Ware Society Town Award 2018
Back in 1979 the Ware Society inaugurated a Town Award scheme. Every other year we invite nominations for a development or project that has been completed within in the preceding two years and which has enhanced the appearance or amenity of the town. New buildings, restorations, landscaping and gardening schemes all qualify.
Having received nominations a panel of adjudicators is formed comprising members of the Ware Society, a Council representative, a Planning or Architectural professional and a Schools Representative. The panel considers the nominations and makes a judgement taking into account such matters as Design, Materials, Scale and Proportion and issues such as:-
- Whether it makes an actual contribution to its surroundings by upgrading the quality of the area.
- Whether it has improved a previous eyesore.
- Whether it exhibits exceptional craftsmanship or quality in its actual construction.
- Any special circumstances which should be taken into account.
An award of a special plaque is presented to representatives of the winner at our November meeting. Over the years winners have included restoration of the building which is now Jacoby’s restaurant, the Maltmaker Statue, restoration of the Railway Station and the residential development French Horn.
This year seven nominations were considered by the judging panel. Their decision was that the award should go to The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and St Joseph for their newly developed Parish Centre. The Centre provides a great community space whilst its design and construction is visually appealing
and in keeping with the church itself. The award which was presented at our November meeting was accepted by Fr.John Gray, the priest in charge during the development and construction, and Fr.Charles Cahill the present incumbent.
A certificate of commendation was also awarded to ZFS Properties Ltd for the restoration and redevelopment of what was the Old Independent Chapel. Dating from 1778 the building has now been renamed Godwin House after Charles Godwin the first minister of the chapel. The work carried out by ZSF has not only prevented the almost certain loss of this historic in building but by converting it to residential use has brought back to life what was a long neglected heritage asset for the town. The Award was accepted by Mr A Garley and Mr Steve Collins on behalf of the developer.