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Bracknell shortlisted for Town of the Year

Panorama photograph of The Lexicon in progress

Bracknell has been shortlisted in the Town of the Year category as part of the Thames Valley Property Awards.

The shortlisting in the 2017 awards follows on the heels of the town scooping the prestigious gong at last year’s ceremony.

In the Town of the Year category, judges are looking for a Thames Valley town and its management team that has implemented a successful town centre strategy and has enhanced the town over a period of time.

The shortlisted application, submitted by Bracknell Forest Council and Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, emphasised how Bracknell Forest is in the midst of a £750m transformation, including The Lexicon which will open on 7 September.

Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker, executive member for economic development and regeneration said: "It’s great news and a real boost that Bracknell has again been shortlisted in the Thames Valley Property Awards for Town of the Year.

Last year the judges agreed with us that Bracknell was the best town in the Thames Valley to live, work and do business. I’m delighted they still think Bracknell is up and coming, especially as we’re heading into a very exciting chapter in the town’s history with The Lexicon opening this autumn, complementing more than £500m worth of other investment in the town.

Simon Russian, Development Manager at Legal & General on behalf of the Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, said:

Bracknell is the first post-war new town to be to be comprehensively master planned, demolished, re configured and rebuilt and is one of the largest urban regeneration schemes currently being built in the UK.

The Lexicon will provide 580,000 sq ft of new retail, dining space and public squares to create a new vibrant centre for the town.

Bracknell is shortlisted alongside Reading and Basingstoke. Winners will be announced on 11 May.

More information can be found on the TVPA website.