Exceptionally, in 2009, there were two recipients of the Paviors’ Award for excellence in
Lord Street Improvements, Southport
The Lord Street project restored part of Southport’s most important public spaces. The new
pedestrian-friendly space around the war memorial includes high quality stone paving and
seats for the citizens and visitors to Southport. Features include decorative balustrade walls,
fountains, bronze sculptures and a sun dial.
The Master makes the presentation in the shelter of the war memorial
Extensive repairs to the war memorial and
pavilion were carried out by a specialist conservation contractor. The Master, Andrew Panter,
and the Paviors’ Award judge, Mike Cottell, travelled to Southport on the 6th July to make
the awards of certificates and a commemorative plaque. Unfortunately, the weather was
unkind and the presentation party had to shelter under the war memorial until the storm had
passed over. A short gap of fine weather allowed the presentation to be made on the Lord
Street pedestrian area.
The commemorative plaque and certificate were presented to the client, Sefton Borough Council, represented by The Mayor, Cllr Alf Doran and a certificate each to the designer, Capita Symonds, represented by Andrew Sawyer and Paul Grogan, and to the contractor, Balfour Beatty, represented by Dragan Barnet.
‘De-ringing’ of the Ashford Ring Road, Kent
The ‘de-ringing’ of the Ashford Ring Road is a very innovative scheme where the objectives
were to improve the town of Ashford by breaking the barrier created by the three and fourlane
one-way ring-road around the traditional town centre. This enabled the development of
adjacent areas for shopping, housing and offices.
Cllr Nick Chard, The Master, Mike Cottell, Paul Winston and Jonathan Stewart
Ashford is one of the Government’s four
growth areas. The scheme raises the profile of Ashford and facilitates the development and
growth of the town. The works involved the removal of traditional highway signs and
markings, and introduced a ‘shared space’, where pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles
have equal status. A 20-mph zone has been introduced, but it is the appearance and layout of
the streets which are the key to achieving the required behaviour and responsibility of all
users. The project included impressive paving and street furniture, and interesting artistic
features. The imaginative scheme is one of the first shared-space projects in the UK.
North Gardens with new street trees and paving taken at dusk
9th of October 2009, the Master Andrew Panter, accompanied by the award judge, Mike
Cottell, went to Ashford and presented certificates and a commemorative plaque to Councillor
Nick Chard of Kent County Council, Cabinet member for Environment, Highways and
Waste, representing the client; Mr Paul Winton of consultants Whitelaw Turkington,
designers; and to Jonathon Stewart of Jackson Civil Engineering, contractors.
De-ringing of Ashford Ring Road – before