Urban design

Good design is where buildings and spaces are designed to create places which are unique, attractive and lively where people want to live, work and visit. Urban design is not just concerned about how a place looks, it considers how a place functions, bringing together a range of built environment disciplines. Achieving the highest standards of design within new developments and the whole of the built environment is a priority for the council.

Policy CP10 of the adopted core strategy sets out the design criteria for new development. Further design guidance can be found in our other planning policies.


Our annual design awards recognise the added value that good design and building bring across a number of categories. Local community groups, including the Wigan Civic Trust, help us to encourage good design and to choose the best schemes worthy of an award.

2015 awards

2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the council's prestigious Urban Design and Building Excellence Awards. The awards ceremony was held at Leigh Sports Village on 15th May.

The overall winners are:

  • Urban Design: JGR Planning for Wigan and Leigh Hospice, Woodview Centre, Kildare Street, Hindley
  • Building Excellence: Barratt Homes for Blundell’s Wood, Foundry Lane, Highfield
  • 10th Anniversary Award: Leigh Sports Village.

See full details of winners in individual categories for Urban Design and Building Excellence.

Sponsorship opportunities for the 2016 design awards are available - contact us.

Previous years

The first winner of the design awards was the sensitive conversion of the former St. Anne's Church at Hindsford into apartments. Other winners have included the restoration of Trencherfield Mill, the Grand Arcade, Leigh Sports Village Stadium, the Belong Care Home at Platt Bridge and more recently the refurbishment of Mesnes Park. The council's Wigan Life Centre scheme has also won a number of other design awards including a regeneration award from the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Urban Design Awards

Building Excellence Awards


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