Port Sunlight River Park highly commended at regional property ‘Oscars’

25th April 2016

Port Sunlight River Park has earned a ‘Highly Commended’ accolade in the North West Regeneration category of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards 2016.

Forty of the North West’s most inspiring schemes battled it out for honours at an awards ceremony hosted by ‘Homes under the Hammer’ presenter Martin Roberts on Friday evening, attended by around 400 guests.

Judges assessing the Regeneration category Port Sunlight River Park was shortlisted for where looking for “exceptional improvements to urban, rural or coastal areas”.

Port Sunlight River Park, unveiled by national land management charity the Land Trust in 2014, certainly fitted the bill. It has undergone a tremendous journey from a landfill site closed off from public access to a community park providing a wildlife haven, public walkways and stunning views of the Liverpool’s iconic skyline.

On the night the popular park secured a ‘Highly Commended’ certificate in the Regeneration category, finishing second to the inspiring DIY SOS Veterans Village in Manchester, the subject of a BBC TV show.

Euan Hall, Chief Executive of the Land Trust, said: “We are delighted to have secured a Highly Commended award for Port Sunlight River Park. This accolade provides welcome recognition for a development promoting fresh thinking towards brownfield regeneration for community benefit.

“We would like to thank all our partners that have helped shape the success of Port Sunlight River Park and we look forward to writing more chapters as this popular park goes from strength to strength.”

Autism Together, formerly known as Wirral Autistic Society, is responsible for managing Port Sunlight River Park on behalf of the Land Trust. Since opening, the park has proved hugely popular with dog walkers, joggers, volunteering groups, walking groups and families enjoying picnics.

In a recent survey commissioned by the Land Trust, 80 per cent of people surveyed said the park played a positive part in their health and wellbeing; 95 per cent said it helped make the local area a better, more desirable place; 78 per cent said it had brought the community together.

To learn more about Port Sunlight River Park, visit here: https://thelandtrust.org.uk/space/port-sunlight-river-park/ Statistics linked to the benefits of Port Sunlight River Park can be found in the Land Trust’s ‘Value of our Green Spaces’ report, found here: https://thelandtrust.org.uk/charitable-aims/thebenefits

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Port Sunlight River Park. Copyright Elle Halley


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