Ashburton District Council has been highly commended in The Beca Award for Placemaking category for its Ashburton CBD Streetscape Renewal Project.

The Beca Award for Placemaking recognises programmes or projects that shape or create a vibrant local economy, local culture or promote the achievement of positive social outcomes.  Any project or programme in these areas may be entered, but it must be able to demonstrate that it is transferrable to other local authorities.  

As its name implies, the Ashburton CBD Streetscape project is a town centre placemaking and infrastructure renewal project encompassing the four aspects of wellbeing.  

The Judges said "we were impressed with the Council’s holistic approach to the project and its contribution to community wellbeing now and in the future. The Council’s approach to design has seen a centre created that is more than a vehicle for retail and presents a compelling before and after."

Beca Group Limited (generally referred to as Beca) is one of the largest employee-owned professional services consultancy firms in the Asia-Pacific. The company has more than 3,800 staff working across 23 offices around the globe, with headquarters located in Auckland, New Zealand.

For further information, please see the 2022 Awards Media Pack.