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Wales Coast Path wins UK's premier planning award

10 July 2013

Running 870 miles around the coast of Wales, from Chepstow in the south to Chester in the north, the Wales Coast Path is the overall winner of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence, the premier awards for planning in the UK. Sir Terry Farrell, one of the world’s leading architect-planners, presented the coveted Silver Jubilee Cup to Natural Resources Wales for their entry at the RTPI awards held today (10 July) at One Wimpole Street in London.

Silver Jubilee Cup 2013According to the Economic Impact of Wales Coast Path Visitor Spending on Wales published by the Welsh Economy Research Unit the scheme attracted an estimated 2.89m visits between October 2011 and September 2012, expenditure related to the trips was around £33.2m and around 730 person-years of employment have been created.

Pictured (left to right) Sir Terry Farrell, Sue Rice from Natural Resources Wales, Dr Peter Geraghty RTPI President.

Sir Terry Farrell, Chair of Judges, said: “The Wales Coast Path is a powerful message about identity. To discover the shape of a nation is a grand statement. Yet for most people who live in urban areas our access to nature is limited and the path gives us and future generations a wonderful resource.

For planners, the project serves as an inspiration. The UK’s coastline is incredibly symbolic and the project demonstrates what can be done elsewhere. The Wales Coast Path has been a partnership of organisations involved all the way through; this has cut across planning roles like no other – from Welsh Government, to local authorities, to community and voluntary organisations and volunteers. The implementation has been incredibly tough and detailed adding up to something substantial in a national context.”

Dr Peter Geraghty, President of the RTPI, added: “The Wales Coast Path is a truly sustainable development, integrating economic, social and environmental benefits. As such it has captured international attention, as well as opening up Wales’ incredibly beautiful and evocative coastline to the public and boosting tourism. Planners can be very proud of the Wales Coast Path.”

Pictured below: The Wales Coast Path

Wales PathThe full list of category winners in the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are below:

Leading the way in Planning for the Community

Beam Parklands; Arup

Excellence in Planning and Design for the Public Realm

Kings Heath Village Square; Birmingham City Council

Innovative use of the planning process – Plan Making

Thame Neighbourhood Plan; Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design

Innovative use of the planning process – Development Management

Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust; Birmingham City Council

Outstanding Planning to Deliver Growth

Gloucester: The Renaissance of the Docks and Quays; Gloucester Heritage Urban Regeneration Programme

Best Planning for Natural and Built Heritage

Heartlands, Cornwall; Stride Treglown

Exemplary Rural Planning

Wales Coast Path; Natural Resources Wales

Small Planning Consultancy of the year

Halliday Fraser Munro

Planning Consultancy of the year

Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners

Young Planner of the Year

Alison Wright; Savills

Silver Jubilee Cup (overall winner)

Wales Coast Path; Natural Resources Wales

More information about the projects can be found here.

Sir Terry Farrell

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.  

In London, Sir Terry 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. He is also leading an industry wide review of architecture and the built environment at the invitation of Ed Vaizey Architecture Minister.