Past Projects

Added 3 March 2019

This page will hold a list of Projects undertaken by Reading Civic Society on its own and working with other groups.

Thames Lido Highly Commended in the Civic Voice Design Awards 2018 & Commended in Andrew Lloyd Webber / Historic England’s Angel Awards 2018

On Thursday 12th July, at the London City offices of architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, it was announced that Thames Lido, the restored Edwardian Ladies Baths in Kings Meadow, had won the Highly Commended Award in the Civic Voice’s Design Awards 2018 – Historic Buildings Category. In this it was judged equally with the restoration of Turner’s House in Twickenham.  Both projects cost around £3M. The Civic Voice Design Awards, which are in their 4th year,  are the “people’s choice”; projects are submitted for consideration by members of local communities and societies rather than members of the architectural profession.

First place was taken by The Story House in Chester, a £36M rescue of a former Cinema and its conversion into a Cinema, Theatre and Library.  It was funded by the local council at a cost per sq metre 4 times that of the cost of restoring Thames Lido.

Full details Civic Voice Design Awards all the results

We also submitted the project for consideration under Andrew Lloyd Webber/ Historic England Angels Awards and it was Highly Commended against some very tough competition.

Great votes for a great Reading project.

Above: The presentation of the Award by R-L; Deborah Lamb, Deputy Chief Executive Historic England, to Arne Ringner, Owner of Thames Lido, and Richard Bennett DL, Chair Reading Civic Society. (Photograph copyright of Paul Humble).