GOLD STAR AWARDS – celebrating good quality developments
We think it’s important to celebrate good quality developments in our area and Gold Star awards are presented at our AGM each year. They are given for projects completed in the past year which can be clearly seen by the general public, so most rear extensions are excluded!
Each year we collect nominations – from proud property owners, from architects and from Society members. We arrive at a short list and conduct a formal site inspection in September (on a Sunday morning).
There have been one or two years when nothing has reached a high enough standard but most years we have sufficient nominations and we are able to celebrate with Gold Star awards.
For example in 2016 Gold Star awards were made to the following developments:
Colstons’ Primary School, Elmgrove Road
The different levels on this site have been successfully exploited to create separate and well landscaped outdoor spaces for different age groups. From the street the timber clad buildings go well with the restored stone boundary wall.
The Downs Haven
This unobtrusive building at the very top of Blackboy Hill was built in 1917 by public subscription for the benefit of service personnel who were convalescing from their wounds at the nearby Queen Victoria Hospital. Council owned, it has been carefully restored by volunteers.
The Pissoir (gentlemans public lavatory), Blackboy Hill
This early example of the public convenience was erected in the 1880’s by Bristol Corporation and is one of only three remaining in Bristol. The cast iron structure, made in Glasgow, has been carefully restored and the glass roof renewed.
158 Redland Road
This large 1930’s semi-detached house has been much improved by its renovation, with period details retained and emphasised. The landscaping is particularly successful.
8 Kersteman Road
The substantial former electricity sub-station space has been reused as living space with new floors over creating a 3 level house. A welcome new use of a redundant building. It adjoins a church converted to residential use – a former RCAS Gold Star winner.