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Star date: 10th December 2010

THE SALFORD STAR MARY BURNS AWARDS: DAY 5

THE `LET'S GIVE OURSELVES AWARDS' AWARD

If you think that nobody loves you, why not give yourself an award?

This fantastic idea can only happen in Salford. But who gave the awards out? Who were the judges? Who were the sponsors? And how much did it cost us?

Ladies and Gentlemen.  THE `LET'S GIVE OURSELVES AWARDS' AWARD goes to…

Please do a drum roll and click here…


MARY BURNS AWARD
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SALFORD CITY COUNCIL, URBAN VISION, COUNTRYSIDE PROPERTIES, MEDIACITYUK and ASK DEVELOPMENTS!!!

According to the hype, "The Salford Good Design Awards not only recognises the fantastic things that have already been achieved in Salford, but promotes best practice and high quality design for the significant developments which are coming through the development pipeline".

Sounds great, and at a glitzy do in The Lowry last month, hosted by BBC presenter, Ranvir Singh, lots of organisations involved in Salford's regeneration picked up awards and commendations (see here

Sponsors included Countryside Properties, MediaCityUK, Ask Developments and Urban Vision, which also had two of its people on the judging panel. Also on the judging panel was Paul Walker of Salford City Council.

And the winners were…

Er, Countryside Properties, MediaCityUK (two awards) and Urban Vision (one award and three commendations) and Salford City Council (one award and two commendations).

Meanwhile, in the Best Public Realm Award, sponsored by ASK Developments, the Green and Walkable Streets Programme won a valuable Commendation. The Green and Walkable Streets Programme includes the public realm bit of the huge Greengate project, of which ASK Developments is the major developer.

Half of the total Salford Good Design Awards and Commendations went directly to the sponsors or judges. And even after all the sponsorship, the fab awards do cost Salford Council tax payers £6,800.

"We were thrilled to be able to support the Awards" said Jonathan Ellis from Urban Vision "It was also great to receive recognition for the work that we have done in Salford too!"

What? From yourselves?

Ladies and Gentlemen. THE `LET'S GIVE OURSELVES AWARDS' AWARD
goes to…

SALFORD CITY COUNCIL, URBAN VISION, COUNTRYSIDE PROPERTIES, MEDIACITYUK and ASK DEVELOPMENTS!!!

Applause…

 

 

 

Ann Law wrote
at 09:22:12 on 13 December 2010
I invite Paul Walker to swap houses and see if his view is the same, if it is he can stay here permanently but dont bring your car if you value it, and you will have to put most of your furniture in storage or a skip like i had to do
 
Ed wrote
at 14:04:05 on 12 December 2010
Or even better still, try living in one of the properties for the next 20 years and enjoy..... That's if it is still standing in 20 years time!!!
 
Val Broadbent wrote
at 20:09:53 on 11 December 2010
Merry Christmas Paul..Can I suggest that in 2011 you try looking at this 'Good Design' from the inside for a change. Appearances can be deceptive, try looking at the misery and heartbreak that's hidden behind the pretty brickwork.
 
Bob B wrote
at 14:16:03 on 11 December 2010
I wonder if Paul Walker was reading the Salford Star during working hours? I,m sure he could put it down as research but it does make you think that maybe the Star is getting up the councils noses a bit if they read it while being paid. The arguements put forward and the attitudes of the people involved in these schemes is terrible. All that has happened is that many people have been given peanuts for their homes so the developers could make bigger profits.
 
Nachtschlepper wrote
at 13:29:23 on 11 December 2010
How about an award for most hilarious post? I'l nominate Paul Walker's piece of sheer comic genius. Some people need a smack in the face to wake them up. "Good design"? Parts of Chapel Street look like a Warsaw Pact city in the 1970s. "Thousands of jobs" where? I'm sick of hearing how great things are from people who seem to walk around wearing rose tinted glasses. This city needs jobs, not fatuous award ceremonies for a bunch of tossers who couldn't organise a piss up in a brewery.
 
Masked Avenger wrote
at 10:08:36 on 11 December 2010
I wonder if Paul Walker actually lives in Salford at all? If he does then it wont actually be central Salford (Real Salford), the parts that are being ripped apart in the name of Regeneration by the council and its partners in crime.He probably lives in Worsley. I am amazed that he has managed to put up a comment so quickly as whenever he needs to reply to an email he takes over a month to do so.
 
Kelly McFarland wrote
at 22:29:46 on 10 December 2010
Me thinks all the Salford Council Tax payers invites must have got lost in the post.....
 
Salford Star wrote
at 22:29:42 on 10 December 2010
See Paul Walker's comment below - it is Christmas not April Fool's Day isn't it?
 
Paul Walker wrote
at 22:27:21 on 10 December 2010
I suppose this should be expected in the season of goodwill ! But seriously, we need to reflect for a moment, because the prosperity of this city, as well as the appearance and quality of it, is very much in the hands of developers, architects and investors who build the offices, factories and homes that we all need; in the process of which, over time, thousands of new jobs are created; which is always welcome. But when we build, we need to add positively to what we have, and this means that good design really does matter, and needs to be encouraged. So as someone still relatively new to Salford, I was very impressed indeed with the many excellent schemes that were entered for the Good Design Awards. What I saw, what has been achieved here over recent years, and the care and imagination that has gone into new building has made me even more proud to be associated with this great city, and it is a great city, but much more importantly has helped to make it an even better place for us to live, work in and enjoy.
 
Val Broadbent wrote
at 22:26:15 on 10 December 2010
Better than the award they gave Phase 1, New Broughton. They can spend my Council Tax money on an awards 'do' but not on putting their mistakes right.
 
sally wood wrote
at 16:31:49 on 10 December 2010
Add to that lot Norman Owen for being the most up himself for no good reason award.
 
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