Georgian Group Shortlists Shop Front Scheme for Award

We extremely pleased to be able to report that the Cockermouth Shopfront Heritage Grant Scheme has been short-listed in the ‘Restoration of a Georgian Building in an Urban Setting’ category as part of the 2011 Georgian Group Architectural Awards.

This is a fantastic achievement and testament to the joined-up working of the steering group that has made the scheme such a success. Winners will be announced on Monday 31 October at a ceremony in London with all short-listed schemes receiving a commendation certificate from Viscount Linley.

To give you an idea of the competition that we are up against, the winning scheme in our category from 2010 was ‘The Quadrangle, Buckingham Palace and Lancaster House, London SW1’ (http://www.georgiangroup.org.uk/docs/awards/winners.php?id=4:48:0:1).

“We were deeply impressed by the determination of the local authority and community

to bring something positive out of adversity. The flooding must have been a serious shock to the system but far from being defeated Cockermouth seems to have emerged stronger – it is the kind of robust response that other communities that have suffered trials in recent  months, albeit through man-made rather than natural disasters, would do well to study. We congratulate Cockermouth on its resilience and positive attitude and for recognizing that caring for its physical fabric, in the shape of its historic buildings, is both a powerful statement of intent and a tonic in times of trouble. “