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Porth Teigr scoops top prize

23 November 2011

The regeneration of Porth Teigr scooped the prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute Cymru (RTPI Cymru) Planning Award. Announced at Friday's (18 November) award ceremony in Cardiff, igloo's regeneration of Porth Teigr demonstrated, according to Jon Fox the Chair of the eminent judging panel: "a commitment to excellence at all stages and forms a model for future similar developments across Wales."

Jon Fox added: "The role of igloo in maintaining a consistently high standard of stakeholder engagement, masterplanning, architectural quality, urban design and sustainability marked it out as the winner. Everyone looks forward to watching how the site continues to develop."

rtpi cymru awardsPicture: (left to right) Anna Prescott, RTPI Cymru Chair; Paul Vining, WYG Director and Mark Hallett, igloo Regeneration Director.


Mark Hallett igloo's Development Director said:

"Igloo is committed to FootprintR, our policy of sustainable investment designed to deliver benefits to our four key stakeholder groups (institutional investors; local community; creative industries; regeneration agencies) by generating economic, environmental, social and financial value in edge of city-centre locations. I am delighted that igloo's commitment to sustainable investment has been recognised by our industry peers. The award has made all the efforts of the key stakeholders in the project team worthwhile. "

WYG Planning & Design

Paul Vining, Regional Director of WYG Planning & Design said:

"It has been a privilege to work with igloo, the Welsh Government and other stakeholders on this exciting project. It is rare to find a client that places so much emphasis on high quality design and sustainable development and I am delighted that this is now reflected in the RTPI Wales Planning Award."

Meaning "Tiger Gate" in English, the name Porth Teigr reflects the site's relationship with the well known Tiger Bay. It is the last part of Cardiff Bay to be developed, and contains a range of nationally important uses including the BBC's new Roath Lock studios as well as new public realm and  local facilities. The scheme was submitted by WYG Planning & Design who are the planning advisers to igloo.

porth tiegrPictured right: Porth Teigr ("Tiger Gate").

The scheme is also shortlisted for the RTPI Planning Awards, which has entries from Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The 2011 RTPI Planning Awards takes place in February next year.

The purpose of the Wales Planning Awards is to recognise, applaud and publicise examples of good planning practice. Entries can be physical projects, strategies, policies, or processes. Shortlisting took place in July, and the shortlisted schemes were reviewed and where necessary visited in late September.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council Llantwit Major Town Centre Regeneration, and RCT Home's Open Space received commendations from the judging panel; Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council Gurnos town centre regeneration was high commended.

The panel of judges comprised Jon Fox (Chair), Mike Cuddy and Chris Fray - members of the RTPI Cymru Management Board and Policy and Research Forum.