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Top ten Cheltenham buildings to be named tonight

Ten of Cheltenham's best building projects are due to be celebrated tonight at a special awards ceremony in the town.

All have either been built or restored in the past two years and are due to receive an award or a commendation in recognition to their contributions to urban regeneration.

Cheltenham Civic Society stages the now annual event in association with Cheltenham Borough council, with tonight's taking place at Chapel Arts on Knapp Road - and tickets are still available for those who want to attend.

The four categories include

 The sensitive external restoration of an historic building;

 A well-designed new building, group of buildings, or structure;

 An environmental improvement;

 A well designed or renovated shop front.

Among those shortlisted is the Homes for Veterans, a new-build on the corner of Brunswick Street and Swindon Road, the John Lewis building on High Street, and the restoration of the Coach House in Prestbury.

Pocket Parks on Lower High Street has also been nominated for its environmental improvement.

Andrew Booton, chairman of Cheltenham Civic Society, said: "I am really pleased with the number of nominations and the quality of work submitted this year.

"It was fascinating to visit the shortlisted sites and to arrive at a consensus, sometimes after much debate".

The ceremony will be followed by a reception and a lecture about urban regeneration by former architect and first elected Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson. The event is open to the public.

Mr Ferguson, co-founder of Ferguson Mann Architects and founder of Acanthus Associated Architectural Practices Limited, said: "Real regeneration is about releasing the pent-up desire that lies in all of us to improve the place that we live, work and play".

Tickets are £10 and cover the cost of all three parts of the evening.

You can order tickets online by finding the event on the Civic Society website. 

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