Hadleigh Park Olympic Mountain Bike Legacy Project has been shortlisted for the Construction Industry Council’s (CIC) Inclusive Environment Award 2016. The project was submitted by the RTPI to the CIC following its win at the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence in 2016. It won the Excellence in Planning for the Community and Well-Being category.
The project emerged out of a unique partnership that capitalised on the opportunity to create a lasting sporting and green infrastructure legacy from the Olympics for the benefit of local communities and visitors. A network of trails suitable for bike riders of all ages and abilities supported by new visitor facilities were opened in June 2015.
Rosslyn Stuart, Director of Professional Standards and Development said:
“The RTPI proudly submitted this project to the CIC awards for inclusion. We are thrilled that it has been shortlisted. The community support and ownership of this project shone through when it was submitted to us. It has had an inclusive outcome and will provide commercial and economic benefits, while bringing joy to the community.”
Professor John Nolan, CIC Chairman said:
“I am delighted that CIC is hosting the inaugural Inclusive Environment Award and to be on the judging panel. The built environment can be a challenging place for the elderly, people with disabilities, families with young children and even those of us who do not consider ourselves to be disabled. Inclusive design creates solutions that provide buildings, places and spaces that can be enjoyed easily, safely and with dignity by everyone. It goes beyond meeting minimum standards or legislative requirements and acknowledges that everyone benefits from improved accessibility.”
The other shortlisted entries are:
- 5 Pancras Square – a mixed use development home to Camden Council offices, a leisure centre, access centre and library located in the heart of Kings Cross in Central London.
- Penarth Learning Centre – a high quality, invlusive education development bringing together special education needs and mainstream secondary school learning to share education experiences.
The winner will be announced at the Construction Industry Summit Dinner on 20 September 2016.