Christchurch Civic Trust Awards

Established in 1977, ‘Christchurch Civic Trust awards are presented annually to acknowledge the initiative of individual and community projects that enhance both the built and environmental aspects of the city of Christchurch and its heritage’.

Supreme Award Winners

The Christchurch Civic Trust Supreme Award is given to outstanding examples of building restoration or design.

Civic Trust Award Winners

Civic Trust Awards Criteria

Awards Selection Criteria


1. At the meeting of the Board of the Christchurch Civic Trust (CCT) on 9 April 2002, it was agreed that a set of new classifications and evaluation guidelines be adopted for the purposes of selecting projects for Civic Trust Awards. The outcome of that meeting and subsequent discussions by the Board was the broad classification of awards as follows:

  • Supreme Awards for projects of distinction;
  • Awards for projects of outstanding merit; and
  • Commendations for projects that display a high level of initiative and enterprise.

Award Categories

2. The new Award Categories and associated Evaluation Guidelines are as follows :



A project that has made a material and beneficial change to the city environment, involving either development on a new site or redevelopment of an existing site/structure.



  1. The extent to which the project makes good use of land, enhances the local environment and serves the needs of the community;
  2. The uniqueness, quality and coherence of the architectural design and landscaping;
  3. The general quality and standards of construction;
  4. The level of initiative and enterprise involved in bringing the project to fruition;
  5. The standard of provision made for subsequent management and maintenance; and

6. Other relevant factors specific to the site and/or locality concerned.


A project that has restored, upgraded or protected a site, building or group of buildings of significant heritage, character or conservation value.

  1. The overall quality of the work undertaken and the degree to which a heritage asset has been successfully restored to its original design, upgraded or protected to sustain its heritage value;
  2. The level of compatibility between any new use relating to the site/building concerned and the heritage value thereof;
  3. The level of initiative and enterprise involved in bringing the scheme to fruition; and

4. Other relevant factors specific to the site and/or locality concerned.


Engineering, environmental, transport and other key infrastructure projects that enhance city functions in an efficient, cost-effective, safe and environmentally friendly way.

  1. The magnitude and complexity of the problem to be redressed;
  2. The uniqueness of the project design and manner of implementation;
  3. The general scale of public benefit achieved;
  4. The overall quality and coherence of design; and
  5. Other relevant factors specific to the site and/or locality concerned.


Special events and programmes that (i) serve to raise the community’s awareness and appreciation of its heritage assets and/or

(ii) promote a sustainable environment and the enjoyment of the city’s physical attributes.

  1. The level of innovation, initiative and enterprise involved in planning and executing the project;
  2. The degree of subsequent public involvement and participation; and
  3. Other relevant factors specific to the event or programme concerned.

Principles for selecting award projects

4. The CCT Board also agreed that:

  1. Projects considered should cover schemes of variable scale, comprising either individual or composite elements;
  2. there should be no age limit set over potential award projects;
  3. Due account should be taken of the individual or collective merits of the stated guidelines and other relevant factors; and
  4. There should be latitude in allowing a “carry over” from one year to the next of long-listed projects not selected for an award in a given year, unless there are firm grounds for exclusion based on selected evaluation guidelines.