Short Blue Place, the public realm space in Barking town centre, was praised at the national Urban Design Group Award.
The space, which will be framed by a new Asda supermarket and links the Technical Skills Academy with the main retail area in the town – was nominated in the Pubic Sector category at this year’s awards.
Once the Asda supermarket opens in 2015, Short Blue Place will be accessible from both East Street and London Road to provide easy pedestrian movement.
The judges said: “The scheme has helped transform a key part of the town centre with urban design principles critical to its success. An attractive route for pedestrians to the existing town centre has been created through close attention to detail and the use of public art and local landmarks.
"The scheme demonstrates determination and persistence to deliver a successful public space. Barking and Dagenham Council are to be congratulated on making this well-designed investment in the future of the town.”
Regeneration projects in Barking have been noted before, when the Barking Town Square and arboretum won the Best European Public Space in 2008.
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