Honours for outstanding projects unveiled

The Civic Trust Awards have honoured outstanding projects from a 300-seater bench in Littlehampton, West Sussex, to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

A total of 27 projects were named as winners in the 2012 awards, six of which - including The Longest Bench and the Edinburgh museum - received special awards.

Also among the winners were Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ Las Arenas in Barcelona, Spain, and the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres transformation, in Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire.

Eighteen other projects were named “commendation winners”, among them the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate, Kent, and Unison HQ in central London.

Civic Trust Awards managing director, Malcolm Hankey said the accolades celebrated not only design excellence, but also the relationship between structures, places, the environment and communities.

“Winning projects have demonstrated architectural excellence whilst offering cultural, social or economic benefit to the local community,” he said.

For a full list of winners, commendation winners, and special awards, see www.civictrustawards.org.