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Ashley Vale wins European Neighbourhood of the Year 2017

Friday 18 November 2016

Ashley Vale wins European ‘Neighbourhood of the Year’ at 2017 Urbanism Awards

The award is one of five given out annually by The Academy of Urbanism to recognise the best, most enduring or most improved cities, towns, neighbourhoods, streets and places. Voted on by Academicians, who include leading architects, planners and developers, each award looks at a number of social, economic and environmental factors, including good governance and commercial success.

Bristol self-build development, Ashley Vale, took home The Great Neighbourhood award. The project has been regarded as an exemplar of the success of community control housing development within a market economy. Lead assessor, Tim Challans, stated that the self-build is “conceptually and practically a fine example of good practice in urbanism because it shows how people with a common purpose can take control of the development of their own neighbourhood and, with the support of an innovative City Council, created an interesting, sustainable and bespoke living environment”.

Copenhagen was awarded the European City of the Year while Clonakilty in Ireland received the Great town award.

2017 Urbanism Awards finalists (winners are asterisked):
Copenhagen (Denmark)*
Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Montpellier (France)

Blackpool (Lancashire, England)
Clonakilty (County Cork, Ireland)*
Todmorden (West Yorkshire, England)

Ashley Vale (Bristol, England)*
Newhall (Harlow, England)
Ouseburn (Newcastle, England)

Lark Lane (Liverpool, England)
Newry Street (Banbridge, Northern Ireland)
Wood Street, Walthamstow (London, England)*

Greenwich Market (London, England)
Leicester Market (Leicester, Northern Ireland)
Viking Triangle (Waterford, Ireland)*


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