Sowerby Bridge makes it into the final three

Sowerby Bridge Marina.
Sowerby Bridge Marina.

The canal wharf at Sowerby Bridge has been a personal favourite of Prince Charles for years.

Now the complex of maritime buildings and modern businesses is in the finals of a competition to find the “Best Place” in the UK and Ireland.

The Academy of Urbanism, whose members include industry-leading architects, planners, engineers, developers and designers, have chosen the wharf as one of three finalists for The Great Place category, along with City Park in Bradford and Kings Place in London.

Assessors will visit before the academy members vote on who deserves the award.

The judges will consider the wharf’s governance, commercial success and social sustainability.

Prince Charles visited Sowerby Bridge for the first time in 1987 to see riverside mills being turned into apartments and returned in 2008 to officially open the William Andrew Memorial Headquarters, home to the 12th Halifax Sea Scout Group.

The Group successfully raised £223,000 to build the new meeting place as part of the Sowerby Bridge Wharf Partnership, which the Prince’s Regeneration Trust has supported since 1996.

Academy chairman Kevin Murray said: “Urbanism is about learning how building a better physical and social environment can improve our communities and our quality of life. These finalist places have demonstrated that they are worthy of praise – but it remains to be seen which will win at our award in November.”