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RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence shortlist announced

22 April 2013

planning awards logoThe Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence are set to be hotly contested with the 30 schemes shortlisted for 5 project categories, ranging from the regeneration of Kings Cross to public realm improvements in Singapore. Shortlisted projects will now be further scrutinised by a panel of 24 expert judges, chaired by one of the world's leading planner-architects, Sir Terry Farrell, before the category winners are announced on 10 July.

The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) will present the Silver Jubilee Cup, the UK's top planning prize, to the overall winner at the RTPI Planning Convention on 11 July.

TF PHOTOsmallSir Terry Farrell, Chair of judges, said: "Our shortlist reflects the very best planning projects, strategies and processes that are helping to make great places for people to live and work in. The breadth and standard of entries to the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence is once again extremely impressive and a credit to the profession.  Each demonstrates the positive impact and benefits of good planning. It will be far from easy to pick individual category winners, but I am Iooking forward, with my fellow awards judges, to that exciting challenge and anticipate celebrating some truly outstanding examples of planning."

Pictured: Sir Terry Farrell, one of the world's leading planner-architects.

Dr Peter Geraghty, President of the RTPI, said: "Looking at the shortlist, I am extremely proud of the diversity and strength of the submissions. Today's economic climate is a tough one but what the shortlist shows is difficult conditions are a challenge rather than a barrier to planning excellence. I am particularly delighted that there is the pride and confidence in the profession and its achievements to continue to bring forward high quality submissions."

Projects on the shortlist have been recognised for their national contribution to planning and demonstrate how major schemes can be delivered speedily through the planning and other consents systems. The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence comprises two parts, awards for projects and awards for people. The categories for the people awards are the Planning Consultancy of the Year, Small Planning Consultancy of the Year, and Young Planner of the Year. The shortlists for these and the shortlist for Exemplary rural planning will be announced later this month.

Sponsors for the 2013 Awards include British Land and the Design Council.   

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence shortlist

Click here for more information about the shortlisted projects

Outstanding planning to deliver growth

  • Gateshead Renaissance submitted by Gateshead Council
  • Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area submitted by LB Wandsworth Nine Elms Planning
  • Chatham Waters submitted by Indigo Planning
  • King's Cross Station Redevelopment submitted by Network Rail
  • Gloucester: The Renaissance of the Docks and Quays submitted by Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Company
  • Milton Park Local Development Order submitted by Terence O'Rourke
  • Croydon Metropolitan Centre submitted by Croydon Council

 Leading the way in planning for community

  • Derwenthorpe Phase 1 submitted by Richards Partington Architects
  • All Saints Community Developments submitted by Birmingham City Council
  • Beam Parklands submitted by Arup
  • The Colville Estate submitted by Karakusevic Carson Architects
  • Vermilion, Rathbone Market Phase 1 submitted by CZWG Architects

Excellence in planning and design for the public realm

  • Weymouth Seafront Regeneration Programme submitted by Weymouth and Portland Borough Council
  • Kings Heath Village Square submitted by Birmingham City Council
  • Belfast Streets ahead submitted by AECOM Ltd
  • Gardens by the Bay (Singapore), Bay South submitted by Grant Associates
  • Blaenau Ffestiniog Physical Regeneration Project submitted by Cyngor Gwynedd Council
  • Northumberlandia submitted by Banks Group and Blagdon Estate

Best planning for natural and built heritage

  • Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project submitted by Essex County Council
  • Quadrant 3 submitted by The Crown Estate
  • Heartlands, Cornwall submitted by Stride Treglown
  • New Headquarters and Customer Centre for City of York Council - West Offices submitted by City of York Council

Innovative use of the planning process

a)  plan making

  • Upper Eden neighbourhood development plan submitted by Development Planning Solutions Ltd
  • East Pit/Lakes of Rhosamman regeneration strategy submitted by SLR Consulting Ltd
  • Croydons 16 places and the shift to spatial planning submitted by Croydon Council
  • Thame neighbourhood plan submitted by Tibbalds Planning and urban Design

b) development management

  • PAN06 Food Growing and Development Planning Advice Note submitted by Brighton & Hove City Council
  • University of Hertfordshire: 2020 Estates Vision submitted by Turnberry Planning Ltd
  • The Residents urban design forum submitted by London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
  • Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust submitted by  Birmingham City Council

The judges

Chair of the judging panel

Sir Terry Farrell CBE is considered to be the UK's leading architect planner, with offices in London, Hong Kong and Shanghai. During 40 years in practice he has completed many award-winning buildings and Masterplans including Embankment Place and The Home Office Headquarters as well as millennium projects such as The Deep in Hull and Centre for Life in Newcastle. UK Masterplans include Greenwich Peninsula, Paddington Basin and Newcastle Quayside.

In East Asia, notable projects include Incheon airport in Seoul, Beijing Station and Guangzhou Station in China (the largest in the world). In Hong Kong he has designed the Peak Tower, Kowloon Station development and the British Consulate. Throughout his career, he has championed urban planning and helped shape government policy on key issues. As recognition of this, in 2013 he was voted the individual who made the Greatest Contribution to London's Planning and Development over the last 10 years. He was also invited by the Architecture Ed Vaizey to lead an industry wide  review of architecture and the built environment

In London, he is the Mayor's Design Advisor and advises the Department for Transport on high speed rail. He is Design Champion for the Thames Gateway, Europe's largest regeneration project and masterplanner for the transformation of Vauxhall, Holborn and Earls Court. 

The panel of judges

In addition to Sir Terry Farrell, this year's panel of distinguished judges comprises:

John Baker (Peter Brett Associates), Neil Bennett (Terry Farrell Partnership), Gareth Bradford (DCLG), Sue Bridge (Northampton Borough Council), Adrian  Brown (Berkeley Strategic), Simon  Coop (NLP Planning), Alastair Crowdy (GLHearn), Hank   Dittmar (Prince's Foundation), James Fennell (NLP Planning), Dr Andrew Jones  (Aecom), Alistair MacDonald, Kelvin  MacDonald (Spatial Effects Ltd), Simon  Marsh(RSPB, Stewart Murray (Greater London Authority), Waheed Nazir (Birmingham City Council), Bob Neill MP (Member of Parliament for Bromley and Chislehurst), Adrian  Penfold (British Land), Chris Potts (Savills), Leonora Rozee, Mark Southgate (Planning Inspectorate), Marilyn Taylor (Marilyn Taylor Associates), Alison  Thomas (Cardiff Council), Nikola Miller, George McDonic, Cllr Mike Jones (Leader Cheshire West and Chester and  LGA's Environment and Housing Board).