SKV Communications has been shortlisted for Best Business Communications Campaign in the 2013 International Building Press Communication & PR Awards. The Manchester-based agency was the only North West entrant to be shortlisted in the awards, for 'Bringing Woodnook Back to Life,' a creative PR campaign to boost the profile of Manchester-based specialist housing developer PlaceFirst, and its private-public partnership with registered social landlord Twin Valley Homes and Hyndburn Council, to bring 200 empty homes in Accrington back into use.
James Gillard, from Pendleton, Salford, was selected as Tenant of the Year in the Housing Excellence Awards. Gillard, who is registered disabled and has limited mobility, was nominated for the honour by his landlord Salix Homes for his dedication to the community of Salford. After winning, he said: "When I was reading about all the other people who had been nominated they sounded brilliant to me and I just go along doing what I do week in week out, so I didn't think I stood a chance, but the judges must have thought differently."
Keep Britain Tidy named Blackpool's Central Beach winner of the 2013 Seaside Award, formerly the Quality Coast Award. The national award recognises beaches in England that achieved the highest standards of beach management and, in the case of bathing beaches, meet certain water quality guidelines.
Student Castle's residential tower off Oxford Road, Manchester, designed by Stephen Hodder + Partners, was the judge's pick for large residential project of the year at the Manchester Society of Architects Design Awards 2013. Other winners included Roger Stephenson's new Chetham's School of Music building which won best community building and the overall prize for building of the year.