Monument shortlisted for award (no joke)

News that the so-called ‘transformation’ of the Grylls Monument has been shortlisted for an award has left me speechless.

The building is one of four projects shortlisted in the Public Realm category of the Civic Voice Design Awards.

I find it staggering that the work carried out could be considered for an award from a body that states on its website that ‘The Civic Voice Design Awards are the people’s choice for architecture and the built environment … the awards are a national celebration of well-designed new build, heritage and public realm projects nominated by local community organisations. What makes the awards different from other industry awards is that they recognise those buildings, places and spaces that are loved by local people, for both their high quality design and positive impact on the local community.’

Like many readers I would argue any statement that says that the Grylls Monument project is loved by local people and has a positive impact on the local community. In fact, if not for the negative press the project has received, I wonder whether people would even notice its supposed ‘transformation’.

In your opion was the project worth its estimated £300,000 cost and worthy of an award?

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