For the first time in the 65-year history of the Civic Trust Awards, a project has received two National Special Awards — The National Panel Special Award, which stands as the top award, chosen by National Panel members from among this year's winning projects, and the Special Award for Sustainability, granted to projects demonstrating exceptional sustainability credentials across various parameters including design, materials, construction methods, and long-term energy consumption.

The project celebrated during the 2024 ceremony is The New Temple Complex by James Gorst Architects, with Skelly & Couch credited for developing the building’s environmental strategy. In presenting the award, John Davies, Head of Sustainability at Derwent London announced:


"The New Temple Complex has embraced a forward-thinking, net-zero carbon approach, focusing on a site-generated, all-electric strategy supported by natural ventilation and daylighting, integrated into a resource-efficient, engineered timber structure. This project stood out by demonstrating how a low-carbon yet impactful design can successfully marry sustainability and architecture. A highly worthy winner."


The Temple Complex sets a standard for sustainable architecture, showcasing how innovative design can not only minimise environmental impact but also create spaces that are functional, beautiful, and enduring. It has been an honour to contribute to this project and we extend our heartfelt congratulations to all involved.


Architect James Gorst Architects
Client The White Eagle Lodge
Structural engineer Eckersley O’Callaghan
M&E consultant Skelly & Couch
Main Contractor Beard Construction
Universal Design Consultant Peter Connel Associates
Landscape Architect Mc William Studio

Skelly & Couch project Alfriston School swimming pool by Duggan Morris Architects has won a coveted 2015 RIBA National Award.