In late 2019, Birmingham Civic Society announced that nominations were open for our inaugural William Haywood Award. The Awards’ sub-committee, part of the Planning Committee, met on several occasions to review nominations and it’s no exaggeration to say that the fantastic longlist meant shortlisting was no easy task! 

From back-to-back housing and historic estates, to canal-side developments, all nominations demonstrate various aspects of innovation and regeneration that make our city special today.

  • Brindley Place revolutionary redevelopment of brownfield site incorporating Canal side development.
  • Calthorpe Estate Masterplan – for John Madin’s work integrating modern dwellings and commercial uses into the historic estate.
  • Bennie Gray – for the Custard Factory, Big Peg and other developments which revitalised the areas in which they stand.
  • Peter White – Chief Architect of Severn Trent who first recognised the value in canal-side development, particularly in Birmingham.
  • Back to Backs for recognition of working-class history and creation of a city centre heritage destination.

 What next?

Throughout February, each of the shortlisted nominees will be sharing insights into why they should win the Haywood Award, highlighting their achievements and the difference it has made to Birmingham.

Furthermore, the Planning Committee decided to have two awards;

  • A Judges’ Award
  • A People’s Award

And that’s where we need your help. We will be sharing details of how to vote in February so watch this space!