Every year, Birmingham Civic Society celebrates Birmingham’s achievements in conservation and restoration through our Renaissance Award. We are pleased to announce that nominations for our 2020 Renaissance award are now open.

Celebrating conservation and restoration in the city

Birmingham Civic Society’s Renaissance Award recognises the most successful conservation projects completed in the city, be it the restoration of a building, public space, or structure. The world is very different from when we did this last year, but perhaps now more than ever there’s greater recognition of how the spaces where we live and work shapes our quality of life. We are looking forward to reflecting on and acknowledging the fantastic work completed in 2019.

The award recognises and values a variety of projects, whether that be a twentieth-century swimming baths, a restaurant or museum of geology. Over the past five years, we have seen over fifty projects nominated across the city; everything from a pub, to a coffin-fitting factory, to Mary Street, a former Victorian workshop, and also 2019’s winner.

Dinosaur skeleton in middle of museum display, Lapworth Museum Birmingham Civic Society Renaissance Award winner

Lapworth Museum, BCS Renaissance Award winner 2018

2019 Award

Last year saw Mary Street scoop the 2019 Renaissance Award. Owners, Malcolm Kirkham and Jan Arkwright, sensitively restored the nineteenth-century workshop extension, giving it a new lease of life as their new home. The workshop once specialised in die sinking and engraving; industries synonymous with the Jewellery Quarter. Malcolm and Jan were keen to retain as many of the original details as possible, preserving the historical integrity of the building.

6 people stand around a grey plaque unveiling, Birmingham Civic Society Renaissance Award Winner Plaque Unveiling

Mary Street – BCS Renaissance Winner 2019

Now, it’s over to you!

Do you know of a building, structure or public space that was once derelict, vacant or under-used? Has it been brought back to life and completed between 1 January 2019 – 31 January 2020? If so, it may be eligible for our 2020 Renaissance Award! To nominate a project, please complete and return this short nomination form by Sunday 20 September 2020.