In 1977, the Civic Society made its first Award for the pedestrianisation of the Trinity Street area. “The purpose of the Awards, made annually by Cardiff 2000 is to acknowledge the merits of projects that, in the opinion of the assessors, make a positive contribution to the enhancement and enrichment of the environment of the City of Cardiff.”

This is a list of the awards issued since 1977.

Cardiff 2000 Annual Award

1977 – Pedestrianisation scheme of Trinity Street and the area around St. John’s Church. The area was closed to traffic in November 1975. Great trouble was taken to preserve the character of the area. Replicas of the old “Windsor” gas lamp lanterns were especially made and mounted on original Victorian columns purchased second-hand from Bow, London. Also old cast iron bollards were used.

Presented to South Glamorgan Planning Department.

1978 – Industrial & Maritime Museum, Bute Street.

Presented to the National Museum of Wales.

Other nominations that year included the first phase in the pedestriansation of Queen Street, Clarence Road Bridge and a footbridge over the Taff at Radyr.

1979 – Rose & Crown public house reconstruction, Kingsway. The jury thanked “Brains Brewery for their decision to replace the old Rose & Crown when the Kingsway site was developed, and for their commissioning of a convincing, forceful and modern building, on this important site opposite the Castle”.

Presented to S.A. Brain & Co. Ltd.

Other nominations that year included the cleaning of the façade of the Park Hotel, and the refurbishment of the shop front of Allders Store.

1983 saw a joint award being given after over twenty schemes were nominated.

– Jones Court, Womanby Street. This was “an exhilarating environmental venture which has a good chance of influencing further local enrichment of the heart of the City”.

Presented to Lock-Newcrews Hill & Partners.

– St. David’s Shopping Centre. This “has already earned the admiration of Cardiffians and attracted many visitors to the City”.

Presented to J. Seymour Harris Partnership.

Other nominations included Bute Park cycle track, City Farm, Leckwith, and the extension to Jackson Hall, Westgate Street.

1984 – New Central Bus Station that replaced the original built in the 1950s. “From eyesore to trail -blazer”.

Presented to South Glam. Environment Dept.

Other nominations included Wales Gas building (Helmont House), No. 59 Mount Stuart Square and UWIST Aberconway Building.

1985 – Echo Centenary Clock, Queen Street.

1986 – Enveloping Scheme in Rhymney Street & Rhymney Terrace, Cathays. “A run-down and very ordinary street had been transformed by careful and sympathetic repair and restoration”.

Presented to Cardiff City Council.

Other nominations included Ely Library, Queen Street Arcade refurbishment, and Custom House refurbishment.

1987 – 7/8 Park Place refurbishment. “The survival of these houses, and their neighbours, has been in jeopardy for a number of years”.

Presented to Bailey Homes.

1988 saw another joint award.

– Refurbishment of building by Wimpey, St. John Street.

Presented to Mr G. Ostreicher & Mr J. Parness.

– Radyr rail link.

Presented to British Rail.

1989 – New County Hall which was begun in Spring 1984 and opened 1 October 1988.

Presented to Cardiff City Council.

1990 – Refurbishment of headquarter offices of National Provincial Institution, Newport Road.

Presented to Greenway & Partners Architects.

Special mention was made of the New Faculty of Engineering Building, The Parade.

1991 – National Museum of Wales enhancement. “This building now looks stunning and is a wonderful contribution to Cathays Park and the City Centre”.

Presented to National Museum of Wales.

1992 – Old Library refurbishment, The Hayes.

Presented to Cardiff City Council.

1993 – Reconstruction of the Norwegian Seamens Church, Cardiff Bay. Built in the 1880’s, by 1971 it was abandoned and derelict. It was dismantled in 1987 and re-erected on a new site.

Presented to Norwegian Church Preservation Trust.

1994 – David Morgan refurbishment.

Presented to David Morgan Ltd. Powell Dobson Architects.

1995 – Britannia Park, Cardiff Bay.

Presented to Grosvenor Waterside TACP Landscape Architects.

1996 – Techniquest.

Presented to Ahrends Burton & Koralek.

1997 – Mill Lane Café Quarter. “This distinctive project has brought life, movement, gaiety even, to what was a rather rundown area of the City”.

Presented to Cardiff City Council.

1998 saw another joint award.

– Urban space alongside Scott Harbour in Cardiff Bay.

Presented to Grosvenor Waterside Powell Dobson Partnership.

1998 – The Bethel Arts & Community Centre, Bethel United Reform Church.

Presented to 3 Design Partnership.

1999 – Hilton Hotel, Kingsway. A conversion from an old office block built in about 1950. The judges felt it “had great enhanced the environment of an important pedestrian route at a critical point in the heart of the city”.

Presented to TBI Plc. Powell Dobson Partnership.

Other nominations included St. David’s Hotel, Cardiff Bay, and the Accident and Emergency Unit at University Hospital.