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Reading Abbey Project Highly Commended in National Design Awards

Reading Abbey Award

The Reading Abbey Revealed Project has been ‘Highly Commended’ in one of Europe’s most important and prestigious awards.

Reading Borough Council’s Reading Abbey Revealed was named as a successful 2020 National Civic Trust AABC Conservation Awards project, one of only 8 successful shortlisted projects.

Civic Trust Award

The project received the accolade at the 61st Annual Civic Trust Awards Ceremony, held on Friday 6th March 2020, at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester.

Battersea Arts Centre was announced as the overall category winner, with Reading Abbey highly commended alongside seven other projects, including Alexandra Palace East Wing Regeneration in Greater London, Chichester Festival Theatre and Llanthony Secunda Priory in Gloucester.

The Civic Trust Awards encourage and recognise the very best in architecture through promoting sustainability and inclusiveness throughout the built environment and rewarding projects that offer positive social and economic benefits to their local communities. It is also Europe’s longest running architectural and built environment awards programme.

Cllr Tony Page, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Strategic Environment, Planning & Transport, said: “I’m delighted by this well-deserved recognition for the Reading Abbey Project. Our project was highly commended alongside some of the finest examples of recent conservation in the UK.”

Cllr Karen Rowland, Reading’s Lead Councillor for Culture, Heritage and Recreation, said: “The Abbey Revealed Project is an excellent example of an ambitious vision for heritage and culture made reality. I’d like to commend all those involved in making this award-winning project a success from the developers and staff to the wonderful volunteers in this town. Together, they have ensured that Reading‘s Abbey has truly returned to become a highlight of our town’s cultural and heritage scene. We are also getting very excited for the build up to 2021, which marks the 900th anniversary of the foundation of Reading Abbey.”

Reading Abbey Award – More Information

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The Abbey Quarter in central Reading brings together nationally important heritage within the former grounds of Reading Abbey, once one of Europe’s largest royal monasteries.  The conservation of the Grade I listed, scheduled Abbey Ruins and Abbey Gateway were central to Reading Council’s vision to transform the Abbey Quarter into a unique historical destination.

Reading Abbey Revealed is a major project, made possible through £1.77 million funding support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund and match funding of £1.38million from Reading Borough Council. The Abbey Gateway completed in April 2018 and the Abbey ruins re-opened to the public on 16th June 2018.

900th Anniversary in 2021

2021 marks the 900th anniversary of the foundation of Reading Abbey by King Henry I in 1121. To celebrate the anniversary, Reading Council has ambitions to work with local partners and the community to develop an exciting mix of arts, culture and heritage events across the town. To find out more or to get involved visit: