Basingstoke has beaten off competition from Reading and Bracknell to win the 'Town of the Year' at the Thames Valley Property Awards 2017. Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council was named the winner at the awards on Thursday (11 May), after being judged to have made huge progress in giving the town an even brighter future. This includes an ambitious multi-million pound programme of new commercial, residential, leisure and infrastructure projects already underway or planned, working innovatively with other public bodies and organisations and attracting private investment for improvements, to continue to make the borough a great place to live and work.
The Thames Valley Property Awards is the biggest event of its kind in the region, outside of London.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Property and Development Cllr John Izett, said: “This is another massive vote of confidence in Basingstoke and will help to enhance its national reputation as a key town and a great place to live and work. It is recognition of the work that the council is doing, with the strong support of public and private partners, to bring high quality jobs and well-designed new homes to the borough for our residents.”
Major projects that helped win the award include the regeneration of the town centre business district at Basing View, including a new ‘class A’ office building which the AA is taking to keep its headquarters in Basingstoke, Network Rail’s regional operating and national training centre and the largest combined Waitrose and John Lewis in the country.
The award also acknowledges Basingstoke’s plans for the development of new communities at Manydown, a £40 million programme of improvements to the major road gateways to the town and proposals for a revitalised Basingstoke Leisure Park.
The accolade of the Town of the Year provides a great springboard to attract more investment to the borough for the benefit of all residents.