Barnsley is one of three finalists in the running for the prestigious “The Great Town Award” as part of The Urbanism Awards 2018.
The awards are run by the Academy of Urbanism, which promotes and celebrates great places. It is an autonomous, politically independent and self-funded organisation which is comprised of more than 500 leading developers, designers and city leaders.
Every year the Academy hands out awards in the categories of City, Town, Neighbourhood, Street and Place. Having made it through from the initial shortlist of ten to the final shortlist of three, Barnsley will be pitched against Chelmsford in Essex and Paisley in Renfrewshire to take home this impressive accolade. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 7 November.
Barnsley’s nomination shows recognition for the strong character and identity of the town and its residents. It also recognises the successful delivery of some key projects over recent years, such as the Digital Media Centre and Gateway Plaza, which have complemented the existing well-loved buildings such as the Town Hall, and enhanced the attractiveness of the town as a place to live, work, play, visit and enjoy.
The nomination is also a vote of confidence for the ambitious plans which will further transform the town centre, including the renovation of the historic markets, the opening of the new Library @ the Lightbox and the delivery of new shops, restaurant and a public square as part of The Glass Works development.
Barnsley welcomed a panel of assessors from the Academy of Urbanism during the summer who toured the town and undertook an evaluation on a range of factors, including local character, health and wellbeing, commercial success, leadership and environmental sustainability.
Barnsley Council’s Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, Councillor Roy Miller, commented:
“We are delighted to have been named in the final three for this award, which is a huge vote of confidence in our town. We enjoyed welcoming the team from the Academy of Urbanism to Barnsley and showing them what makes our town so special – from the splendour of our civic buildings to the local characters who give our town its unique character. We shared with them our clear vision for the future, which is to create a vibrant and economically prosperous town but one which is inclusive to all."