Shakespeare’s ‘New Place’ in Stratford-upon-Avon has been selected from 234 applications entered into the 2018 Civic Trust Awards, as one of only three winners in this year’s Selwyn Goldsmith Awards for Universal Design. This special award recognises universal design excellence in the built environment and the other winners are Burrell Foley Fischer’s Depot Cinema and BDP’s National Army Museum.
New Place was Shakespeare’s family home from 1597 until his death there in 1616. The house was demolished in 1702 and a registered garden has been designed to commemorate the importance of the site. FCBStudios were appointed by the Shakespeare Birth Place Trust to not only improve the visitor welcome of New Place and Nash's House, but to meet the access demands of a 21st century audience and facilitate a new and enhanced way in which to view and experience the historic site and gardens.
The site re-opened to the public in August 2016 for the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
The scheme will receive either an Award or Commendation at the Civic Trust Awards ceremony in March 2018.
Click here to see the complete list of the 60 winning projects for 2018.