Keswick Market Place

Entries open for NW public space award

Local authorities across the region are being invited to enter nominations for the public space category of this year's England's Northwest Tourism Awards.

The Public Space Award, sponsored by regional 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 of the award include Cumbria County Council for Keswick Market Place in 2007 and Wyre Borough Council for Cleveley's New Wave in 2008.

Entries, which are encouraged on an open and a 'nomination' basis, will need to demonstrate excellence in areas such as design, ongoing maintenance, innovation and ambition. Judges will also be looking for consideration of factors highlighted in the public realm handbook 'Creating Inspirational Spaces', published by Places Matter! and the North West Development Agency in 2008.

All shortlisted finalists will receive tickets to the England's Northwest Tourism Awards Ceremony on Monday 28 September at Blackpool Tower.

  • Entry forms are available from Nina Parmar, email address The closing date for entries is Friday 3 July.

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