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Alumna who revived city after IRA bomb recognised

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A regeneration expert who lead the transformation of Manchester’s city centre after it was devastated by an IRA bomb has been given an Outstanding Alumni Award by The University of Manchester.

Alison Nimmo CBE is chief executive of the Crown Estate, controlling assets worth £11.5 billion, including much of London’s prime real estate, the first woman ever to hold the post.

Her career began in Manchester, where she graduated with a BA (Hons) in Town and Country Planning in 1985.

Eleven years after graduating, she became project director of Manchester Millennium, leading the hugely successful regeneration of the city centre after the IRA bomb in 1996.

Alison was an integral part of the original bid team that succeeded in bringing the games to London, and was also director of design and regeneration for the Olympic Delivery Authority.

I’m deeply honoured for my work to be recognised by the University of Manchester with this outstanding alumni award. Manchester is my adopted home city. I loved my time here both as a student and then later helping to rebuild and reshape this wonderful City Centre
Alison Nimmo

She was made a CBE for services to urban regeneration in 2004, and in 2014 won the prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute Gold Medal for services to planning.

She said: “I’m deeply honoured for my work to be recognised by the University of Manchester with this outstanding alumni award. Manchester is my adopted home city. I loved my time here both as a student and then later helping to rebuild and reshape this wonderful City Centre”.

Claire Kilner, Head of Alumni Relations at The University of Manchester said: “Alison has devoted her professional life to the important area of regeneration – and has been an outstanding achiever. We are honoured to recognise her work, in particular the regeneration of Manchester city centre in what many feel is the most ambitious and successful urban regeneration project of its time.”

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