Brindleyplace, the greatest place in England?
The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has shortlisted Brindleyplace as one of the 10 best places in England. Up against a local high street, a famous national park, a multi-billion pound regeneration scheme and two cities, a public vote could see Brindleyplace crowned ‘England’s Greatest Place’.
Finalists were selected by a panel of RTPI judges, following 700 nominations from the general public, and 200 suggested locations, based on how planners have helped to create, protect or shape England’s communities. Celebrating some of the most attractive and inspiring places across the country, Brindleyplace has been shortlisted alongside Letchworth Garden City, the Peak District, Kings Cross Regeneration project, Kielder Park, Liverpool Waterfront, Thame High Street, Bath, Bristol and Saltaire.
One of the most popular business and leisure destinations in Birmingham, Brindleyplace was originally delivered by Argent (the same developer that is also delivering the Kings Cross Regeneration Project), who transformed the former derelict factory site into the destination that it is today. Now owned by Hines Global REIT and Lone Star, and asset managed by Hines, Moorfield Group and Hudson Advisors, Brindleyplace continues to thrive, attracting more than four million visitors every year and home to in excess of 10,000 employees across local, national and global businesses.
Alex Perrins, Marketing Executive at Brindleyplace, said:
2015 has been a fantastic year for Brindleyplace, with 20th anniversary celebrations, record footfall in September, and now this!
The development of Brindleyplace is still one of the most successful inner-city regeneration projects in the UK, so it’s great to see the site recognised as a leading business and leisure destination with this nomination. The commitment to design quality was integral to the development of Brindleyplace and as a result we have a range of award-winning buildings boasting a range of architectural design, as well as two attractive and well-used public squares that are enjoyed by millions of people every year.
There’s some stiff competition, but if Birmingham gets behind the campaign and votes, we could be crowned ‘England’s Greatest Place’ in December which would be the perfect end to the year!
Brindleyplace is home to 26 restaurants, cafés and bars, the National SEALIFE Centre Birmingham, Crescent Theatre and Ikon Gallery, including leading companies such as Deutsche Bank and Deloitte.
To vote for Brindleyplace as ‘England’s Greatest Place’ visit: rtpi.org.uk/egpvoting or use #RTPIgreatplaces on Twitter and Instagram. Voting closes on 20th November 2015.
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