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Past Awards

North East Regional Awards for Planning Excellence  - Past Awards


2017 Awards

Transformative infrastructure projects crowned joint winners at RTPI North East regional award 2017

Two transformative infrastructure projects in the North East of England have been crowed joint winners at this year's Royal Town Planning Institute North East Regional Awards.

The £100m South Shields library known as 'The Word' is the first stage in the council's plans to transform the once declining coastal town at the mouth of the River Tyne. It is the centrepiece of major regeneration plans for South Shields which South Tyneside Council is hoping to attract additional investment as well as new visitors to the town.  The council is also using it as a way to engage with the local community, especially hard to reach groups such as young people.

It was a joint winner with a sustainable sewage system for the market town Morpeth. The new system will not only effectively deal with waste but unlock land for new housing. The sewer, developed following proactive engagement with the local community by Northumbrian Water, responds to the identification of Morpeth as a location for growth.

Commenting on the two winning projects, Vikki Van Sylvan, RTPI North East Chair, said:

"The North Morpeth Strategic Sewer highlights what can be achieved through real collaborative planning, the public and private sector coming together to provide a significant piece of infrastructure to facilitate housing development in an identified growth area of Northumberland.  Whilst it's not sexy, it is a model of best practice for infrastructure delivery nationwide.

"The Word is the centre piece of South Shields 365 regeneration scheme.  It is refreshing to see such an innovative educational and cultural venture to kick start the regeneration and revitalisation of a declining town centre.  I'm sure this development will be a valued community asset for years to come."

Full list of winning and commended finalists:

2017 Award Winner

The Word, South Shields

FaulknerBrowns Architects

2017 Award Winner

North Morpeth Strategic Sewer

Northumbrian Water

2017 Chair's Award

Seaham Harbour Marina Watersports Centre

Durham County Council

2017 Commended

Freeman's Reach

FaulknerBrowns Architects


2016 Awards

Winner: The Wynyard Gardens and Visitor Centre (England Lyle Good). Chairs Award: Stem Centre, Middlesbrough (Middlesbrough Council).  Commendation: The Curve, Middlesbrough (Middlesbrough Council).  Other shortlisted entries considered: Yarm School (YarmSchool and Associate Architects), The Malings, Ouseburn (Cundall).  Other entries:  The Woodlands, Shortley Bridge; Stockton High Street Regeneration; Acklam Hall Middlesbrough, Boho 5, Middlesbrough; Delhi Historic Parkland Restoration; Central Park, Darlington; Gateshead Hot Food Takeaway Supplementary Planning Document; Gateshead Surface Water (SuDS) Guidelines for New Development Supplementary Planning Document (SPD).


2015 Awards

Winner: Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan (Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Council).  Chair's Award: Newcastle City Futures (School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape - Newcastle University). Commendation - Morpeth Flood Alleviation Scheme, entered by Environment Agency and Northumberland Councy Council


Judges Report 2015

Past Winners

  • River Tees Barrage, the C2C Cyle Route
  • Hadrian's Wall Management Plan
  • Grainger Town
  • 1st Winner; 1986 Blyth Valley Council's Planning Committee Agenda


Past awards


Awards; The Restoration of Stewart Park, Middlesbrough, Southern Green Ltd (Lead Consultant), Middlesbrough Council (Client), Craghead Environmental Improvement and Group Repair Scheme, Fairhurst (Lead Consultants) and Durham County Council), Winner of the 2013 Special Award, for the best example of Innovation in the Planning Process:  The Delivery of Simplified Planning in a Protected Environment, South East Northumberland, (Northumberland County Council), Commendations: The South Tyneside Local Development Framework (South Tyneside Council), The Redevelopment of Heworth Hall, Gateshead (George F. White LLP, Planning consultants, and Aspire Technology Solutions, The Student Forum, Newcastle University (Southern Green, Landscape Architects, and Newcastle University) 

Judges Report 2013


Awards: The Toffee Factory, Newcastle (xsite architecture), Developer Guidance Notes (Newcastle City Council), and Northumberlandia (Banks Group) (2012 Chair's Award for Rural Planning) Commendations: The Chapter House, All Saints Church, Cleadon (B3 Architecture) and Bolam Coyne (Newcastle City Council)

Judges Report 2012


Awards: Boho One and Bohouse (Middlesbrough Council) (Overall Winner) and St Nicholas Square, Newcastle upon Tyne (Robinson Landscape Design Ltd) (2011 Chairs Award for Urban Design) Commendations: The Courtyard, Preston Farm, Eaglescliffe (PF Developments), Durham Road Eco Homes (Gateshead Council) and Sunderland Seafront Regeneration (Sunderland City Council)


Awards: Distinctly Darlington Design of New Development Supplementary Planning Document (Darlington Borough Council) (Overall Winner) The Hub, Barnard Castle (Prism Planning, Teesdale Community Resources and Browne Smith Baker) (2010 Chairs Award forSustainability) Commendations: Virginia House, Newcastle upon Tyne (Newcastle City Council and Tyneside Cyrenians), Avondale Park, Gateshead (Gateshead Council) and Blyth Beach Chalets (IDPartnership-Northern)


Award: The Regeneration of St Jamess Church Hall, Alnwick (Isos Housing Ltd) and Berwick WorkSpace, Eldon Square Shopping Centre, Newcastle Phase 1 Redevelopment (Nathaniel Berwick upon Tweed (Northumberland County  Council) (Joint Winners) Commendation: Lichfield and Partners on behalf of Capital Shopping Centres)


Award: Cleadon Park Regeneration Scheme (South Tyneside Council and Isos Housing Ltd, on behalf of the Cleadon Park Community Partnership) Commendations: Sunniside Gardens (Sunderland City Council); Residents Urban Design Training (Gateshead Council and Planning Aid North); City Campus East (Northumbria University and Dickinson Dees LLP)


Award: Planning Education for Young People (Planning Aid North) Commendation: South Tyneside Local Development Framework (South Tyneside Council)


Award:The Greenhouse Eco Business Centre, Derwentside (entered by Groundwork West Durham)
Commendation: Phase 1, Ridley Park, Blyth (Blyth Riverside Regeneration)