Councillors at last night’s Full Council meeting (Thursday 14th December) officially celebrated Corby recently being named as the Great Town 2018 winners by revealing a banner that will take pride of place in the reception of the Corby Cube.
Corby beat off every other place in the UK and Ireland last month to be named as the winner of the Academy of Urbanism Great Town 2018 Award. On nominating Corby, the Academy wrote:
‘Corby is a town being transformed. Still barely halfway through the 30 year growth plan set out in the Regeneration Framework in 2003, its revival has been phoenix-like, emerging from post-industrial decay following the closure of the steelworks and the loss of 11,500 jobs in 1980. Corby demonstrates what can be achieved through civic ambition and a commitment to growth and today is the fastest-growing borough outside London’. ‘This has been achieved through a coordinated programme of regeneration, renewal and reinvention and partnership working. It is more than a regeneration programme but a unique vision that is creating a modern living and working environment. Housing and commercial growth, new and improved infrastructure and public facilities demonstrate how Corby is challenging old perceptions and creating a vibrant town. Over the last 20 years, Corby has seen the highest proportion of new home sales over anywhere in the UK. The town centre now boasts the new International Pool, the Corby Cube, Willow Place shopping centre and a remodelled pedestrian friendly environment. The opening of the railway station has put the town within an hour of London St Pancras’. ‘Corby is investing in the quality of its workforce and new training facilities and businesses benefit from a number of support programmes, such as Growing Corby and Enterprise 4 Corby. There is still more to do but Corby demonstrates the importance of civic ambition and a coordinated regeneration framework which has provided the basis for transformation of the local economy through a programme of investment in key projects and infrastructure.’
Leader of Corby Borough Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said:
‘We are of course delighted that Corby has been recognised out of the whole of the UK and Ireland as the Great Town 2018. It is real recognition of the vision, investment and partnership working that has gone in to regenerating our Borough over recent years.
‘As a Borough we should be proud of this accolade and this is why we are putting the message for all to see as soon as they enter the Corby Cube.’
NOTES TO EDITORS:
About the Awards:
The Academy of Urbanism Awards are in their 12th year and recognise the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments. They have visited, assessed and celebrated 150 outstanding examples of good urbanism across the UK, Ireland and Europe and now Corby is on the list.
The Academy shortlists 50 places across five categories, which are voted down to three finalists in each category by Academy members. The Academy then visits and assesses each of the 15 finalists before the final vote. For more information about the Academy of Urbanism Awards please go www.academyofurbanism.org.uk/awards/
About The Academy of Urbanism:
The Academy of Urbanism brings together thinkers and practitioners involved in the social, cultural, economic, political and physical development of our villages, towns and cities across Great Britain, Ireland and Europe.
The Academy was formed to extend urban discourse beyond built environment professionals, and to create an autonomous, politically independent and self-funded learned voice.
It recognises, promotes and learns from great places. For more information about the Academy, visit: www.academyofurbanism.org.uk.