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John Smylie's Saint Anne's Square wins CNU Charter Award

Saint Anne's Square, a traditional-style mixed-use project in the heart of Belfast's historic Cathedral Quarter, has won a prestigious  2011 Charter Award - Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU). The awards recognize outstanding design, development and policy achievements from around the world that embody the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism. Saint Anne's Square won in the category 'The Block, the Street & the Building'. The scheme has created a new urban space for the city surrounded by active frontages - a safe, pedestrian friendly square which has already hosted many successful street-arts events. The finished complex of buildings is truly mixed-use, with over 100 residential units built over restaurants and office space, a 15,000sqft fitness suite, a 169-bed hotel with restaurant, bar and conference space and a multi-storey car par over retail units. The scheme has already won the ‘Best Urban Regeneration Award’ at the Belfast Business Awards 2010; the Irish Property Award for Northern Ireland's ‘Best Residential Development of the Year’; and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors' Award for ‘Best Regeneration Project in Northern Ireland 2010’. Saint Anne’s Square was also featured in the new international publication, The New Palladians, a book featuring examples of some of the best classical architecture projects in the world today, and was recently chosen as ‘Project of the Month’ by AVOE (A Vision of Europe).