Chelmsford City Council

Chelmsford makes shortlist for Great Town Award 2019

Chelmsford City Council is pleased to announce that Chelmsford was nominated as one of three finalists for the Great Town Award in the Urbanism Awards 2019.

The Academy of Urbanism is an autonomous, independent and self-funded organisation that promotes and celebrates great places. The Academy includes more than 500 leading developers, designers and city leaders as its members, who all seek to recognise great places and share knowledge and best practise that inspires place-making.

Each year, the Academy selects 15 places in the following categories:

  • Great European City
  • Great Town
  • Great Neighbourhood
  • Great Street
  • Great Place

Chelmsford was shortlisted in the Great Town category along with Barnsley in South Yorkshire and Paisley in Renfrewshire. All the finalists were acknowledged for their successes as post-industrial places.

As part of the judging process, all candidates had to produce a self-assessment report and organise a visit for the lead assessors. In August, Chelmsford hosted members of the Academy as part of the assessment visit, where local business owners, developers and Council leaders alike all came together to celebrate the fast-growing, dynamic, creative city that is Chelmsford.

On Wednesday 7 November, the winners were announced at the Urbanism Awards Ceremony in London. Paisley pipped Chelmsford to the post as the Great Town 2019 with their impressive partnerships and cultural practice.

Councillor Roy Whitehead, Leader of Chelmsford City Council, said, "Being named as one of three finalists in the country for such an award is a fantastic recognition of Chelmsford's reputation as a Great city in which to live, work and play. It also provides an opportunity to learn and share best practice with other great places. We do fantastic work here in the city and to make the shortlist in a competitive award category for the UK's Greatest Town is an honour."

Find out more about the Awards at

Tuesday 27 November 2018

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