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Birmingham named City of the Year in property awards

2015-10-23 19:18:51

Birmingham skylineBirmingham has been named City of the Year

Birmingham has been named City of the Year in a prestigious property awards ceremony.

The city secured top billing in the 2015 Estates Gazette and MIPIM UK Awards last night after a year that saw massive regeneration schemes like Birmingham Smithfield and the Snow Hill Masterplan unveiled.

And, in an ironic twist, outgoing Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore was given the City Leader of the Year gong.

Birmingham has enjoyed a property renaissance in recent years.

Waheed Nazir, director of planning and regeneration at Birmingham City Council said: "I was delighted that we were selected as the city of the year - it shows the confidence in the city out there in the market.

"There is a lot of interest in what Birmingham is doing now - investors from across the country and beyond are sitting up and taking notice like never before."

Waheed NazirWaheed Nazir

The award recognition comes after the council unveiled schemes like Smithfield, £500 million proposals to turn create a family and leisure hub on the Wholesale Markets site.

The council also unveiled its Snow Hill Masterplan to transform Birmingham business district, which proposes to create the city’s version of Canary Wharf, create 10,000 high-paying jobs and boost the city’s economy by £600 million a year.

The award for Sir Albert will be bittersweet, coming a week after he succumbed to pressure and stood down as leader of Birmingham City Council’s ruling Labour group.

While the Ladywood councillor has come in for criticism over the city’s failing children’s services departments and the struggling Library of Birmingham, he has often earned praise for his track record in the area of regeneration.

Sir Albert said on Twitter: “Thanks #MIPIMUK @estatesgazette for backing #Birmingham with ‘City of the Year’ award – icing on the cake after #superseptember!”

Sir Albert BoreSir Albert Bore Labour leader of Birmingham City Council

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