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From waste to winner: top planning award goes to Thames Tideway Tunnel

06 July 2015

Rtpi _planning _excellence _awards _logo _v 5_277x 200The £4.2 billion Thames Tideway Tunnel, designed to provide essential additional capacity to London’s now antiquated Victorian sewage system, is this year’s winner of the RTPI’s Silver Jubilee Cup, the UK and Ireland’s most prestigious planning award.

At 25 kilometres long and 7.2 metres wide the tunnel sits 35-65m below the surface and is designed to prevent the 39 million tonnes of untreated sewage that currently enters the Thames each year. The project will take seven years to complete.

AwardsThe annual RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence took place tonight at a ceremony held at the Pullman in London.  The sold out event was attended by over 450 guests.

Janet Askew, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) said:

“The Thames Tideway Tunnel is an outstanding example of world-class infrastructure being brilliantly delivered with a huge contribution from the planners involved. This worthy winner of our award also impressed with a very positive approach to public engagement, and will result in the vital upgrading of London’s sewers that will have an impact that will last for many years to come.”

Phil Stride, Head of Thames Tideway Tunnel (pictured below) said:

Phil Stride"We are thrilled to win this award. It recognises a very significant infrastructure project which will make a major difference to London.I am fortunate to have a hugely talented team who have worked very hard to secure the planning permissions we needed."

Nick Raynsford, a former planning minister, and Chair of Judges this year said:

“The Thames Tideway Tunnel is an exceptional solution to an extremely complicated planning problem. It is an outstanding winner of the Silver Jubilee Cup in what was a very strong field. The very high quality of finalists this year made selecting the winners in each of the categories challenging.”

The other winners of the 2015 Awards for Planning Excellence were:

Excellence in Decision Making in Planning Award

Winner 

Green Park House (Bath, England)
Bath & North East Somerset Council

Excellence in Planning for Built Heritage Award

Winner
Delivering the vision for Dudley town centre (England)
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Commended
Baylis Old School (London, England)
Henley Homes plc

Excellence in Planning for Community and Well-Being Award

Winner

Ysgol Craig y Deryn (Wales)
Snowdonia National Park Authority

Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment

Winner
Hanham Hall (South Gloucestershire, England)
HTA Design LLP

Commended
Connswater Community Greenway Phase 1 (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
AECOM

Excellence in Planning to Create Economically Successful Places

Winner
Thames Tideway Tunnel (London, England)
Thames Tideway Tunnel Ltd

Commended
Whiteley Town Centre (England)
The Whiteley Co-Ownership (British Land and USS)

Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing

Winner
The Rise, Scotswood (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England)
New Tyne West Development Company

Commended
Hanham Hall (South Gloucestershire, England)
HTA Design LLP

Excellence in Planning to Deliver Infrastructure

Winner
National Planning Framework 3 & the Scottish Planning Policy (Scotland)
The Scottish Government

Excellence in Plan Making Practice Award

Winner
The Plymouth Plan (Plymouth, England)
Plymouth City Council

Commended
National Planning Framework 3 & the Scottish Planning Policy (Scotland)
The Scottish Government

Excellence in Planning for the Public Realm

Winner
River Taff Central Link and Penderyn Square (Wales)
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

Commended

Clapham Old Town (London, England)
London Borough of Lambeth

Employer Award for Excellence

Winner
GVA – RTPI Graduate Training Scheme

Commended
Hunter Page Planning – Planning Matters Forums

Local Authority Planning Team of the Year

Winner
Peterborough City Council (England)

Commended
Elmbridge Borough Council (England

Small Planning Consultancy of the Year

Winner
Place Studio

Planning Consultancy of the Year

Winner
Indigo Planning

Young Planner of the Year

Winner
Viral Desai

Commended
Leigh Nicholson

See all the winners in our awards brochure and have a look at pictures from the event on Flickr.

The RTPI thanks the panel of 28 judges for their time and dedication to the Awards. The high quality of finalists this year made selecting the winners challenging and the RTPI and judges are grateful for the time and effort put into Awards submission.

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