Kings Cross wins ‘greatest place’ in London award.

After being nominated by local residents and visitors to the area, Kings Cross regeneration has been judged the greatest place in London, by an eminent panel of judges and will now go forward to a national public vote to decide England’s Greatest Place.

Over 200 difference places were nominated to win one of the 10 coveted individual regional awards.

England’s Great Places is a competition designed by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the professional body for planners, to celebrate some of our most attractive and inspiring places and the role planners have played in helping to protect or shape them for England’s communities. The RTPI and its members have been working with communities for a century to help create great places for people.

The judges said Kings Cross was an “outstanding and worthy winner”:

Kings Cross regeneration is a great place and international gateway to the UK. What was once a declining area is now a hub for creative and technology industries with fantastic public spaces for all to enjoy. It is being transformed through exemplary planning.

Janet Askew, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) said:

“Kings Cross was a popular choice and is clearly a much appreciated and loved place by local people. We wanted to recognise special places like Kings Cross which are cherished because they have been protected, carefully planned or have been improved. Will it win the public vote and be crowned England’s Greatest Place?”

The full list of finalists of the RTPI’s England’s Greatest Place competition are: Letchworth Garden City, East of England, Peak District, East Midlands, Brindley Place,  Birmingham, West Midlands, Kings Cross Regeneration, London, Kielder Park, North East, Liverpool Waterfront, North West, Thame High Street, South East, Bath, South West, Bristol, South West and Saltaire, Yorkshire.

A specially commissioned trophy will be presented to the local authority to mark the award.

Members of the public can vote for England’s Greatest Place until Friday 20 November.

Voting is easy:

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