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Yorkshire takes step forward with 'vibrant' towns initiative

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A group of 13 international architects and urban designers have been selected to help breathe life into town and city centres across Yorkshire.

The regional development agency Yorkshire Forward wants to transform the area's image and fill it with 'vibrant, exciting and high-quality centres'. Some £1 million will be pumped into the project by next year.

The firms selected for the project are: Alsop Architects; Koetter Kim, Latham Architects; David Lock Associates; Munich-based Latz and Partner; West 8; EDAW, Locum Destination Consulting; West Yorkshire-based Camlin Lonsdal; Urban Initiatives; John Thompson and Partners; Jane Darbyshire and David Kendall; and Colin Buchanan and Partners. The RDA has pinpointed 'renaissance towns' Scarborough, Doncaster, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Halifax, Grimsby, Rotherham and Wakely for the work.

The initiative is Yorkshire Forward's first-stage response to the challenges of last year's Urban White Paper and it is the first regional development agency to adopt this approach.

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