Quartet of Scots entries make finals of urbanism awards

THE Orkney town of Stromness is one of four Scots entries in an Europe-wide awards competition celebrating ‘urbanism’.

The awards are being organised by the Academy of Urbanism, which describes itself as “a politically neutral, not-for-profit organisation that brings together both the current and next generation of urban leaders, thinkers and practitioners”.

And the Stromness entry is one of three finalists in the Great Town category of the Academy’s Urbanism Awards – the other two being Belper, in England, and Caernarfon in Wales.

Also among the finalists is The Shore, in Leith, Edinburgh (in the Great Neighbourhood category, along with Balsall Heath, Birmingham, and Somers Town, London) and Duke Street, Dennistoun, Glasgow (in the Great Street category, along with St Peter’s Lane, Canterbury, and Venn Street, Clapham, London).

Completing the quartet of Scots finalists is Claypits nature reserve in Glasgow (in the Great Place category, along with Gloucester Docks, Gloucester, and Spanish City, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear).

The final category in the awards is European City.

Several Scots entries have been named among previous winners (here) of the awards, including Perth’s Mill Street (Great Street 2022), Tobermory Harbour, Mull (Great Place, 2011) and Portobello (Great Neighbourhood, 2020).

Pictured: Stromness, Picture credit: Place Design Scotland

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