancy and bonhomie. Certainly it has spring boarded other community projects which relate to our landscape, street and area improvements.”

Lucelia Rodrigues

The Judges

Lucelia Rodrigues
Professor of Sustainable & Resilient Cities
The University of Nottingham

Gavin Richards
Head of Architecture
Nottingham Trent University 
School of Architecture, Design, and the Built Environment

Chryse Tinsley
Landscape architect at Leicester City Council

Chris Twomey
Director, Lathams
Chair Design Review Panel EM

Ruth Hyde OBE
CEO Broxtowe Borough Council

Award Categories

The Beeston + District Civic Society awards categories are: 

Domestic / Residential Buildings  
Non-residential / Commercial Building
Landscaping

These will encompass the best examples of new builds, refurbishment, regeneration and re-purposing of built environment together with landscaping. Projects need to have been completed locally (see right) area within the past two years and to be in public view. For further T+Cs and information about eligibility, please contact us.

“We’d like local people to get involved, to take a look around at what’s helping to improve our communities, what evokes pride in our area and a sense of place.”
Mervyn Brown, Society Secretary

What qualifies?

A wide range of submissions is encouraged and are likely to be considered; including; new-builds, alterations, additions, refurbishment and repurposing together with planting, landscape, street and area improvements.

To qualify, projects need to:
1. have been completed within the past two years (June 2019 – June 2021)
2. be in public view, and
3. be in either: Beeston, Chilwell, Attenborough, Toton, or Bramcote (The area is generally bounded by: The River Trent – Derby Road A52 – the parish boundaries)

The closing date for nominations is 30 June, 2021.
The formal presentations to the winners is planned for the Society’s AGM, which is scheduled for October 2021.

“It is fantastic that exemplary design in the Beeston area is being recognised through the Beeston and District Civic Society ‘s Civic Design Awards. Whilst national, regional, and city-based design awards are common across the UK, it is really important that excellent design is also celebrated amongst local communities like Beeston.”
Tim Heath, Panel Member, Professor of Architecture & Urban Design at The University of Nottingham