Winchester in the shortlist for ‘Great Town’ award

Judges from the Academy of Urbanism recently went on a whistle-stop tour of Winchester and met community leaders to assess whether the town should win the ‘Great Town’ Award 2008.

Hosted by local architect Robert Adam and Winchester City Council, the judges visited the University of Winchester, the soon-to-open Discovery Centre, had lunch at the Wykeham Arms and afternoon tea at the Cathedral Café, to learn more about what makes Winchester a great urban place.

A report on our successes as a town has also been submitted to the Academy where over 100 of their members will decide which of the three towns in the running is the ‘Great Town’ of 2008.

The judges were looking for examples or urbanism and the town’s evolution in terms of

  • Governance
  • Local Character and Distinctiveness
  • User Friendliness
  • Commercial Success and Viability
  • Environmental and Social Sustainability
  • Functionality

The two towns we are competing against are St Andrews and Kilkenny. The award will be announced at a ceremony on the 9th November 2007 at The Dorchester Hotel, London.

Winchester’s submission for the award can be seen on the Cultural Consortium website. Click here to see it.

More information about the Academy of Urbanism can be found on their website