In partnership with Test Valley Borough Council and Romsey Town Council, the County Council created a new public square in the heart of Romsey to make it a safer, more attractive and inviting place for local residents, businesses and visitors to the town.
Councillor Edward Heron, Executive Lead Member for Transport and Environment Strategy at Hampshire County Council said: “I’m really pleased that this significant scheme has been selected from around 20 schemes across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight for this placemaking award. Through this scheme we have been able to invest in Romsey’s future at a critical time when town centres up and down the country are at risk. The large piazza style space around the Lord Palmerston statue is also ideal for staging public events that will draw more trade in the town and boost the local economy.”
The high-quality materials used for the scheme were selected specifically to be complementary to the historic town. The improvements included new seating, bins, cycle parking, and planting. Following completion of the scheme, new cafés and a pub have opened in Market Place, increasing the vibrancy of the centre as a focal point in the Romsey community, where regular markets and events are also held. In shortlisting the scheme, the judges agreed that the improvements create an accessible, attractive, cleaner, livelier, and safer town centre with an improved street scene to widen the town’s appeal and increase its economic viability and vitality.
The Solent Quality of Place Awards recognise beautiful and thoughtfully designed developments across the Solent region. Anyone can place their vote for their preferred shortlisted scheme. Voting is open to all until 26 September. Go online to choose your favourite place, at Solent Place Awards (solentqualityplaceawards.org.uk).
Solent Quality Place Awards are organised by Partnership for South Hampshire (PfSH), which seeks to highlight placemaking excellence in developments that contribute to improving the economic, social, cultural and environmental life of those who live, work, learn and relax within the Solent region.
Councillor Seán Woodward, Chairman of the Partnership for South Hampshire added: “Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and the Solent area are wonderful places to live, and this category of the Solent Quality Award is all about letting the people who live and work in these places and spaces choose the best design and place which most inspires them. Good luck to all our worthy finalists.”
More about the Solent Quality Place Awards and PfSH
The first Solent Quality Place Awards, formerly known as Solent Design Awards, were held in 2010, coinciding with the signing of the Quality Places Charter. In 2019 the Solent Design Awards were refreshed and rebranded as Solent Quality Place Awards to better reflect the focus on quality of place rather than the design of an individual building. Winners in 2019 included the West Quay South complex in Southampton and the Hot Walls area in Portsmouth. In 2022 the awards will be run for the sixth time.
The Partnership for South Hampshire (PFSH) was formed in 2003 as Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) and renamed in 2019 to better reflect the diverse nature of its members. It’s a partnership of twelve local authorities around the Solent that aim to improve the environmental, cultural and economic performance of the South Hampshire area. Its focus is on partnership working beyond local authority boundaries to deliver housing, infrastructure, facilities and services that encourage growth and regeneration across the region.