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Two Irish Towns Win at the 2017 Academy of Urbanism Awards

Published: Friday, November 18, 2016

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Receiving the Great Town award the Clonakilty representatives.  Image source www.academyofurbanism.org.uk

Clonakilty won ‘Great Town Award’ and Waterford’s Viking Triangle Initiative received ‘The Great Place’ award at a ceremony that took place on Wednesday 16 November at U+I in Victoria, London.

On Clonakilty, the assessment team, led by Michelle Grant, noted “The quality of the town centre and the town’s location close to the sea and beautiful beaches make it an attractive place to live, do business and visit. Clonakilty is a good example of those three elements coming together in a sustainable way that celebrates local distinctiveness, tradition, entrepreneurialism and a strong sense of local pride”. The town was also credited for its volunteered and sponsored Clonbike scheme and its town architect in the community model.

Clonakilty was awarded in 2014 with the Public Choice Award and Highly Commended for the Public Space Award in the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards. The award was for Clonakilty 400 Urban Design Masterplan Phase 1 designed by Giulia Vallone, Town Architect, Cork County Council. Through her role as town architect, Vallone has reinvigorated Clonakilty’s town centre, making it a place, which favours people over cars, with a sense of community on the streets.


Rupert Maddock of Waterford City Council picks up Great Place award for Viking Triangle. Image source www.academyofurbanism.org.uk

Another Irish winner on the night was Viking Triangle in Waterford by Waterford City and County Architects with GKMP Architects which won 'The Great Place' award. The assessors noted that the Viking Triangle is more than a traditional physical regeneration initiative. “Supported by a strong historical narrative and harnessing the best of their assets, their strategy has been simple yet effective. Public funding has served as a catalyst and with local buy-in this has led to an improved perception of the area. In turn this has enhanced the quality of life and competitiveness of local business which is leading to private sector investment” said Nick Childs, lead assessor. 

Other winners were: Copenhagen, which was crowned with the European City of the Year Award; Ashley Vale, Bristol which won The Great Neighbourhood Award; Wood Street in Walthamstow, London which picked up The Great Street Award. 

Reflecting on the Awards, now in its eleventh year, Steven Bee said: “The Academy of Urbanism annual Urbanism Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our 15 finalist places, all nominated by Academicians for their evident success and the lessons they offer to other places seeking to emulate it. Our finalists this year, possibly more than any other, are a selection of places that offer useful lessons for all urbanists – and we are all urbanists”


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