Build Scotland Construction Directory
Time and date
Share this page
Construction News

Portobello Named Best Neighbourhood In The UK

Construction News Image
Portobello in Edinburgh has been named the best neighbourhood in the UK and Ireland at the 2020 Urbanism Awards, beating fellow finalists Levenshulme in Manchester and South Bank in Leeds.

The award is one of five given out each year by The Academy of Urbanism, a network of built environment experts from across Europe. They recognise Britain and Ireland's best place, street, neighbourhood and town, as well as Europe's best city. Voted on by its members, the Academy judges against a number of social, economic and environmental factors, including good governance and commercial success.

The theme of this year's Urbanism Awards is 'inclusivity' and welcomed nominations from places that demonstrate the value of diversity and illustrate the power of good urbanism to bring people together.

Councillor Maureen Child collected the award on behalf of the City of Edinburgh Council on Wednesday. She said: "Sand, sea and a strong wave of community spirit make Portobello a truly special neighbourhood. This award recognises what we in the Capital already know; that our seafront is a thriving and sustainable place to call home, to work or go to school or to simply spend the day. With a tight-knit network of local and independent businesses and an abundance of welcoming events and get-togethers, the Council is proud to work closely with planners, the Community Council and others to enhance and retain the many features which make Portobello so wonderfully distinctive and inclusive."

-- Advertisement --

Lead Assessor, Tim Challans, commended Portobello for being an exemplar of the strength of local individuals and groups that create positive change. "Portobello confirms that positive change can be led by strong but diverse community involvement, especially when there is a real commitment to and passion for the local neighbourhood by its residents. It is the strength of local individuals and groups that is the force driving this area forward."

The assessment team also recognised the sensitive and responsive council policy. In an area with such a strong community input the council policy needs to be even more sensitive to the distinctiveness of an area and responsive to community action and reaction.

David Rudlin, chair of the Academy, said: "Portobello is Edinburgh's sea front and could so easily be another slightly run-down resort were it not for the energy and strength of the local community. Community based initiatives and high-quality new housing have made it a great place to live and spend a day out but managed to avoid gentrification."

Past winners of The Great Neighbourhood award include Ashley Vale in Bristol, Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham and Sheffield's Kelham Island.


Latest Construction News


The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has announced new measures to support the construction sector and particularly apprentices and trainees over the coming weeks and months. It follows an announcement last week that CITB has closed its four National Construction Colleges and cancelled i

McTaggart Group has been announced as a finalist across six categories of the Scottish Homes Awards 2020 including 'Housebuilder of the Year (more than 100 units)' for the third year running. The awards, which began in 2007, is Scotland's largest independent awards initiative for the housing indust

The Scottish Government has announced new fire safety guidance for high-rise properties. Posters encouraging residents of high-rise properties to keep common areas clear of anything that could be a fire risk are being issued to building managers across the country. The posters set out good practic

New measures to support business customers who may face difficulties with water charge payments have been developed by Scottish Water, the Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS) and the Central Market Authority (CMA). The measures are designed to reduce the economic impact of Covid19. From

CALA Homes (West) has released a showcase video of the five-bedroom Garvie home type within its Florence Gardens development. Located in the highly sought-after suburb of Doonfoot, Florence Gardens - the first CALA development in Ayr for a number of years – will offer a stunning collection of 62 fo

North Lanarkshire Council has announced that its new Tenant Participation Strategy is now in place and sets out how they'll work with tenants and residents to develop and improve opportunities for involvement in shaping housing services. The new five-year strategy - 'Involving Tenants, Improving Se

Aberdeen City Council is to consider a planning application for the Berryden Corridor Improvement Project. Planning permission is required for only some parts of the Berryden Corridor Improvement Project including the new road heading north from Ashgrove Road. Other parts, such as Caroline Place, a

Inverclyde Council has approved plans for a £3.1m road improvement programme to tackle potholes, improve pavements and make local streets safer. The cash boost is part of Inverclyde Council's five year, Roads Asset Management Programme (RAMP) and comes on top of last year's £3.6m investment in loca

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has announced that it will move to a weekly email newsletter and will stop issuing its daily e-news bulletin and Housing Scotland Today. The SFHA said that it was committed to communicating with their members as often as is necessary at this ti

Halliday Fraser Munro's entire team remain "connected and working as usual". The firm's Managing Director, David Halliday, said that HFM has had full remote working capability for more than two years and have found it invaluable to meet the challenges of modern day working. Mr Halliday continued:
Sibbald Training LtdClarus Site SolutionsArtisan Rooftech LimitedMorris & Spottiswood LtdScot Hoist LtdTHE HOME ARCHITECTWallace Panel Products LtdMartin Property Care LimitedHutton Stone Co LtdJAD Joinery Limited
Terms and Conditions