Lydiate’s 1965 Civic Trust Award winning Seafore Close
There is at least one other local Civic Trust Award winning development/building in Sefton Borough – Formby Swimming Pool (see 1st photo below) – but if there are others they are not presently not known to me. If you wish to let me know of others I would be pleased to hear from you.
Civic Trust Award Winning Formby Swimming Pool
The concrete plinth with the Civic Trust Award plaque affixed to it. You can see it as you enter Seafore Close from Southport Road Lydiate.
And here’s a closer look at the Award plaque:-
The houses are clearly of a unique design and I like them but the fact that they won a nationally prestigious award is what makes them an important part of Lydiate’s history.
I Googled the Civic Trust Award looking for details of the award but their web site does not seem to cover awards given so far back – 52 years! I realise that the timber and asbestos (wrong – see update below) construction will be what makes them unique but am looking for more detailed background to the award.
Here’s a link to the Civic Trust Award web site:-
Civic Trust Awards started in 1959 but the Seafore Close, Lydiate award details are seemingly not presently accessible from the web site. On that basis I have twice recently sent enquiries to the web site for the details, but so far no one has come back to me as the site indicates will happen when enquiries are made.
I hope, therefore, to be able to update this posting when I do manage to track down the full award details. Of course, it could well be that folks out there, particularly people who may have lived in the properties, hold the award details and if so I would be delighted to hear from them.
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Update from Seafore Close resident Wendy Greener – They are not asbestos but made of a strong composite called, I think. Swedes board. They are a Swedish fabrication and this shows mostly in the drainage all being internal, no external guttering or pipes unless added later. This was designed for Sweden’s cold winters to prevent pipes freezing. The houses are surprisingly spacious, lots of light and very warm and soundproof. We have a B rating EPC. We also have a sunny garden down to the canal and wonderful views. I love my home.