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Past awards

RTPI East of England awards celebrate outstanding planning practice in the Region. You can find out more here about previous winners.

RTPI East of England Planning Achievement Award 2013

The RTPI East of England 2013 Planning Achievement Award was presented in July 2013.

The winners were Cambridge City Council, in association with Bovis Homes and Levitt Bernstein for the entry entitled: "Residential Development by Bovis Homes, Clay Farm, Cambridge".

2013 Award winnersPictured are: Peter Warner (RTPI East of England Regional Chair 2013), presenting the trophy to Elizabeth Rolph of Cambridge City Council.

The 2013 Award winners illustrationRegional Judging Panel, led by David Potter FRICS MRTPI, said of this scheme:

"This scheme, from Cambridge City Council, Bovis Homes and Levitt Bernstein, is about the planning process and how it has been used in the granting planning permission for residential development at Clay Farm on the south side of the city. The entry shows imaginative handling of a reserved matters application for 102 dwellings. It is a good example of different specialist groups within the council working well together and with the developer's team, with careful attention to design and sustainability issues."

The judging panel commented "the four projects shortlisted for the 2013 Regional Planning Achievement Award each serve to illustrate the creativity and professionalism of planners, local councils, public and private sector partners."

The other shortlisted projects were:

  • "Peterborough City Centre Plan Consultation" from Peterborough City Council. The judging panel said: this demonstrates a positive and exciting way to engage with the public as part of a creative consultation package for the new city centre plan. Using a 'fly-through' film technique which has great potential to include and involve the local community.
  • "The Forum (Phase 1)" from Southend on Sea Borough Council is an exciting partnership project. Due to be completed in August this year, the project will bring new library and learning facilities to the town centre. The overall design concept has been carefully considered in terms of the way the scheme integrates with the university and the town centre.
  • "University of Hertfordshire: 2020 Estates Vision" was the entry from Turnberry Planning Ltd. This provides an impressive estate wide vision and plan for the University of Hertfordshire campus. The consultation process appears to have been effective and such an holistic and thoughtful approach will bring many benefits to the buildings, environment and users of the campus, including rationalisation of access and improved accessibility for all.

The winners of the 2012 RTPI East of England Regional Planning Achievement Award were:

"Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project" entered by Essex County Council and the RSPB.

2012 Award WinnersPictured are Shelley Bailey from Essex County Council and Jeff Kew from RSPB receiving the Regional trophy from the 2013 Regional Chair, Peter Warner.

This innovative project will create new intertidal habitats to contribute to UK Biodiversity and help mitigate for losses due to climate change induced sea level rise. It will allow managed realignment of sea defences without resulting in adverse impacts in the wider Crouch and Roach Estuaries, and will reduce the potential for flooding through an unmanaged breach of Wallasea Island's sea defences, and will also increase public access to the coast. At the same time the project will provide an alternative to landfill, moving waste up the waste hierarchy. The project will use 7.5 million m3 of recovered inert fill material 4.5 million tonnes of which come from Crossrail's excavated material. This will be recovered and beneficially used at Wallasea Island.

2012 EE Award winners

The Regional Judging Panel felt the winning entry was a very worthy recipient of the Award for what is a truly unique scheme that will transform the landscape and contribute to providing sustainable habitats for vulnerable species. The judges commented: "although it is still theoretical and will take many years to see the predicted outcomes, it is an excellent project that should be supported and encouraged" and "it is an excellent example of planning being used to facilitate a solution from a problem".

The project rightly is described as a national 'flagship' coastal habitat creation project on a scale unique in the UK. The development demonstrates positive and innovative planning and the judges were unanimous in voting this a worthy winner.

Other Entries

The RTPI East of England Award Panel received four entries for the 2012 Regional Planning Achievement Award, spanning the world of planning.

Each of the entries is worthy of a mention, as they were interesting, inspiring and challenging schemes:

"Botanic Place, Cambridge", entered by Metropolis and Formation Architects. Botanic Place at Hills Road in Cambridge deals with the need to enhance the public realm and incorporate a much-loved local feature in a modern commercial development.

"Orchard Park, Cambridge", entered by South Cambridgeshire District Council. On the northern edge of Cambridge, Orchard Park is planned to deliver a new mixed-use development alongside the A14 and next to the guided busway. The development had stalled and the submitted project details work undertaken to ensure delivery of key parts of the development, including the community centre, and illustrates some of the challenges facing planning at the best of times, let alone in a recession.

"South Norfolk Place Making Guide", entered by South Norfolk District Council. South Norfolk's splendid interactive Place-Making Guide is beautifully presented and can be downloaded as a pdf chapter by chapter. It is easy to navigate and provides a detailed context and character portrait of each area of the district.

We hope that all four projects will receive recognition for the achievements and particularly for the contribution of planning and planners.

The judges were very impressed with all the entries and would like to thank everyone involved. The scores were very close.

2011 Regional Planning Achievement Award Winners

There was a very strong field of entries, with a record twenty-one entries referred to our Region from the National Awards and four entries submitted directly.

These Awards were presented by the 2011 RTPI President, Richard Summers, during our conference on 27 March 2012 in Bury St Edmunds.

2011 Award winners photoJackie Ward, Regional Awards Panel Convenor, commented: "The projects were as diverse as ever, and particularly inspiring in these challenging times. The awards are a great showcase for planning, and illustrate how important the science and art of town planning is to our environment, and well-being."

  • 1st place - High House Production Park, High House Production Park Ltd.
  • 2nd place - Wimbish Tye Green, Saffron Walden, Uttlesford DC (entered Regional Award only)
  • Joint 3rd place - Warner Bros. Leavesden Studios, Terence O'Rourke Ltd.
  • Joint 3rd place - Stubb Mill Restoration Project, Broads Authority

See a summary of the award winning entries.

2010 Regional Planning Achievement Award Winners

1ST PLACE: "The Great Fen, Huntingdonshire, Cambridgeshire", submitted by the Great Fen Project Partners (Environment Agency, Huntingdonshire DC, Middle Level Commissioners, Natural England and Wildlife Trust) with LDA Design.

2ND PLACE: "Design in Central Bedfordshire - A Guide for Development", submitted by Central Beds. Council

3RD PLACE: "Green Infrastructure by Design; Adding Value to Development", submitted by Bedfordshire & Luton GI Consortium. 


Entries were also received from: Hertfordshire County Council, Essex County Council, South Norfolk Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and Entec UK Ltd.

See the full Regional Judges report here

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