The search is on again to find Scotland's best new civic project and civic champion for 2013.

In 2013 a Scottish Civic Trust My Place Award will recognise a building, landscape or public realm project that has had a positive impact in a local neighbourhood and has delivered tangible benefits to that community.  Also, a Scottish Civic Trust My Place Civic Champion Award will be presented to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of their local heritage. Any community based group can nominate a project or person.  These can include:  local civic trusts affiliated to the Scottish Civic Trust, community councils, history societies, housing associations, arts groups, development trusts and community action groups.  Entries must be recently completed projects. These can be new build, restoration, conservation, redevelopment, landscape or public realm projects.   Examples of previous entries and winners can be viewed at www.myplaceawards.org.uk  

Entries for both categories will be published online and the winning and commended entries will be presented at a special ceremony at The Lighthouse in March 2013.

Launching the 2013 awards at the Scottish Civic Trust annual conference on 30 October, Alistair Scott, Scottish Civic Trust board member and Chair of the 2013 Awards judging panel said:

"The Scottish Civic Trust welcomes nominations for the My Place Awards 2013 from community groups across Scotland.  The Awards, now in their 4th year, go from strength to strength.  We are hoping for a record number of entries and would encourage anyone who cares about their local heritage and community to consider nominating a project."

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said:

"I am pleased to continue the Government's support for the Scottish Civic Trust's My Place Awards. High quality buildings and places can make a real difference to the lives of communities. No one appreciates this more than those who benefit directly from excellent facilities and so I think it is very fitting that projects are nominated for these Awards by the communities that they serve.

"Good design is a powerful tool for the creation of successful places which support economic, social and environmental aspirations as well as reinforcing the cultural identity of Scotland's communities."

The 2013 Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards were launched at the Scottish Civic Trust Annual Conference on Tuesday 30 October at the City Chambers, Edinburgh.

For further information contact John Pelan at the Scottish Civic Trust on 0141 221 1466 email john.pelan@scottishcivictrust.org.uk