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 2017 Awards Results


Ilkley Civic Society presented its Annual Awards to local businesses, organisations & individuals last week at All Saints Church in Ilkley.  This year the society presented seven commendation certificates to a wide variety of projects all of which had succeeded in making a valuable contribution to improving the townscape of Ilkley or its surrounding landscape. Projects included one bridge, two leisure related projects, three houses and a project to lighten up the town. Chair of Ilkley Civic Society Helen Kidman commented on ‘the wide range of interesting projects that attracted our attention this year for judging, many of which, including our winners, greatly enhance the town’

Certificates were presented to the following projects by Cllr Brian Mann, Chair of Ilkley Parish Council in the three categories:-

Design (for new build projects)

The largest group this year with 5 Commendation certificates starting with the largest project of the year

  • Ilkley Lawn Tennis and Squash Club – for the design of the new facade to the club buildings behind which a new larger gym has been created, two new studios for exercise classes and a new reception area.
  • Nell Bank Activity Centre - an organisation that has been successful before in our competition, this time received a commendation for its new accommodation block. It replaced an old, tired wooden shed that was not well insulated and in need of replacement. The design suited the rural location being timber clad and low rise. Internally it has created accommodation for 64 students and 8 supervisory staff, the students in bunk rooms for eight and the supervisors have individual bedrooms with en-suite facilities. The building is well insulated and has an eco-friendly heating system (air source heat pump) that costs a minimal amount to run and extracts heat from the outside air.
  • New house in Ben Rhydding - a contemporary property that has been constructed on a tight site but our judges felt it fitted well in the location.
  • New house off Skipton Rd - this new house replaces a former derelict agricultural building in the Green Belt and its design has retained an agricultural feel  using traditional materials but with some contemporary details.
  • New House in Middleton - our third commendation for a house this year, this time to a contemporary detached house incorporating high levels of insulation and an eco heating system. Externally the house is clad in high quality stonework on unusually a steel framework.

Conservation (for work on historic buildings or structures)

  • Toll Bridge at Ben Rhydding – During the Boxing Day floods of 2015 this bridge suffered from the high water levels and following inspection Bradford Council decided to implement a general refurbishment of the bridge. Much of the work was unseen and below the road decking, but more visible works took place to the repair the stone parapets, renew the road surface and repaint the riveted arch structure.  

 Environmental Improvement (projects that enhance the townscape or surroundings of Ilkley)

  • ‘Lighting up the town’ – A project by Ilkley Parish council has introduced Victorian style lamps up Mill Ghyll from the old fountain. Floodlights have also been added below the footbridges all of which enhance this popular Victorian pleasure garden. A separate lighting scheme has also refurbished and introduced new LED lighting to the two Victorian lamp standards at the entrance to the Memorial Gardens at the west end of  The Grove.  This project is sited within the Ilkley Conservation Area and shows how important features such as lighting can enhance the area as our Conservation Conversation will show in June.   

Cllr Brian Mann closed the evening by congratulating the recipients on the prestigious awards and thanked the Civic Society on behalf of the town, for highlighting the breadth of projects that have taken place  throughout the year. He also thanked the civic society team for their researches and for their interesting presentation during the evening.