Liverpool’s iconic Hope Street won The Great Street Award in the national Urbanism Awards 2013, aimed at recognising the best examples of urban places in Europe.
The other short-listed streets were Exhibition Road in London and Chapel Street in Penzance.
The awards are chosen by the Academy of Urbanism, which uses the awards to learn from and promote best practice in planning and urbanism. The winners will be announced at the Urbanism Awards 2013 Ceremony at The Connaught Rooms in London on 9 November.
Hope Street Hotel, incorporating The London Carriage Works restaurant is also short-listed in The Creative Re-Use Awards category, set up to give special recognition to worthy projects that sit within a street, neighbourhood, town or city.
Between them, Hope Street’s organisations, businesses and attractions have attracted numerous regional, national and international awards recognising the excellence of their cultural, tourism, food and dining offers.
Michael Eakin, Liverpool Philharmonic’s Chief Executive said: “Recognition nationally in media, and through awards that showcase the unique vitality of Hope Street, demonstrates that the area is a significant asset in Liverpool’s cultural offer and economy, as visitors are increasingly seeing it as an essential part of their visit to the City.”
In recent years, work has been carried out by Liverpool City Council to make Hope Street more pedestrian-friendly and inviting through the use of public art and a community space. The Everyman Theatre will re-open in 2013 following a two-year £28 million redevelopment programme, and there are plans for a £12 million refurbishment of the Grade II* listed Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. In Liverpool Vision’s recently announced blueprint for driving city centre regeneration and growth over the next 15 years, Hope Street is identified as one of the City’s three ‘Great Streets’ identified for further investment.
Building on the success and growing profile of Hope Street as a visitor destination, an informal consortium, established in 2009 of some of the most important businesses and organisations on and around Hope Street, has successfully applied for Community Interest Company status and is now known as the Visit Hope Street CIC.
Its members are the Everyman Theatre, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and Unity Theatre; Liverpool Cathedral and Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral; Hope Street Hotel and the 60 Hope Street Restaurant Group; and Blackburne House; Liverpool John Moores University and the University of Liverpool. Their combined total turnover, jobs created in Liverpool and visitor numbers – over 930,000 annually - have significant impact on the cultural distinctiveness of the Liverpool city region and its wider economic and social regeneration.
Visit Hope Street CIC’s vision is for Hope Street to be recognised by all visitors as a unique and essential part of their visit to the Liverpool. Its members have been working successfully together and in partnership with Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Vision, Liverpool LEP and others to raise the profile of the area with leisure visitors for both the daytime and night time economy of Liverpool.
Eryl Parry, Liverpool Cathedral’s Director of Enterprise said: “Successful partnership working between the organisations and businesses on Hope Street is well established. Formalising it within a Community Investment Company demonstrates our commitment to continuing to work together, and with other partners in the City to ensure that Hope Street and the surrounding area continues to be promoted and invested in to the benefit of businesses and local people, and as a visitor destination that complements other key destinations in the City such as the Waterfront, Liverpool One and William Brown Street.”