Ware Society Town Award

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.

It was not possible to hold the event in 2020 due to the intervention of Covid-19 but it was re-established in 2021 and eleven nominations were submitted for consideration. There were a number of very strong contenders but after much deliberation the adjudication panel decided that the award should be given as follows;

          Winner – Southern Maltings Main Function Room.

          Highly Commended – Christ Church refurbishment and development.

          Commended – Amwell House.

The judges commented that the award to Southern Maltings had been made because of the great deal of volunteer input involved in preservation of this iconic building and its sensitive development which had resulted in a very valuable community asset.

The process of reviewing the nominations and decisding on the winners is as follows.

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 :-

1.     Whether it makes an actual contribution to its surroundings by upgrading the quality of the area.

2.     Whether it has improved a previous eyesore.

3.     Whether it exhibits exceptional craftsmanship or quality in its actual construction.

4.     Any special circumstances which should be taken into account.

An award of a special plaque is presented to representatives of the winner. In the early years of the scheme individual plaques were designed and made by students of Herts Regional College but latterly purpose designed and commercially produced units have been used. Some examples of the plaques presented in the years gone by are shown below and others can be seen at winning locations around the town.                


Since inception of the scheme the winners have been many and various as shown below and in the this link:

1979 – Ware Library Extension.

1981 – The Water Row Development

1983 – Dolphin House Surgery and, jointly, Ashwood Care Home

1985 – The Watergate (Gazebo)

1987 – Leaside Mews

1989 – Ware Railway Station

1991 – Herts Display Riverside Mews Development

1995 – The Octagon Development

1997 – The Station Hotel Development

1999 – The French Horn Development

2001 - The Maltmaker Statue

2003 – Jacoby’s

2006 – The Overmantle and Lantern, Bates Walk (Southern End)

2008 – Fletchers Lea

2010 – ‘Playing on the Wild Side’ (King George V Play Scheme)

2012 – Ware Drill Hall

2014 – The Ware War Memorial (Refurbishment)

2016 – Musley School

2018 – The Parish Hall Extension, Sacred Heart Church.