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Awards for the good, bad and ugly in Chester

Published date: 19 February 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A HOUSING association has received key award for transforming a disused Chester building into environmentally friendly HQ.

The association received the Chairman’s Special Award at a Chester Civic Trust New Year Honours 2014 presentation lunch held in Bishop Lloyd’s Palace, Chester.

The Good The Bad and the Ugly annual awards are organised by Chester Civic Trust to recognise the positive changes within the local built environment, including buildings, signs, street furniture and art.

Muir Group received the award after investing £2 million into the old NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency offices in Lightfoot Street, Hoole.

The property, which remained empty for some years, has been transformed into the new headquarters for just under 100 of Muir Group’s employees and was designed with features such as triple glazed windows and an efficient heating system to minimise its environmental impact.

“We would like to thank the Chester Civic Trust for this award and are delighted that our new headquarters have been recognised in this way by a group representing the residents of Chester,” said David Booth, chairman of Muir Group, who attended the event to receive the award on behalf of the housing group.

Catherine Dixson, Muir Group chief executive, added: “Winning the award is a tremendous accomplishment for Muir Group and recognises the hard work that went into creating an environmentally friendly headquarters that provides more efficient services for residents and an enjoyable workplace for staff.”

The awards which have been held for the past eight years are based on nominations made by members of Chester Civic Trust and includes categories such as public art, buildings, maintenance and cleanliness.

Good awards
l The new Chester Crematorium in Blacon Avenue, Blacon.
l The new Blue Coat Church of England Primary School in Walpole Street, Chester.
l The Church bar and restaurant in Newgate Street, Chester, a conversion of the former St Andrew’s Church.
l Office extension at Woodhouse Farm, Aldford, part of the Grosvenor Estate.

Commended
l The Portico European Union-funded archaeological heritage work on the City Walls towers and gateways.
l The Architect bar and restaurant in Nicholas Street, Chester.
l Community building on Aldford Common.
l Building refurbishment of Edgar House Hotel, City Walls, overlooking the River Dee.
Commended website
l Mapping a Medieval City (www. medievalchester.ac.uk)

Bad awards
l Continued closure of Prince Rupert’s Trench (Rocky Lane) between Liverpool Road and Parkgate Road.
l Continued deterioration of Greenbank in Eaton Road, Handbridge.
l Poor quality of the shelters at Chester Bus Exchange.
l View from City Walls of a poorly maintained yard at rear of an empty property in Newgate Street, Chester.

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