Buchanan Street wins Great Street award

12 Nov 2007

Buchanan Street has fought off some illustrious names and very strong competition from the finest shopping avenues in Britain and Ireland to win the Academy of Urbanism's 'Great Street' award for 2008.

The Academy arrived at a shortlist of three - Buchanan Street, London's Regent Street and Dublin's O'Connell Street - before giving the award to Glasgow's finest shopping street.

Judges from the Academy had visited Buchanan Street in early August and spoken to representatives of the City Council, as well as retailers and property owners when considering the nomination and the street's future development.

Councillor Philip Braat collected the award on behalf of the Council at a ceremony in London on 9 November. Councillor Braat said: "This was a great day for Glasgow, with the news of the Commonwealth Games' decision and the Academy of Urbanism's award for Buchanan Street. The award underlines both Glasgow's prominent position in UK retailing and the attractiveness of Buchanan Street as a place for shoppers to visit."

This award follows last year's recognition of the Merchant City, when the rejuvenated area on the city centre's East side won the 'Best Neighbourhood' Award from the Academy of Urbanism.

More information on the Academy is available from the Academy of Urbanism website.

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