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| 11/09/2007 |
BCSC SHORTLISTS SIX PROJECTS FOR 2007 TOWN CENTRE ENVIRONMENT AWARDS
 
   

Retail property organisation BCSC has short-listed six projects in six towns and cities across the UK for its annual Town Centre Environment Awards.

The short-listed projects include:

- Southwater Village Centre, Horsham
- St Helens Town Centre
- Redruth Town Centre
- Cornmill Gardens, Lewisham
- St George's Square and Bridge Gate, Hebden Bridge
- St George's Square, Luton

Judges will visit the projects in the shortlist, starting in mid- September. The awards will be announced at the 2007 BCSC Conference & Showcase taking place in NewcastleGateshead from 5-7 November. The event is expected to attract over 3,000 executives including retailers, developers, agencies and local authorities and others with an interest in the managed retail environment.

Inaugurated in 1991, the Town Centre Awards celebrate and reward the best that Britain and Northern Ireland have to offer in terms of planning and investing to maintain the historical, social and economical significance of town and city centres. The awards are open to entries from public bodies who - through local authorities, town centre management initiatives and others - demonstrate the benefits of improved public realm infrastructure.

This year saw around 20 towns and cities across the UK submitting projects.

John Laker, Chairman of property company Centros Miller Ltd, is chairing the eight-member Town Centre Environment Awards jury which includes representatives from the retail, development, consultant, architectural and local authority sectors.

He comments:
"The Town Centre Environment Awards recognise outstanding work in urban renaissance and reward those who promote vibrant, competitive locations. The jury will assess short-listed projects using judging criteria looking at the effective use of design, community involvement and enhancement of the environment."

The Town Centre Environment Awards jury includes Clive Bentley, Property Director Costa Ltd; Andrew Dickens, Head of Cultural, Leisure & Commercial Services at Wyre Forest District Council; Tony Hatch, Head of Property at BHS Limited; Andrew Martin, Consultant to the Grosvenor Shopping Centre Fund and CBRE Investors; Christopher Robson, Corporate Property Advisors; Brian Raggett, Partner, Strategic Development & Planning at Strutt & Parker and Andrew Tindsley, Director of Urbanism & Landscape, Building Design Partnership.

The awards, which are sponsored by Centros Miller, are due to be presented on 7 November at the BCSC Conference & Showcase. They will cover projects completed not more than 18 months before 1 July 2007. The Conference itself is sponsored by Grosvenor and will feature speakers including Bob Geldolf, Sebastian Coe and Wayne Hemmingway of fashion label Red or Dead, among others. More than 90 companies will be exhibiting at the Showcase which is now in its ninth year.

For further information about the awards please contact Mel Morris, BCSC Events, on 0207 227 3592 or mel.morris@bcsc.org.uk.

For more information, please visit the BCSC website: www.bcsc.org.uk/TCEAwards. For information about the BCSC 2006 Conference & Showcase, visit the conference website or contact events@bcsc.org.uk.
   

 
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