The Civic Society give a regular award to a building or project that is considered to make an outstanding contribution to the town. This takes the form of a plaque to be displayed on the project in question. An award is usually made every three years to allow time for new candidate projects to be completed.
The award scheme has been running since the early 1990s and in recent years has been won by a diverse range of projects including:
The Louvre Ice-Cream Parlour
Watch Tower Gallery at Tweedmouth
Mill Wharf Development at Tweedmouth
Spittal Promenade Refurbishment
Granary Conversion in Bridge Street
Freeman’s Court near Berwick Hospital
Bridge End Restoration
There were five nominations for the 2016 Award and these are listed below in alphabetical order.
Bank Hill Development – this involved the demolition of old derelict buildings and the building of three new homes.
Caesar’s Palace, 19-21 Hide Hill – the old theatre façade has been restored and residential units within have been refurbished.
Hide Hill, 55 – the former Youngman’s Garage site has been redeveloped to create apartments in the upper level and small shops at ground level.
Ravensdowne, 34 – the former Ravensdowne Hotel has been converted back into two Georgian townhouses
Woolmarket, 35 – “The Anchorage”, a Grade 2 listed building, has been restored to its original splendour, both inside and out.
The winner was decided by the votes of Berwick Society members during February 2017 and the 55 Hide Hill development was chosen.