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Derwenthorpe scoops RTPI Yorkshire Planning Excellence Award

14 July 2014

DerwenthorpeCombining inspiration from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s model village New Earswick with the latest in modern design and construction, Derwenthorpe Phase 1 housing project in York won the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Yorkshire Planning Excellence Award 2014 at its Centenary Reception at the National Railway Museum in York held on 9 July 2014.

Pictured right: Derwenthorpe's distinctive and attractive design.

The judges were impressed by Derwenthorpe’s careful choice of materials,  and detailing large steeply pitched roofs, painted brickwork and striking dormer windows which create a distinctive ‘sense of place’. Within the development, priority is given to pedestrians and the extensive public landscape is integral to the scheme to create an attractive, liveable new community.  When complete, Derwenthorpe will provide a mixed tenure sustainable community of 540 high-quality, energy efficient homes on the periphery of York. The First Phase, consisting of 64 homes, was completed in March 2013 and construction of the next phase is underway.

The RTPI Yorkshire Planning Excellence Award celebrates and recognises the high quality planning work done in the Yorkshire Region.

There is a particular emphasis on projects on projects that are original and of regional significance, especially in highlighting how the project has led to an enhancement of the physical environment which has led to recognisable social and economic benefit in terms of greater human happiness, safety and efficiency.

It is open to all planners, architects, surveyors and developers, members and non-members of the RTPI.

The winner of the Royal Town Planning Institute Yorkshire Planning in Excellence Award in 2014 is Richards Partington Architects for: Derwenthorpe Phase One.

A special award of ‘Highly Commended Finalist’ was made to Sheffield City Council for Nursery Street and Edward Street Breathing Spaces (a strategy of developing a network of high quality neighbourhood open spaces as a setting for development around the edge of Sheffield city centre).

 Speaking about the announcement, Simon Smales, RTPI Yorkshire Chair, said:

"I would like to thank and congratulate the Winner and all those projects that entered the Royal Town Planning Institute Yorkshire Planning in Excellence Award 2014. As is fitting in the RTPI’s centenary year the competition was fierce.  The quality of the submitted projects underlines and pays tribute to the continued key contribution planning and planners make to society, to the economy and to the environment. 

I am delighted with this Year’s selection.  It is truly exemplary.  The Derwenthorpe Phase 1 project shows imagination and ingenuity, and sets a new standard for housing design, layout and energy efficiency - that meets the needs of all the community”.

Richard Partington of Richards Partington Architects commenting on receiving the award said:

"The vision for Derwenthorpe has been sustained through a involved process including a great number of very committed people, representing the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, the City of York and the various organisations who have helped design and build the first phase, all of whom have championed the notion that Derwenthorpe should be an exemplar for sustainable and equitable development. We are very proud that our contribution (amongst many others) has been recognised by RTPI."

Pictures of Derwenthorpe were used in the RTPI's housing report, Delivering Large Scale Housing.