Glasgow comes out on top

10 Dec 2010

Glasgow has been voted European City of the Year at the Academy of Urbanism's annual awards.

The Academy of Urbanism Awards aim to recognise the most improved urban environments as well as innovation and sustainability in urban areas. Glasgow took top spot in the annual awards, beating runners up Helsinki and Budapest.

The academy's assessment of the city highlighted a 20 per cent growth in Glasgow's economy in the decade to 2007, when the city gained 63,000 jobs and 45,000 residents.

The awards, which were presented at a ceremony dinner on 19 November at Church House, Westminster were to:
•  European City of the Year - Glasgow, Scotland
•  The Great Town Award - Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire
•  The Great Neighbourhood Award - Northern Quarter, Manchester
•  The Great Street Award - Exmouth Market, London
•  The Great Place Award - Tobermory Harbour, Isle of Mull

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:

"While Scotland has come away as the big winner of this year's awards, the high
standard and broad spread of nominees across all regions - from Yorkshire to
London - inspires confidence in the widespread community-led regeneration that
continues to take place across the UK and Ireland."