Civic Trust in administration

The Civic Trust has gone into administration. The organisation is an independent charity that was formed in 1957 to promote excellence in the built environment.

The trustees decided to place the Trust into administration when it became clear that finances would not improve. Philip Kolvin QC sent members a letter on the trustees’ behalf, explaining the decision.

He stated that the organisation’s "modest financial forecast" is unlikely to be met because of "severe funding constraints being imposed on local authorities and our other current and potential funders as a result of the credit crunch."

The Civic Trust acts as an umbrella for more than 700 local civic societies across the UK and these are currently still up and running.

The closure of the charity comes just weeks after the 50th anniversary Civic Trust Awards ceremony at the Emirates Stadium in London.

The awards recognised outstanding projects in architecture, planning, environmental design, landscape, public art and urban design. The underlying principle for the trust was that all projects ought to benefit local communities.


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