The transformation of George Street, Corby, part of a multi-million pound regeneration scheme in the town, has won a national award for its design.
The Northamptonshire County Council project was the winner of the Pedestrian Environment category in the 2012 Street Design Awards by Local Government News.
The aim of the scheme was to improve pedestrian access between the newly revitalised shopping area and the civic and leisure area of town, which includes the Corby Cube and international swimming pool.
Cllr Andre Gonzalez De Savage, county council cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection, said: “I’m delighted that the design element of this very important project has been recognised on the national stage.
“So much great work has gone on in Corby in recent years, from the revitalisation of the shopping area to the newly enhanced civic and leisure area with its innovatively designed buildings.
“Getting the streetscape part of this regeneration was extremely important to us and good design was key in complementing the fresh and exciting changes the town centre experienced.”
Central to the design was the development of a distinctive blue, white and black paved walkway, flowing from the swimming pool, across George Street and into the main shopping zone in Corporation Street.
Generously-sized pavements, up to eight metres in width, and clever landscaping, including the planting of pin oak trees, also combined to create a feeling of space, akin to a town square.
In addition, the project included high quality paving, seating and incorporated new bus shelters with real-time bus information. Pedestrian movement was also improved by restricting access of private vehicles on the street during the day.
The county council and Corby Borough Council, through North Northants Development Company (NNDC), secured £3.33 million of funding to carry out the work.
Construction was carried out by the county council’s highways service provider MGWSP and John Henry Construction.