Manchester’s creative district, the Northern Quarter, has beat stiff competition from other shortlisted nominees including Cathedral Quarter in Belfast and Pollokshields in Glasgow, to win an Academy of Urbanism award for the UK’s 'Best Neighbourhood’.
In November 2010, the Northern Quarter won the 'Great Neighbourhood of the Year Award 2011’ for Britain and Ireland at the Academy of Urbanism Awards in London.
The awards recognise the best, most enduring or most improved urban environments and are run by The Academy of Urbanism, whose 450 members include industry-leading architects, planners, engineers, developers and designers.
The judges were taken on a tour of the Northern Quarter in summer 2010 by CityCo and city council representatives, and were impressed by its unique charm and the friendliness of the people they met.
The award recognises the area’s transformation into a vibrant cultural hub; celebrating the eclectic mix of independent shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, creative agencies, fashion designers and private galleries.