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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 or close to the general area of Weymouth, Portland and Chickerell.

The principal award for a project of exceptional merit will not be awarded in a year where no such project is recognised. Where a principal award is made, the Society will supply one of their familiar blue plaques for display on or near the property concerned. Plaques are not supplied for other levels of award. Note that only plaques supplied by the Society may be displayed to publicise Civic Society appreciation, and in some circumstances Council Planning approval may be needed for such a display.

The 2018 Awards

The 2018 Awards Presentations took place at
The Nothe Fort on 19th November 2018

The ceremony was attended by

Mayor of Weymouth and Portland, Councillor Gill Taylor
and her Consort Mr. Trefor Morgan,
Mayor of Portland Councillor Charlie Flack
and Mayoress Maria Flack

Awards were presented by WCS Chairman
Dr. Mary Bennett



The Certificate of Merit is awarded for the full restoration of Rodwell Cottage, situated on Rodwell Road near the junction with Rodwell Avenue.

This historic Grade II listed Georgian building with a Victorian annex was in a very poor condition, having been neglected over many years, and had suffered considerable damage.    It was finally purchased and fully restored, with most thorough, detailed and painstaking care, to return it to its original character both internally and externally.  This has resulted in a fine property, which makes a significant contribution to the quality of the neighbourhood in this prominent location on an important major road.

Awarded to:                            Rob and Lynne Cox

Architectural Technologist:  Paul Dean

Heritage Consultant:             Colin Ellis

Builder:                                    The late Andrew White


 A major refurbishment has been carried out to the Jubilee Clock, which commemorates Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee in 1887.  This important and historic Grade II listed landmark structure has been painstakingly re-decorated by a team of specialists, including the intricate painting of details and repair and re-gilding of the weather vane and cupola, and also restoration work to the clock faces, mechanism and the interior.

Project commissioned by  Weymouth and Portland Borough Council

Refurbishment work to the structure by  Osirion Conservation Projects

Restoration of the clock face and mechanism by  Smith of Derby Ltd.

Sent to Weymouth and Portland Borough Council


Refurbishment work has been carried out to the redundant Portland Roads Hotel, which has now been converted to a residential Outdoor Adventure and Field Studies Centre for groups of various ages. Particularly fine is the ground floor frontage, with its characteristic original glazed faience tiles in bold colouring, and newly decorated windows.

The hotel was built in the days when the Royal Navy had an important presence here, but the area suffered badly after the closure of the naval base in 1995.  Now this worth-while new use has made a fine contribution to the regeneration of Castletown, as well as having the benefit of introducing a wide range of people to Portland’s special character and opportunities.  

Sent to Robert Crates and Matthew King,
the Directors of Activate Outdoors Ltd. and
Tom Watson,
Manager of the Portland Outdoor Centre.


This old Portland stone building had been a store used for various purposes over many years, including at one time a fisherman’s store.  It has now been converted to a small one-bedroom house on two floors, giving it a new lease of life.  Its appearance has been improved by modest alterations, with careful choice of materials and appropriate methods that cause minimal disruption to the intrinsic character of this historic building, enhancing this part of the Conservation Area.

Awarded to:     Rev.  Marianne McLachlan.

Design and Implementation by Buckland Developments Southwest Ltd.


This attractive group of eight new houses has been built on the site of the former Alexandra Road Residential Home, which had closed and lain empty for several years.  The Commendation is made for the pleasing design, more in sympathy with the general character of the area.  The grassed space across the frontage is enhanced by the retention of existing trees along the boundary, which provide an appropriate setting in this part of the Lodmoor Hill Conservation Area.

Awarded to:                Juno Developments UK Limited.

Initial Design by:        Etchingham Morris Architecture Ltd.     

Further Design by:     Andrew Mooney Architectural Consultancy

The Special Commendation is awarded for the substantial improvements made to the viewing mound by the Portland Harbourside promenade near Portland Castle, resulting in the creation of a new Memorial Garden.   The experience of visitors to this area is now enhanced by the sensitive use of Portland stone seating and other features, and the information boards which provide a brief history of the island and commemorate important events in the later history of Portland Harbour, including in particular the D-Day Embarkations.

Awarded to:    ZeroC.
Created by Zero C in partnership with Homes England,
with the co-operation of The Land Trust, owner.

Designed by HTA Architects
Groundwork by Fraser Construction.

This year fewer projects than usual were nominated, and after careful consideration it was decided not to present the principal annual award and plaque.

However, there were a number of fine projects completed in the Borough during the year, and six of the best were recognised with the awards listed on this page.

Above - Street view
Below - before development

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This famous tower was built in 1887 for the Jubilee of Queen Victoria using cast and wrought-iron on a stone base.

The four faced clock, set under a square ogee cupola on a broad moulded base sits on a square shaft, with deep frieze with anthemion enrichment and flared cornice.

The shaft is flared out to 4 plinth panels under segmental pediments, linked in an octagon on an octagonal and a circular moulded base on a shallow multi angular stone base.

Above - some of the Award Winners
Geoff Cant - for W & PBC (Town Clock)
Paul Dean - for Robert Cox (Rodwell Cottage)
Angus Johnstone - for ZeroC (Memorial Garden)
Rep. for Rev. Marrianne McLachlan (No. 2 East Street)

Awards  Evening - Report

A report was released to the press shortly after the Award  Presentations. A copy may be downloaded by clicking the button below.

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