Seeking the best public spaces
The Awards are organised by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA) and have come to represent the very best of the region’s tourism industry.The Public Space Award, supported by Northwest architecture centre Places Matter!, is designed to reward public realm projects demonstrating excellence in improving the built environment for the region’s visitors. Previous winners include Cumbria County Council for Keswick Market Place in 2007 and Wyre Borough Council for Cleveley’s New Wave in 2008.Entries must demonstrate excellence in areas such as design, ongoing maintenance, innovation and ambition. All shortlisted finalists will receive tickets to the England’s Northwest Tourism Awards Ceremony on Monday 28 September at Blackpool Tower.James Berresford, Director of Tourism at the NWDA, said: “A destination’s sense of place is the key to making it stand out to visitors; from signage to street furniture, the quality of our public spaces plays a huge part in creating distinctive and memorable experiences for our visitors.“There are already a huge number of excellent public realm projects across the Northwest. This award aims to raise awareness of that good work as well as inspire others to work towards the highest standards of design.”Entry forms are available from Nina Parmar firstname.lastname@example.org and from the sub-regional tourist boards in the Northwest. The closing date for entries is Friday 3 July.