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Hope Street up for European award

Academy of Urbanism likes what it sees

Published on November 7th 2012.

Hope Street up for European award

Friday Nov 9 2012: Update: Hope Street  this afternoon WON the Great Street Award at a ceremony held by the Academy or Urbanism in London.


TWO cathedrals, three theatres, food, drink, Georgian architecture and, of course, Ye Cracke.

It's always been well worth hanging around Hope Street, now it's about to find out if it is THE Great Street in Europe.

The street is short-listed for 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 are Exhibition Road in London and Chapel Street in Penzance.  

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. 

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. 

Gary Manning, he of The Quarter, HOST and 60 Hope Street restaurants (fondly known by locals as Manning Town), told Liverpool Confidential over an excellent chocolate brownie this week that he plans to represent Hope Street in London with Simon Glinn, of the The Philharmonic Hall. Simon, of course, is the main man behind the hugely successful Hope Street Feast.

In September, Hope Street was runner-up in Olive magazine's 2012 Alternative Restaurant Awards in the Britain's Best Dining Road category, behind winner Bermondsey Street in London. 

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." 

Banding together

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.

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 areacontinues 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.”


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7 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousNovember 7th 2012.

Good luck to all concerned, they deserve recognition for creating a beautiful area that can stand proudly in its own right

AnonymousNovember 7th 2012.

The only thing on this street at the moment that has anything to do with Liverpool is the Casa, and a bunch of clagnut councilors, in collusion with some of these sweats, are trying to squeeze it out. 'Manning town' eh? There are hardly any locals left around here, and none of them would call it that. I think you are after a free meal with your curly wurly bum lick.

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EditorialNovember 8th 2012.

As the song goes 'If you don't know me by now'.

Liverpool Confidential doesn't do 'bum licking', to use your attractive turn of phrase, Anonymous. Never did, as our readers and most PR people in the city are aware.

But this isn't about us, it's about Hope Street which is one great strand of a city that has many, many different strands to its DNA.

Try not to be too churlish.

KevaNovember 8th 2012.

This is great news. One can always find a good reason to hang around Hope St. At least you could in my day.

Innie BoyNovember 8th 2012.

Hope Hall, The 23 Restaurant, Notre Dame College, Tom Wallace Tool Hire, Chauffeurs, The 'proper' Cracke with Marge and Daisy in very firm command, Blake's Marine selling boats, A. J. Buckingham making custom furniture, the big police station next door, Vaughan's chippy, the nurses' home, the post office on the corner and the North West's top Masonic hall! What more could you want?

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Innie BoyNovember 8th 2012.

Not forgetting the two cathedrals, the School for The Blind and the early Casablanca,

Hilary BurrageNovember 11th 2012.

Thought people might find this of interest: hilaryburrage.com/…/…
It's about the Hope Street Millennium partnerships etc...

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