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Landform honour for positive impact

Bob Downer of the Blagdon Estate, Peter Elliott of Azure Charitable Enterprises, Katie Perkin of The Banks Group and Duncan Hutt of the Northumberland Wildlife Trust on site with the award.

Bob Downer of the Blagdon Estate, Peter Elliott of Azure Charitable Enterprises, Katie Perkin of The Banks Group and Duncan Hutt of the Northumberland Wildlife Trust on site with the award.

South east Northumberland’s newest landmark has triumphed again in an awards ceremony that highlights the positive impact that projects make on their locations.

After being chosen as the world’s Best Landscape Architecture in the 2013 International Property Awards, Northumberlandia has now triumphed at The 2014 Placemaking Awards, which aim to ‘recognise and publicise projects, plans, people and organisations that are making places better’.

The development of The Lady Of The North by regional property and e,nergy firm Banks Group and the Blagdon Estate, was chosen as the winner of the best use of arts, culture or sport in place-making, beating three projects from across London and other rivals in Manchester, Colwyn Bay and Southend-On-Sea.

The award was presented to the project team at an event held at the British Museum in London.

Katie Perkin, communications manager at The Banks Group, who funded the sculpture’s creation, said: “The positive impact that Northumberlandia would have on both the surrounding area and the wider region was very high on our priority list when the project was being developed, and it’s fantastic to now have our achievement of this objective recognised independently through this latest award.

“Northumberlandia works on many different levels, from being the centre of a significant leisure resource that is well used by local people to providing a new cultural icon for the north east that is bringing in visitors from far and wide.”

A new visitor centre which has been funded through contributions totalling £242,000 from the Banks Community Fund and Defra’s Regional Economy Grant will be opening in the near future.

For further information on all aspects of the Lady of the North, visit www.northumberlandia.com

 

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