This is the 5th time The Partnership for South Hampshire has run these Quality Place awards. I am very pleased that this year the focus has been on Quality Place and not just the development of Iconic buildings. West Quay South is a very good example of placemaking. The project has transformed a site which was empty for 20 years into a major leisure venue, while opening up public space and enhancing the prominence of the mediaeval walls (a scheduled ancient monument). This is the type of project which makes a real difference to public perceptions of the city, the economy, and to local people. I would therefore like to congratulate all those involved in its delivery.
I presented the certificate to Councillor Christopher Hammond, Leader of Southampton City Council and Andy Collyer, Manager of West Quay.