Civic Voice Design Awards study tours

This year has also seen the launch of the Civic Voice Design Awards study tours. The tours offer the chance to visit winning schemes, hear from the people who led the projects to transform buildings and spaces, and explore how great design can bring real benefit to local people.

Civic Voice has already held a tour at 2015 Restoration Winner, All Souls, Bolton and announced that there will be a further two study tours taking place within the next few months. You can read more on the All Souls study tour here.

The second study tour in the series will be taking place at Slowing the Flow, Pickering, a flood defence scheme, which works with nature to 'slow the flow', storing water upstream to prevent it flooding the town. Slowing the Flow, Pickering won a Judges Special Prize in the 2015 Civic Voice Design Awards. Since then, Slowing the Flow has gained national press coverage for its innovative way of defending the local town from flooding. The tour will take place on 23rd March 2017 and you will be able to register your place soon. Watch this space for more details.

We have also announced a study tour at last year's Civic Voice Design Awards overall winner, Alder Hey, Liverpool. In its development, Alder Hey embraced the Collaborative Planning approach by listening carefully to children and thousands of families who took part in one of the NHS's biggest-ever public consultations. Many suggestions, such as better access to fresh air and nature, influenced the plans, and it was a drawing by 15-year-old, Eleanor Brogan that impressed the architects and inspired their final design. This is your chance to see Alder Hey first hand. Civic Voice will be unveiling the winning plaque at the study tour and will also announce the shortlist for this year's Civic Voice Design Awards. Registration for the event will take place soon. The tour will take place on 24th April 2017.