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Nearly 80 outstanding people and projects competing for UK’s most prestigious planning awards

12 February 2018

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A children’s classroom on a farm, international sailing facilities, dementia friendly housing and a brewery transformation reflect the diversity of this year’s finalists competing in the UK’s most prestigious planning awards.

Housing and regeneration projects as well as new community and sporting facilities feature strongly on the shortlist - announced today - for this year’s Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence.

From a record number of entries, the judges narrowed it down to 78 finalists, competing across 13 categories. They come from the length and breadth of the United Kingdom – from Stromness in Scotland to Porthcawl in Wales. The prestigious Silver Jubilee Cup is awarded to the project determined the best overall by the judges, last year's winners the Francis Crick Institute are pictured below with other category winners.

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For the first time, the awards include an ‘In-house’ Planning Team of the Year category, to recognise teams of planners working in organisations that aren’t local authorities or planning consultancies.

These awards are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for over 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.

The winners will be announced during a ceremony at Milton Court - The Barbican, London on 24 May 2018. Tickets to the ceremony are on sale.

John Acres MRTPI, RTPI President said:

“This year’s finalists reflect the important contribution planners and planning makes to creating great places and tackling the challenges we face across the UK. Planners are taking on new and innovative projects and the finalists show they are succeeding. It’s a huge achievement just to be shortlisted this year given the 6% rise in entries to the awards and the high calibre of entries will make judging very difficult.”

Andrew Jones MRTPI, Practice Leader Design Planning + Economics, AECOM said:

“AECOM is proud to once again be a headline sponsor of this year’s RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. The finalists are a diverse mixture of outstanding examples of planning, which demonstrate the breadth of the impact the profession has on quality place making and delivery in the built environment.”

David Jackson MRTPI, Head of Planning, Savills said:

“Savills is delighted to be a headline sponsor of the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. The finalists reflect the positive impact planning has on our communities and wider society across the UK, Ireland and internationally through exemplary projects, plans and people.”

The finalists are:

Excellence in Planning for Health and Wellbeing

  • Connecting Communities for a Healthier Tower Hamlets – submitted by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and LUC
  • Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary – The Garden Hospital – submitted by Dumfries and Galloway Council
  • Four Greens Community Trust – submitted by Plymouth City Council
  • Healthy Places, Healthy Children – submitted by Belfast Healthy Cities
  • Hull Extra Care Project – submitted by Hull City Council
  • Phoenix Community Garden – submitted by The London Borough of Camden
  • Seaham Harbour Marina Watersports Activity Centre – submitted by Durham County Council
  • The S.H.E.D - Frogmary Green Farm Classroom – submitted by David Glasson Planning Ltd
  • Tree Top Village – submitted by IDPartnership
  • Welsh National Sailing and Events Centre – submitted by Cyngor Gwynedd

Excellence in Planning for Heritage and Culture

  • Built Heritage Strategy for The Fylde – submitted by Fylde Borough Council
  • Darlington Hippodrome & Hullabaloo Children's Theatre – submitted by Space Architects 
  • Depot, Lewes Community Screen – submitted by South Downs National Park Authority & Burrell Foley Fischer Architects and Urban Designers
  • Diss Heritage Triangle – submitted by Diss Heritage Triangle Trust CIO
  • Leake Street Arches – submitted by LCR
  • Making Changes – submitted by Bath Preservation Trust
  • Southampton Tall Buildings Study – submitted by Boyle + Summers
  • Stanton Moor Principles – submitted by Peak District National Park Authority
  • The Jennings – submitted by WYG and Bridgend Borough Council
  • The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre – submitted by Jane Darbyshire & David Kendall Ltd
  • Tower Hamlets Conservation Strategy – submitted by Chris Blandford Associates

Excellence in Planning for Homes – Small Schemes 

  • Enfield Small Sites – submitted by HTA Design LLP
  • Longcross Kennels – submitted by PRP

Excellence in Planning for Homes – Large Schemes

  • Bourne Estate Regeneration – submitted by Tibbalds and the London Borough of Camden
  • Caddington Woods – submitted by Bidwells
  • Creekside East – submitted by bptw partnership
  • Estate Regeneration: The King Square Solution – submitted by HTA Design LLP
  • The Nelson Project – submitted by Plymouth City Council

Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment

  • Caeau Mynydd Mawr SPG and March Fritillary Project – submitted by Carmarthenshire County Council
  • Northampton Green Infrastructure Plan – submitted by Fiona Fyfe Associates Ltd
  • The National Trust: Shifting Shores – submitted by The National Trust

Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy

  • Battersea Power Station – submitted by Battersea Power Station Development Corporation
  • Bracknall Town Centre – submitted by Deloitte Real Estate
  • Green Port Hull – submitted by Hull City Council
  • Here East – submitted by Deloitte Real Estate
  • International Advanced Manufacturing Park Joint Area Action Plan – submitted by Sunderland City Council and South Tyneside Council
  • Ordsall Chord – submitted by Network Rail
  • Orford Road, Waltham Forest – submitted by the London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Stromness Regeneration – submitted by Orkney Islands Council
  • Wick Community campus – submitted by Ryder Architects

Excellence in Plan Making Practice

  • Connecting Communities for a Healthier Tower Hamlets – submitted by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • Former Cockenzie Power Station Masterplan – submitted by Peter Brett Associates
  • Great Kneighton – submitted by Countryside Properties (UK) Ltd
  • International Advanced Manufacturing Park Joint Area Action Plan – submitted by Sunderland City Council and South Tyneside Council
  • North West Preston Masterplan SPD – submitted by Preston City Council
  • Towards a Stamford Hill Plan – submitted by the London Borough of Hackney
  • UK Central: The Hub Framework Plan – submitted by Arup
  • West of England Joint Spatial Plan – submitted by West England Partnership

International Award for Excellence in Planning

  • Economic and Urban Multi-site Development Project, Jericho, Palestine – submitted by INTA

Small Planning Consultancy of the Year

  • Claremont Planning Consultancy Ltd
  • Fowler Architecture and Planning Limited
  • NTR Planning
  • PRP
  • Pure Town Planning
  • RCA Regeneration
  • Situ8 Planning Consultancy
  • Urban Imprint Ltd

Planning Consultancy of the Year

  • Arup
  • Deloitte Real Estate
  • Hunter Page Planning
  • Iceni Projects
  • Indigo
  • Savills UK Ltd

In-house Planning Team of the Year

  • Education and Skills Funding Agency
  • HTA Design LLP
  • National Grid
  • Natural Power Consultants Limited
  • United Utilities

Local Authority Planning Team of the Year

  • London Borough of Croydon
  • London Borough of Hackney
  • Rossendale Borough Council
  • Rotherham Council
  • Teignbridge District Council

Young Planner of the Year

  • Andrea Kellegher – Turley
  • Charlotte Morphet – London Borough of Waltham Forest
  • Heather Claridge – Glasgow City Council
  • Kim Cooper – Arup
  • Reece Lemon – Savills

 

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