Community groups in Birmingham have been asked to nominate the best buildings built in the city in the last two years for the 2006 Civic Trust Awards.

Urban charity The Civic Trust, who campaign for a better built environment in partnership with Birmingham City Council, has organised the awards.

Since its start in 1959, more than 50,000 buildings in the country have been recognised for their architectural style and their contribution to local community.

This year The Civic Trust is searching for entries for building projects, regeneration schemes, public art, urban design and buildings that have made an impact on the local environment.

All potential entries must have been built in the city between January 1, 2003 and September 30, this year.

Civic Trust Awards manager Vivienne Newlands said: "Judging relies on examining the context. It is particular to each place and each building. Every new development could be a winner if it is high quality design and also has a positive community impact."

The competition can be entered by anyone by September 16, if they have the permission of the project's owner and occupier.