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York has been awarded 'Best City for Architecture'!

York has been awarded many titles over the last few months, from the UKs ‘most festive city’ and ‘most popular city’ to the first ‘Gigabit city’, the city certainly has a lot to be proud of and was recently voted the ‘best place to live’. But it doesn’t end there…York has just been awarded Best City for Architecture! 

York Network and Architecture

The City of York has been awarded Best City for Architecture in this year’s Condé Nast Traveller 21st Annual Reader’s Travel Awards.

Ian Gillies, Leader of the Council, said:

“As the UK’s first Gigabit City, this recognition of York’s remarkable historic offer testifies to the city’s ability to protect and promote our heritage whilst pursuing state-of-the-art solutions for our residents and businesses.”

Pinacl is proud to hear of York’s continued success having worked with the City of York Council since 2009, we have helped to support their ambitious digital strategy to become one of Europe’s best-connected Cities.

We have delivered a number of significant high-profile projects and recently extended our WiFi coverage out to suburbs in York following on from the successful WiFi deployment across the majority of the city centre and at all six park and ride terminals in 2014.

The network now covers a large number of key locations including Museum Street and Gardens, Coney Street, York Train Station, The Shambles, Micklegate, Bishopthorpe Road, Acomb’s Front Street, around York Minster and throughout Parliament Street, home of the St Nicholas Fair.

This solution has enabled the City of York to become one of the most technologically-advanced cities in the UK. York has now been voted the best place to live in the UK.  Seen as ‘the perfect mix of heritage and hi‑tech’, York, has the fastest internet in Britain and is the UK’s first “Gigabit City”.

Achieving the fastest internet speeds whilst maintaining York’s fantastic architecture was something that had to be carefully considered by our network design team. Jonathan Davies, Network Design Consultant at Pinacl explains:

“The City of York is filled with stunning architecture and historic monuments that attract tourists from around the globe. The desire to provide a ‘connected experience’ for visitors and residents in and around these ‘protected’ venues presents a unique set of challenges when designing and deploying wireless networks. It is a fundamental requirement that any deployment must not impact either the appearance or fabric of listed buildings and public spaces. A Ruckus wireless solution has proven to be ideal for York by offering compact and unobtrusive access points to minimise visual impact in sensitive locations. Pinacl works closely with the council’s conservation officer to determine what is permissible in terms of new development. Colour-matching access points and custom bracketry are just some of the techniques we have used to ensure that our installations can go ahead whilst preserving the historic nature of York’s beautiful attractions." 

Councillor Peter Dew, Executive Member with responsibility for digital infrastructure, said:

“York’s city-wide WiFi network has expanded to incorporate our more suburban areas where so many of our residents live. Free WiFi access nearer to people’s homes can transform these public spaces, making them more attractive and accessible for visitors and more functional for residents who pass through the vicinity regularly.

It’s wonderful that this connectivity will serve visitors and residents alike, all free of charge; and that we can have peace of mind that the connection is Child-Friendly accredited so that younger people can use it safely and securely.”

The annual awards celebrate the most prestigious destinations and biggest names within the tourist industry, from airlines to destination hotels, who continue to raise the bar in global tourism. York was also placed third in the overall Best UK City list, closely behind runner up, Edinburgh and first place, London.

Andrew Waller, Deputy Leader of the Council, said:

“York offers a rich tapestry of architecture across the ages from the impressive York Minster, to the quaint Shambles and more contemporary buildings. It’s great for this unique city to be recognised on the international stage.”

Nigel Ayre, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, said: said:

“York’s ancient heritage continues to attract many who enjoy living, working and visiting this iconic location. It’s no surprise that our unique city is being recognised in the international arena as a global hotspot for tourism.”

Steve Brown, Managing Director of Visit York, said:

“In the last few months, York has been voted the UKs ‘most festive city’, has been recognised as the UKs ‘most popular city’ and has been declared the ‘best place to live’ by The Sunday Times.

This latest accolade, for architecture, adds further credence to our message that York really is a great place to live, visit, study and do business. It’s another fantastic endorsement of the city.”