Wharf is up for a Great Place award

Acedemy of Urbanism visit Sowerby Bridge Wharf for 'Great Place Award' judging, with ex Calderdale regeneration manager Adrian Rose (back left).

Acedemy of Urbanism visit Sowerby Bridge Wharf for 'Great Place Award' judging, with ex Calderdale regeneration manager Adrian Rose (back left).

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It’s official - Sowerby Bridge Wharf is a great place!

The Wharf has been nominated as one of three national finalists for the Academy of Urbanism’s Great Place Award.

The award recognises great places that have worked to improve their economic, social and public life over the past two or three decades.

Representatives from the Academy of Urbanism visited Sowerby Bridge on Tuesday for a tour to look around the area and hear presentation as part of their assessment.

They met businesses, councils staff, Sea Scouts, members of the Canal and River Trust, community organisations and the Prince’s Regeneration Trust.

The academy is an organisation over more than 500 practitioners involved in social, cultural, economic, political and physical development of villages, towns and cities.

They were impressed by the Wharf’s partnership working, user friendliness, commercial success and good transport options. Also its focus for events like the Rushbearing Festival and Waterways Festival.

Council leader Coun Tim Swift (Lab, Town), said: “Sowerby Bridge is a vibrant place and this award nomination is a ‘thumbs up’ for the hard work and enthusiasm of all the different people involved at the Wharf.”

Viv Jorissen of Gardner Jorissen Ltd, which manages several buildings at the Wharf, said: “It is always a pleasure to show visitors around this mainly 18th Century Wharf to help them understand what has been achieved here.”

The other two finalists in the Great Place Award are King’s Cross Place in London and Bradford City Park. The winner will be announced on 9 November 2012.