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Birmingham named City of the Year in prestigious property awards

Estates Gazette and MIPIM UK Awards also hand City Leader of the Year gong to Sir Albert Bore - a week after he was forced to stand down

Birmingham city centre is set for a major renaissance

Birmingham has been named City of the Year in a prestigious property awards ceremony.

The city secured top billing in the 2015 Estates Gazette and MIPIM UK Awards last night after a year that saw massive regeneration schemes like Birmingham Smithfield and the Snow Hill Masterplan unveiled.

And, in an ironic twist, outgoing Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore was given the City Leader of the Year gong.

Birmingham has enjoyed a property renaissance in recent years.

The award recognition comes after the council unveiled schemes like Smithfield, £500 million proposals to turn create a family and leisure hub on the Wholesale Markets site.

The council also unveiled its Snow Hill Masterplan to transform Birmingham business district, which proposes to create the city’s version of Canary Wharf, create 10,000 high-paying jobs and boost the city’s economy by £600 million a year.

Sir Albert Bore talks to director of regeneration Waheed Nazir at MIPIM in Cannes

The award for Sir Albert will be bittersweet, coming a week after he succumbed to pressure and stood down as leader of Birmingham City Council’s ruling Labour group.

While the Ladywood councillor has come in for criticism over the city’s failing children’s services departments and the struggling Library of Birmingham, he has often earned praise for his track record in the area of regeneration.

Sir Albert said on Twitter: “Thanks #MIPIMUK @estatesgazette for backing #Birmingham with ‘City of the Year’ award – icing on the cake after #superseptember!”

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