ActOne Cinema Highly Commended by Ealing Civic Society

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ActOne Cinema has been highly commended at the annual Ealing Civic Society awards.

The short-listed entries were judged by local architect Ania Lill, retired Borough architect Gavin Leonard and Ellie Carter, student of architecture.

The judges praised the sensitive restoration of the Grade II listed former Victorian library and the creation of a new 77 seat cinema with a cafe and community space.

They were also impressed by the hard work of volunteers who crowdfunded for the project and did much of the restoration work themselves adding that the new cinema in this ‘attractive landmark building’ is helping to regenerate the area.

The winners of Ealing Civic Society’s award scheme were presented with certificates by Jane Mossman, Better Futures+ Project Manager from West London Business, at a ceremony at Open Ealing on the evening of Tuesday 25 October.

Since 1989 the Society has given awards to recognise and encourage building and environmental projects that make a noteworthy contribution to the community in the Borough of Ealing. Winners receive a certificate and a full award winner may display specially designed Society plaque.

Amanda Mason with the “highly commended” certificate for the ActOne Cinema
Amanda Mason with the 'highly commended' certificate for the ActOne Cinema

ActOne Cinema was the only nominee to be highly commended but commendations were also given to a number of other projects in the borough for architectural merit.

The Tree House: a small comfortable dwelling has been created on the site of a former garage. It has 2 bedrooms and is on 4 split levels. The judges liked the clever use of light and the calm atmosphere of the house.

They were also impressed by the three Elizabeth Line stations, Ealing Broadway, West Ealing and Acton, due to the consistent Crossrail ‘branding’ across all 3 stations, the improvement of the passenger experience including covered platforms and step-free access, and the retention of views of the earlier station buildings.

The West London Islamic Centre was not awarded a certificate, but the judges highlighted this development, which is only Phase 1 of a larger project, saying that they hoped it would be resubmitted for the award once the project is complete.

Other shortlisted entries this year were Brick Corner House and the Perfume Factory Flats.

Ealing Civic Society Chairman, Ann Chapman, reminded attendees that the aim of the award was to promote and celebrate good design across all kinds of building and landscape. The Society’s award scheme was an early promoter of good design, which is now increasingly being recognised as an important contributor to a sense of place and community. She noted that a variety of projects had been submitted and commended the awarded schemes.

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November 5, 2022

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