The Lady of the North has been named ‘Miss World’ after triumphing in a global property industry awards.
The development of Northumberlandia, the world’s largest human landform, by regional property and energy firm the Banks Group and the Blagdon Estate, was chosen as the winner of the Best Landscape Architecture category in the ‘World’s Best’ final of the 2013 International Property Awards.
Northumberlandia qualified for the awards after winning its category at the 2013 UK Property Awards in October, and was competing against the winners of eight equivalent awards’ programmes representing Africa, Asia Pacific, Arabia, Canada, Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe and the US.
The International Property Awards celebrate the highest levels of achievement by companies operating in all sectors of the commercial and residential property industry.
Northumberlandia took two and a half years to construct, using 1.5 million tonnes of carefully selected stone, clay and soil from Banks’ adjacent Shotton Surface Mine.
Northumberlandia, which is now managed by independent charity The Land Trust in association with the Northumberland Wildlife Trust and Azure Charitable Enterprises, has seen over 100,000 people visiting the site over the last year.
Katie Perkin from the Banks Group said: “Winning this global award provides a wonderful finale to a fantastic first full year for Northumberlandia.
“The quality of the landform’s design and construction, and the cultural, community and tourism impact that she’s having have been widely recognised by both a range of awards and the tens of thousands of people who’ve already been to visit her.”
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