The Temporary Works award credits any innovative temporary solutions to vacant sites scheduled for development. This was a new category to recognise how developers and regeneration professionals have responded to difficult times.
MEPC worked with the University of Leeds to create the “Community Involvement Research Survey” to bring forward innovative solutions and temporary uses for the vacant MEPC development site.
At the ceremony, held at the Broad Gate building, judges said MEPC should be applauded for providing such a vibrant community space and for demonstrating a long-term commitment to Leeds during the economic downturn.
MEPC has been praised for turning its 22 acre site to a city centre resource that can be enjoyed by those who live and work in the surrounding area, creating a new community hub.
While many of the UK’s developers opted to mothball paralysed sites, MEPC bucked the trend by investing £1 million enhancing its public realm, including; the creation of green space, urban gardens, a five-a-side football pitch and new boulevard on what would otherwise have been a derelict site.
Rick de Blaby, chief executive of MEPC, said: “We are thrilled to have won these two awards. Developers all over the country have had to stall projects during this time of inactivity, but there is no reason why sites should remain derelict and unused when they provide a great opportunity for the community. These awards recognise the work that has gone into Wellington Place to incorporate it into the city and we are delighted to have made such a clear impression on the judges.”
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