Prestige for Letchworth Garden City Properties

Celebrating architectural excellence within the world’s first Garden City

Letchworth Garden City, the world’s first Garden City, is built on the ideas of Ebenezer Howard and is carefully planned to combine the best elements of town and country living.

It is a very special place with many outstanding qualities, where houses have been designed to harmonise with each other, and architectural features such as chimneys, dormer windows and bay windows add visual interest and variety to the street scene.

We are committed to promoting the conservation of buildings and other environmental features of beauty or historic interest within Letchworth Garden City.

Our Heritage Awards

Recognising the importance of best practice in improving properties in Letchworth Garden City, we like to give public recognition to owners, designers and contractors who observe the highest standards of design and workmanship when carrying out restoration, alterations or new building work.

We have now opened applications for the 2018 Heritage Awards, with the previous awards having taken place in 2016. Entries for this year's awards close on 4 June. You can enter the awards by completing the below application form and returning it to:

Garden City Heritage Awards

Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation

Heritage Advisory Centre

43 Station Road

Letchworth Garden City

Herts

SG6 3BQ

If you would like to find out more about the awards or advice on entering your home, please get in touch with our team on 01462 476017 or email home@letchworth.com

Find out more about 2016's winner

A century-old home was voted as the public’s favourite in the 2016 Heritage Awards.

Kiri and Daniel Law from Broadwater Avenue saw off stiff competition from three other finalists to win the accolade following an extensive refurbishment to their original Letchworth Garden City property, which has been owned by three generations of Kiri’s family.

The finalists had been shortlisted by a team of experts including architects, planners and community representatives from a variety of entries from across the town, before the going to a public vote. 

The awards, organised by the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation every three years, celebrate the unique nature of properties in Letchworth and the work that their owners have put into transforming these homes for modern living, without compromising their traditional Letchworth design.

David Ames, Head of Strategic Planning for Letchworth Heritage Foundation said. “The extension at Broadwater Avenue was part of a whole scale refurbishment of the property and the judges were particularly impressed with the quality of the finishes and detailing, making it worthy of this award and an example for other homeowners. Kiri and Daniel were commended for the great care taken with the refurbishment given the historical significance of the property and its distinctive design.

“All those shortlisted have taken so much time and care with their renovations and these homes really stand out while retaining the characteristics that make Garden City homes so unique.”

Commenting on the award, Kiri Law said:  “We were very surprised to win – we really thought another property had won. I've known this house all my life as my great grandparents and grandparents lived here. My family are well and truly steeped in Letchworth’s history - they owned Simmonds shop and coaches – so I’m thrilled to be living in the family home for another generation.  I have great memories of visiting my grandparents every weekend and playing in their garden.”

The couple bought the house in 2010 and renovation work took just over a year. They were commended by judges for retaining original features and returning the windows to their original size as well as opening up the ceilings to their original height. 

Daniel Law added:  “We scoured reclamation yards to find fireplaces that would go with the period of the houses and we were delighted to find two original Letchworth fireplaces which now have pride of place in the bedrooms.  It’s been a lot of hard work so it’s great to be recognised.” 

The other finalists were:

334 Norton Way South, Best Improved Property Frontage
24 Pasture Road, Best Extension or Alteration to a Modern Character Area home  
23 South View, Best Extension or Alteration to a Heritage Character Area home  

Finalists were presented with commemorative plaques at a special ceremony at the Garden Cities Institute  The overall winner also received a luxury hamper.