22 November 2010
Glasgow was crowned the best city in Europe at the prestigious 2011 Urbanism Awards.
Scotland’s largest city beat off strong competition from Budapest, Hungary and Helsinki, Finland to win the title of 2011 European City of the Year at the Urbanism Awards, which recognises the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments. The event is run by The Academy of Urbanism, whose members include industry-leading architects, planners, engineers, developers and designers.
Having developed on a tradition of manufacturing and trade, Glasgow has undergone extensive regeneration in its city centre and Clyde Riverside to shift its emphasis towards financial and business services, cultural tourism, education, retail and leisure activities.
In May, The Academy of Urbanism had shortlisted 12 British and Irish and three continental European finalists for Friday’s Urbanism Awards, held at Church House in Westminster. Votes came from asking all 450 Academicians to pick one winner per category based on assessment visits to each location last summer.
John Thompson, Chairman of The Academy of Urbanism, said: “Glasgow’s post-industrial transformation has secured its future as a major European city while at the same time preserving its rich architectural and design traditions. The Academy believes this significant achievement deserves to be recognised and celebrated.”
Gordon Lewis, Director of Planning & Design, WYG sponsors of the ‘European City of the Year Award’ said: “It is great to be a part of such a prestigious awards ceremony that brings together those that play a fundamental part in urbanism.
“We are delighted to be presenting the ‘European City of the Year Award’ to Glasgow.”
The other winners were: The Great Town of the Year – Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire; The Great Neighbourhood of the Year – Northern Quarter, Manchester; The Great Street of the Year – Exmouth Market, London; and The Great Place of the Year – Tobermory Harbour, Isle of Mull.
Photo caption: Gordon Lewis, Director of Planning & Design, WYG