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Shortlists for RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2014 announced

14 April 2014

2014 Awards LogoA record number of entries have been shortlisted for the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence, reflecting the very high standard of submissions this year. The awards, which celebrate the very best in planning, will be hotly contested with 63 projects, consultancies and Local Authority teams competing across ten categories.

Projects, people and plans from Birmingham to Beijing, and from Swindon to Stonehenge, will be battling it out for the UK and Ireland’s premier planning awards. Sponsors and supporters for the 2014 Awards include AMEC, Barton Willmore, British Land, Pekins Slade, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, GVA and the National Planning Forum.

Chairing the panel of 24 expert judges is Sir Terry Farrell, one the world’s leading architect planners. Sir Terry is also author of the recent Farrell Review, a UK government-commissioned review of architecture and the built environment.

Sir Terry said: “The standard of entries to the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence is extremely impressive and a credit to the profession. This is the second year I have chaired the judging and I am proud to say that once again our shortlist reflects the very best planning projects, strategies and processes that are helping to make great places for people to live and work. It will be far from easy to pick individual category winners, but I am looking forward, with my fellow awards judges, to that exciting challenge. I anticipate celebrating some truly outstanding examples of planning.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at The Shaw Theatre in the Pullman London St Pancras on 23rd June 2014. The Silver Jubilee Cup, the UK’s top planning prize will also be presented on the night.

Cath Ranson, President of the RTPI, said: “I would like to congratulate all of our shortlisted candidates and thank all those who entered the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. In this the RTPI’s centenary year I am delighted we are able to celebrate the contribution that planners and planning make to society, to the economy and to the environment, and highlight through these awards truly exceptional examples of planning. It is wonderful to see that there is a pride and confidence in the profession and its achievements which continue to bring forward these high quality and diverse submissions.”

Projects on the shortlist have been recognised for their national contribution to planning and demonstrate how significant 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.

Outstanding planning to deliver growth & employment

  • Chatham Waters by Indigo Planning
  • Hitachi Capital Campus, Trowbridge by Nash Partnership
  • Creating space to work by Leicester City Council
  • London Gateway Logistics Park Local Development Order by Thurrock Council

Leading the way in planning for community

  • Central Govan Action Plan (including Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative) submitted by Glasgow City Council
  • The Regional Strategic Framework for the Central Border Region submitted by Irish Central Border Area Network Ltd (ICBAN)
  • The Spinney, Peterborough submitted by Stewart Milne Group and Peterborough City Council
  • Northampton's Faith Communities: A profile and Places of Worship Audit and Needs Assessment submitted by LUC, CAG Consultants, Northampton Borough Council and Northampton Inter Faith Forum
  • Ag Cothromú Gharbh Achaidh (Levelling the Rough Field) by Tyrone GAA
  • Ocean Estate, Tower Hamlets submitted by Levitt Bernstein Associates Ltd
  • Lisanelly Shared Educational Campus submitted by Strategic Planning
  • Cockermouth Flood Alleviation Scheme submitted by Atkins
  • Blackhorse Workshops submitted by London Borough of Waltham Forest

Excellence in planning and design for the public realm

  • Timber Lodge and Tumbling Bay Playground, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park submitted by LUC and London Legacy Development Corporation
  • East Village submitted by East Village
  • Marine Walk and Seaburn Promenade by Sunderland City Council
  • Bridgegate Public Realm submitted by Austin-Smith:Lord LLP
  • Brighton and Hove Wastewater Treatment Project submitted by Savills and Southern Water
  • Bradford City Park submitted by City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

Best planning for natural and built heritage

  • Regeneration and Urban Renaissance of Beijing Dashilan Conservation Area submitted by Central Design Group - Beijing Institute of Architectural Design Group
  • The Wild Atlantic Way - Route Identification submitted by The Paul Hogarth Company
  • King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, Woolwich submitted by Scott Brownrigg Planning
  • The Witham Hall submitted by Durham County Council
  • More from trees: The Mersey Forest Plan submitted by The Mersey Forest
  • On the Banks, Burnley submitted by Indigo Planning
  • Renewable Energy Supplementary Planning Guidance submitted by Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park
  • King Edward VII Hospital, Midhurst submitted by City & Country and  South Downs National Park Authority
  • The Treehouses at Chewton Glen submitted by Terence O'Rourke
  • Stonehenge Environmental Improvement project submitted by Chris Blandford Associates
  • A Green Infrastructure Approach supplementary planning guidance submitted by Bridgend County Borough Council
  • Planning Naturally – Spatial Planning with Nature in Mind by LUC and RSPB

Exemplary planning to deliver housing

  • North Sprowston and Old Catton submitted by Beyond Green Developments and Broadland District Council
  • Trumpington Meadows submitted by Terence O'Rourke
  • Hendon Waterside submitted by Barratt Metropolitan
  • Housing you want to live in, in a place you would want to be in submitted by North Ayrshire Council
  • Regeneration of Hudson and Manser Streets, St Pauls (Cheltenham) submitted by Nash Partnership

Innovative planning practice in plan making

  • Successful Place: A guide to Sustainable Housing layout and design submitted by Bolsover District Council and Chesterfield Borough Council
  • Living Places: An urban stewardship and design guide for NI submitted by Department of the Environment
  • Paisley Town Centre Asset Strategy submitted by SLR Consulting Ltd
  • Delivering a new strategic planning and investment framework for Coastal West Sussex and Great Brighton submitted by Coastal West Sussex and Greater Brighton Strategic Planning Board
  • Burgess Hill Town Wide Strategy submitted by Nexus Planning Ltd
  • Swindon Town Centre Masterplan submitted by Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners

Innovative planning practice in decision taking

  • Avenue Area Strategic Framework submitted by Atkins
  • Stirling Ecosystems Approach Demonstration Project submitted by LUC
  • The Milton Keynes Waste Recovery Park by AmeyCespa and Milton Keynes Council's Planning Authority
  • Baltic Wharf, Totnes by Place Studio Ltd
  • National Ecosystem Approach Toolkit (NEAT) submitted by Birmingham City University
  • Bassingthorpe Farm, Rotherham by Signet Planning

Planning Consultancy of the Year

  • Atkins
  • Barton Willmore
  • Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners
  • Indigo Planning

Small Planning Consultancy of the Year

  • AZ Urban Studio
  • Brooke Smith Planning
  • NTR Planning Ltd
  • Origin3

Local Authority Planning Team of the Year

  • Birmingham City Council
  • Doncaster MBC
  • London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
  • South Cambridgeshire District Council
  • Sandwell MBC
  • Wokingham Borough Council – Locally Planned Large Scale Development – ' a transformation'
  • Wolverhampton City Council 

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