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This Letter of Appreciation is for major alterations to the ground floors of these three historic buildings by the Fairhaven Hotel, especially the welcome reinstatement of domestic frontages to the Esplanade, which are now designed to be more appropriate to the Georgian and Victorian character of the buildings, replacing unsuitable modern restaurant and shop fronts. New bow windows have been constructed on the ground floors of the two listed Georgian properties to match the original bow windows on the floors above. The Victorian building at No. 38 has new windows and door in keeping with its character, while new railings have added to the domestic appearance of the buildings.

Picture on the left - as it is now.    Picture on the right - as it was.

Awarded to Kings Weymouth Ltd.

Architect:  Nicholas Brown (RIBA) Ltd.

The 2017 Awards

Weymouth Civic Society Awards

Each year, members of the Civic Society look out for projects to be considered for our annual awards. We look for high quality new developments, or restorations of historic buildings or features that make a contribution to the appearance and general quality of the local environment.

Suggestions may include domestic, commercial or public buildings or landscape features, and may vary in size from a large housing scheme to a small but noticeable improvement to a single building in a “tired” area. The selected schemes must be completed during the year to October, and be situated within the general area of Weymouth, Portland and Chickerell.

The 2017 awards were announced and presented at the Nothe Fort on 20th November. Thanks are due to Brenda Pickett and Pauline Crump who supplied the content for this page, and the Nothe Fort Volunteers and staff (particularly Restaurant Manager Jill) who prepared the venue.



This year’s winning project is the Crabbers’ Wharf development at Castletown, Portland.  It involved the demolition of vacant and decaying industrial buildings formerly used for crab and lobster processing situated on Castletown Pier, and their replacement by a modern building designed to suggest the form of a ship.  The ground floor is divided into small marine business units, and there are nine holiday apartments above, named Caissons View after the two Second World War ‘mulberry harbour’ Phoenix Caissons in the harbour nearby.  

The award is given for the creation of this ingenious and aesthetically pleasing building of good modern design, which fits in well with the local maritime environment.  As part of a major project to regenerate this part of Castletown, it has made a valuable contribution to reviving the area, which suffered badly following the closure of the naval base.  It has opened up a view of the caissons, which will greatly add to the historic interest in them.  

Other related improvements include the major refurbishment of the former Admiralty buildings for occupation by Agincare Ltd, the creation of the  Castletown D-Day Museum, provision of mooring facilities for marine uses and a ferry service, newly refurbished shop units, and the replacement of a disused toilet block by a new building for a dive centre – all planned to reinvigorate the area.

Awarded to:  Derek Luckhurst

Design concept by Derek Luckhurst
Architectural Design by P. Dean Associates and Steven Jones Plan Design
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The Society has made two awards for the splendid neo-classical monument to Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton at Bincleaves Green.  

A Special Award is given to the Thomas Fowell Buxton Society for the monument, which has been created in recognition of the major part played by Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, owner of Belfield House and MP for Weymouth, in bringing about the abolition of slavery in the British Empire in 1833, as well as other social reforms. In particular the unstinting work in the achievement of this project by the members of The Thomas Fowell Buxton Society is most praiseworthy.

Awarded to: The Thomas Fowell Buxton Society.

Picture shows Dr John Fannon (left) and  Joyce Fannon, Originators and Project Managers, with Peter Loizou (right) and student.

The Practical Artistry Award
goes to Weymouth College’s Stonemasonry Department for the design and creation of the Monument, an obelisk in Portland stone, of good neo-classical design appropriate to the era in which Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton was active, and finely carved with detailed images of significance to his life and work in the abolition of slavery.  It enhances the open space of Bincleaves Green, providing a focal point for views in various directions.

Awarded to  Weymouth College Stonemasonry.
Designed by Peter Loizou, former student,
now lecturer in Stonemasonary.
Carved by Students of Weymouth College
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The Certificate is awarded for the sensitive restoration of Lansdowne Villa, partly facilitated by the development of four new houses in its grounds.  The Villa, an important Victorian building in the Lansdowne Square Conservation Area, had been lying empty and was beginning to deteriorate.  It is now a fine residence suitable for modern living, while retaining its integrity.  Its setting is respected by the quality of the landscaping and surface treatment of the whole site, together with the design and materials of the four new houses, all in harmony with the main Villa.

Awarded to  Lighthouse Land (Weymouth) Ltd.

Design by
Design Partnership.



The commendation is made for new houses which form the first phase of a much larger scheme at Lorton Park, Broadwey. These attractive dwellings, in light coloured render with slate roofs, fit well into this rural location. They are thoughtfully designed to create a pleasant group, well landscaped, with low boundary walls in natural stone. There were a number of constraints on this site, including the power lines, several groups of trees, and the historic Old Rectory in the centre of the area, separate from this development. Care has been taken to retain the existing oaks and other trees, and to keep the spacious setting around the Old Rectory. Picture shows Malcolm Curtis, Developer and Peter Morgan, Architect.

Awarded to  Koori Limited           Architects:      Tetlow King                                                   Click here for more info.



This Grade II listed 19th century property situated next to Chapelhay Steps has been carefully refurbished and brought into new use with an attractive shop on the ground floor. The shop is run by the Fairbridge Trust, a charity set up by members of Holy Trinity Church and sells ethically sourced and fairly traded goods, raising funds for the relief of poverty.  The building now makes a significant contribution to the character of the south harbourside area, and it is hoped this will encourage further improvement to the area.

Awarded to  Graham and Linda Perry.                                                 Click here for more info.

Above - scenes from the awards ceremony at The Nothe Fort on 20th November 2017



This elegant new villa on the north side of Buxton Road has been built to replace a former bungalow of the 1930s.  It is a well- proportioned building of modern design and good quality, flat-roofed and rendered in a light colour.  It sits well on its site, and is welcome as a single family house on a generous plot of land, which allows for landscaping of the deep frontage in keeping with the over-all design.

Awarded to the  owner and designer of the building -  Michael Kemp.

Crabbers’ Wharf

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