The Currey Awards
Professor Harry Currey established the Chrystal Currey Award in 1974 in memory of his late wife Chrystal. She was the first Secretary to the Civic Society, formed in 1965 to counter the threat to demolish the Corn Exchange and rebuild the town centre.
The Civic Society, under the leadership of Henry Moore then living at Perry Green, successfully persuaded the Public Enquiry that the Corn Exchange and the very heart of the market town should be protected and preserved. However, several notable buildings – including the Georgian offices of the Urban District Council and the open-air swimming pool donated to the town by Sir Walter Gilbey – were destroyed, and the River was diverted from its historic course.
Harry Currey was anxious to encourage new building of lasting beauty which would enhance the appearance of the Town, and established this annual competition for an Award to recognise – in the opinion of a panel of local judges – the best contribution. When Professor Currey died in 1998 his then wife, Dr Jacqueline Currey, became President of the Society and the competition was renamed “The Currey Award”.
The Currey Awards 2021
BSCF recently presented its annual Currey Award to recognise high standards of design of buildings, landscape, and the environment.
The candidates were:
St Mary’s Catholic School - refurbishment of Windhill buildings
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School - new school building
11 Windhill - renovations
Bushel House, 11A Windhill - redevelopment
Avanti Meadows School – new building
Waterside Stortford - improvements to river Stort and Environs
The Residence - new office building at Wickham Hall
Although there were some excellent candidates this year, with lots of innovative design and high quality new buildings, the judging panel went back to the main criteria for the Currey Award and, because of the quality of the build but mainly the great improvement to the street scene and Conservation Area (only really appreciated when you compare what was there previously to now), the winner had to be Bushel House.
In addition, Special Recognition was paid to Waterside Stortford whose work as an umbrella organisation, bringing together national and local agencies and local groups, has helped to improve the quality of the Stort itself and has also made the riverside more accessible and pleasant for users.
11a Windhill, Bishop’s Stortford.
To the left before, to the right after improvement.
Special Recognition was paid to Waterside Stortford whose work as an umbrella organisation, bringing together national and local agencies and local groups, has helped to improve the quality of the Stort itself and has also made the riverside more accessible and pleasant for users.
|Red Close (site of the former Red Cow public house)
Special Commendation for the front redevelopment of the former Pearsons store
|Pearse House and grounds, Parsonage Lane
Special Commendation for the Memorial Gardens, Newtown Road
|The Rye Street Housing Development
Special Commendation for the Baptist Church and the Castle Moat refurbishment.
|The Windhill Churches Centre
Special Commendation for the Nags Head public house.
|The Bridge House, Newtown Road
Special Award to Stortford in Bloom.
|Residential Development, William Searing Close
Special Commendation for River Stort Footbridge
|The Ferguson Building, Bishop’s Stortford College
Special Commendation for the Rhodes Arts Complex
|(Joint winners) Saffron Building Society & Host Terrace restaurant
|Herts & Essex Community Hospital
|Carr & Bury and the floodlighting for the churches of St Michael, Bishop’s Stortford and St James, Thorley
|Special Commendation for
Clement Joscelyne rebuilding
|Stort Riverbank (in the town centre)
|Post House Restaurant
|Exceptional Award for the Town Mural
|Coach & Horses, Hockerill
|Hanscombe/Flynns (now Coopers of Stortford)
|Windhill street lighting
|The Corn Exchange