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2016 Awards results- press release-29.03.16

Ilkley Civic Society presented its Annual Awards to local businesses and organisations on Thursday 24th March at All Saints Church in Ilkley.  This year the society presented eight winners certificates, including seven Commendations and one Award 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 ranged from reuse of historic buildings to retail shop fronts and included new leisure uses for the town, the re ordering of a church and environmental projects. Certificates were presented to the following projects by Cllr Brian Mann, Chair of Ilkley Parish Council in the three categories:-

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

Five Commendation certificates were presented:

  • The first to Vinter Estates for its work on the frontage to Fat Face - 18 The Grove to bring back the frontage into one uniform shop front (from the previous two) and retaining historic details in the coloured glass and ornate cast iron hopper head.
  • Secondly to Barkers - 38 The Grove , the new dog care shop, for the way it introduced its new business to the town by utilising its hoardings for a children’s art competition and later displaying photos of local customers (dogs) , the final shop front also showed a sensitivity to the historic nature of The Grove.
  • On Backstone Way, Incommunities, the Bradford social housing provider, took an ordinary area of grass in front of some of the residential properties and turned it into a flower meadow during the summer. A simple but highly effective environmental improvement.
  • The entrance to The Drive at Ben Rhydding has for many years had six handsome stone gateposts, as a feature in the Conservation Area, but with no railings between them, the residents association has raised the funds and a local company has created modern railings to fill the gaps.
  • Lastly in this category a Commendation was presented to Bradford Council Structures team for its recent work to rebuild the riverside banking next to the Denton Rd foot suspension bridge. To prevent the roadside footpath and eventually the road collapsing into the river a new wall of stones weighing up to 3 tons each has been built up from the riverbed to above flood levels.  

Design (for new build projects)

In this category the society presented one Commendation Certificate to Sacred Heart Church for the reordering of the interior of the church which included new pews (to replace previous uncomfortable benches), new lighting, new sound systems, new flooring and improved accessibility and usability of the spaces.

Conservation (for work on historic buildings)

One Commendation to Clip’n Climb for the sensitive re use of the former ticket office at the Ilkley Railway station , this has resulted in the creation of a new leisure facility in the town utilising the height inside the old railway train shed for the climbing frames. The introduction of a cafe on a mezzanine floor has revealed some of the old stonework of the station previously covered up.

Our only Award of the evening went to Ilkley Cinema for its re use of the old Co-op building top floor on Leeds Road. This space had been empty for many years since the closure of a nightclub has required considerable structural alteration to gain the necessary height into the roof space for the auditorium. A new fire escape and lift tower on the rear have enabled the removal of the old unsightly fire escape. As in many of the other projects this one involved local architects, interior designers, structural engineer and contractors   

Clr 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 outstanding developments which had occurred throughout the year . He also thanked the Civic society team for their researches and for their interesting presentation during the evening.

 Contacts for more information

David Blackburn (603479) or Kate Brown (604521) Executive Committee members

Ilkley Civic Society