Finalists Announced – 2018 Urbanism Awards

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The Academy of Urbanism is delighted to announce 15 Great Places shortlisted by a panel of Academicians as finalists in the 2018 Urbanism Awards.

The Awards, which celebrate and learn from great placemaking, cover five categories of scale, including European City of the Year and Great Town, Neighbourhood, Street and Place. This year’s Awards are highlighting places built or rebuilt since 1945 in order to learn how they have transformed themselves into being examples of good urbanism.

The results were announced by David Rudlin, Chair of the Academy at The Annual Spring Debate on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 hosted by Grosvenor.

The Academy will now establish relationships with key stakeholders in each of the 15 places prior to a summer assessment visit.

The winners of the Awards will be announced at the 2018 Urbanism Awards ceremony on 8 November 2017.

European City of the Year

Bilbao, Spain
Ljubljana, Slovenia
Vienna, Austria

The Great Town

Corby, Northamptonshire
Coventry, West Midlands
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

The Great Neighbourhood

Byker, Newcastle
Golden Lane Estate, London
Smithfield, Dublin

The Great Street

High Street, North Berwick
Humber Street Fruit Market, Hull
Smallbrook Queensway, Birmingham

The Great Place

Brunswick Centre, London
Roald Dahl Plass, Cardiff
Gaol Ferry Steps, Bristol

For more information on the Awards process, or for press enquiries, please contact Stephen Gallagher [email protected]; +44 (0) 20 7251 8777

There are 2 comments

  1. Amy Burbidge

    Wonderful news for Corby! Things to visit (alongside the obvious ie new station, The Cube, Cinema and Olympic Pool):
    – Adrenalin Alley – largest indoor skate park in Europe https://adrenalinealley.co.uk/
    – Hazel and Thoroughsale Woods – remnant of the ancient forest of the Rockingham Forest which used to be a barrier to movement but after massive investment, has been turned to an asset.
    -Kingswood Square – new public square following redevelopment of large Council estate.
    – Tresham College – new 6th form
    – Corby Business Academy -new Academy at Priors Hall (urban extn to the east) and adjacent new Primary School plus Priors Hall itself.
    Major growth planned to east and west of the town – set to grow by 10,000 homes and new garden village just to the east, but within adjacent authority.
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  2. Lucy Flower

    Wonderful to see my home town (Hull – UK City of Culture 2017!) and lovely Corby on this list. My sister-in-law got married in the Cube, an astonishing building, and Thoroughsale Woods are delightful. It would be terrific if both Hull and Corby were winners; Humber Street is a brilliant example of sensitive and successful urban regeneration and has become the cultural heart of the city’s dramatic renaissance. Good luck to everyone!

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