OXFORD Preservation Trust has handed out its annual awards to recognise the best conservation schemes in the city.

The results were announced on Tuesday at St John’s College, recognising the positive contribution the projects make to Oxford and its green setting.

Eleven plaques were awarded, to include conservation and the external Stone Cleaning at Balliol College which adds to the enjoyment of Broad Street, the Restoration of Keble College Dining Hall, and the Conservation of the Danby Arch at the entrance to the Botanic Gardens.

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The New Buildings category was particularly varied this year from the University’s RIBA award-winning Beecroft Building, St John’s Library & Study Centre, New College’s Clore Music Studios, the Blenheim Estate Office, and Housing at the Dora Carr Close development in Northway.

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Science Oxford Centre & Wood Centre for Innovation at Stansfeld Park brought together new buildings and the natural environment which was matched by other public realm improvements recognised, including work to the Thames Towpath, together with the little-known Grates Medieval Wall just behind Cowley Centre.

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Looking forward to this year’s Light Festival, from November 15-17, the trust also recognised TORCH for last year’s son et Lumiere at the Radcliffe Infirmary, in its new category for Temporary Projects.

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Debbie Dance, director of the Oxford Preservation Trust, said: “It is testament to those working in Oxford that the standard and quality of the award entries remains so high and gives out such a positive message about all the work we do.”

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The preservation trust has thanked its sponsors Carter Jonas, Critchleys Accountants,and Mathews Comfort Insurance Brokers, and St John’s College for the hosting the presentation.

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The plaque winners were: Large Building Conservation: Balliol College Stone Cleaning, Broad Street; Restoration of Keble College Dining Hall Small Building Conservation: Conservation of Danby Arch, Oxford Botanic Garden New Building: Beecroft Building, Science Area; St John’s College Library and Study Centre; Science Oxford Centre & Wood Centre for Innovation, Stansfeld Park; Dora Carr Close, Northway Small Projects: Blenheim Estate Office; New College Clore Music Studios Landscape and Public Realm: The Grates Medieval Wall, Cowley; Thames Towpath Improvements.

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Certificates were also awarded to The Plough at 38, Cornmarket; All Saints Church, Wytham; Stained Glass conservation in Balliol College Chapel; Boxers Statue Restoration, Magdalen College; Access works and Refurbishment of the Music House at St. Catherine’s College; Kimber Wing, New College; 42-43 Park End Street; Roof Terrace ‘Pavement in the Sky’ Westgate; Victorian Light Night – Victorian Speed of Life’.

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On the judging panel were John Stevenson, Liz Woolley, Alice Purkiss, Debbie Dance, Rev Prof William Whyte, Prof Elizabeth McKellar and Dr Geoffrey Tyack.

Oxford Preservation Trust linked up with Oxford University, its colleges and other organisations for the Open Doors festival in September.

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The conservation charity, which celebrated their 90th anniversary in 2017, puts together an extensive annual programme.

This year’s theme was Made in Oxford.

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Numerous colleges and churches welcomed people in as part of the weekend celebrations and quirky locations were on the itinerary, including Osney Lock Hydro and the LMS swing bridge in Rewley Road.

Oxford Open Doors has a partnership with the university, and this year was sponsored by Malmaison.

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Vintage buses ran trips, firefighters were available to talk to visitors young and old, and the BMW Mini car plant also taking part, opening its car museum.

All Souls College opened its gates onto Radcliffe Square to share some of its treasures and there was a silver band to entertain visitors. New College, where scenes were shot for the Harry Potter movies, also took part.