On 19 October 2018, the civic society announced the recipients of its Building Awards. In addition to the categories of new build, refurbishment and shop front, this time we had a special “50 year award” to mark the beginning of renovation work on Bear Steps in 1968. For this, we asked people to put forward buildings – new build or renovation – which they felt had made the most positive contribution to the townscape over that time.

Thanks to everyone who sent in nominations. And congratulations to all our award winners. Please keep your eyes open for worthy buildings for our next awards in 2020.

Award Category: Shop Fronts

Wyle Cop

The logo uses italics to bring to life the name Wrekin Whiskies while the rich green painted exterior with shutters hints at the Shropshire countryside. including the Wrekin

This shop brings a new meaning to the toast “To All friends around the Wrekin”.

Receiving the award for Wrekin whiskies shopfront:  Owner Mike Hale


A classically designed exterior with an inviting outside appearance, painted blue. The signage is clear and attractive with a logo that explains the variety of services provided

Receiving the award for Adorn shopfront: Owner Anna Garvey

Award Category: Refurbishments


It is difficult to imagine a building in Shrewsbury better suited to house an Alice in Wonderland-themed champagne bar, or a Mad Hatter’s tea party for that matter. This is a high quality renovation with elegant paintwork bringing out the architectural qualities of this eye-catching 17th century timber-framed building

Receiving the award for Ten & Six refurbishment: Owner George Marneros

Special 50 Year Awards

Pride Hill

Fifty years since first receiving an architectural award from the Civic Trust, Lloyd’s Bank on Pride Hill, arguably Shrewsbury’s brutalist amsterpiece, has again been chosen from a small but distinguished number of modernist buildings for its contribution to the town’s historic street scene

Receiving the award for Lloyds Bank: Rosalind Ince and Jason Pickering

Barracks Passage 

After numerous changes and alterations, Henry Tudor House has been transformed into one of Shrewsbury’s most attractive restaurants and cultural venues, where the highest standard of restoration has been combined with a contemporary feel

Receiving the award for Henry Tudor House – owner Graham Jenkins’ son Sam

Award Category: New Build

Havelock Road

This self- build house was built to exacting quality and design standards, and also has met the energy and water efficiency aspects. It has been sympathetically designed in relation to its setting. The Howard House does all this and more. This modern designed home will be discretely hidden behind a brick wall which continues along the road joining one that exists today, ensuring that the streetscape is appropriate to this location. From the garden the house is very impressive; an open plan kitchen has a wall of glass-sliding doors with a full view of the garden. When complete this will certainly be an innovative design built with a lot of hard work and an eye to detail.

Receiving the award for Howard House – Martin Howard