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Major redevelopment in Chelmsford wins top RTPI East of England Regional Award

24 September 2016

RTPI East Of England Awards 2016 Chelmsford Winner

Chelmsford City Park West, the mixed-use redevelopment on the former Anglia Ruskin University Central Campus, has won RTPI East of England’s Regional Award for Planning Excellence 2016.

The redevelopment includes the restoration of a Grade II listed building and other historical buildings for 219 homes and commercial buildings. The previously derelict site is located in central Chelmsford. Phase 2 is underway and comprises 5,350 square metres of flexible retail/business uses and a new public square to frame the retained historic Law and Chancellor buildings. Bidwells LLP and Pollard Thomas Edwards are the driving forces behind Chelmsford City Park West.

Michael Hand, RTPI East of England Chair said:

“This entry is an outstanding example of promoting city living and social integration. It demonstrates how a major redevelopment of a historic site can be done in a sustainable way. The redevelopment of the station square and restoration of the grade 2 listed Quaker Meeting House is impressive. The project has re-invigorated the surrounding area and is providing open space in the city centre.”

The Judging Panel were overwhelmed by the quality and diversity of the projects and decided there would also be two highly commended projects:

  • Hadleigh Park Olympic Mountain Bike Legacy Project by Chris Blandford Associates – a network of trails on the former London 2012 Olympic mountain bike course, the only one of its kind, in the world, open to the public (pictured below, left)
  • North West Cambridge Development by AECOM and University of Cambridge – the largest expansion plans in the University’s 800 year history for 3,000 new homes, community, research and teaching facilities and public open space on a 150ha site (pictured below, right)

RTPI East Of England Awards Hadleigh Park

RTPI East Of England 2016 Awards North West Cambridge

The winner and highly commended projects were announced at a ceremony on 23 September held in Girton College, Cambridge, attended by over 80 built environment professionals.


The Awards were kindly sponsored by Bidwells and David Lock Associates:

Bidwells is delighted to be one of the headline sponsors for the RTPI East of England Gala Dinner and Award Presentation Evening. Bidwells is renowned for its commitment to high standards – both in developing its people and also delivering outstanding results for its clients – and very supportive of recognising excellence as in the 2016 Regional Planning Achievement Award.

David Lock Associates are delighted to be one of the headline sponsors of the Gala Dinner and Award Presentation Evening.  We have a long and established relationship with many people and places in the East of England and so we welcome the opportunity to celebrate the area successes.