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Record 90 people and projects vying for most prestigious planning awards

09 February 2017

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A project generating electricity from kites in Scotland, Europe’s biggest biomedical research institute under one roof and a new garden village near Swindon reflect the diversity of the finalists at this year’s RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence.

Masterplans, housing and heritage led projects along with major infrastructure schemes all feature strongly in the shortlist announced today. There are 90 finalists competing across 14 categories. The prestigious Silver Jubilee Cup is awarded to the project determined the best overall by the judges, last year's winners Plymouth City Council are pictured below.

The Awards for Planning Excellence are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society. There was a nearly 40% increase in entrants this year.

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Stephen Wilkinson, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said:

“The huge increase in entrants and finalists in this year’s awards reflects the important contribution planners are making to delivering infrastructure and housing. The finalists represent some outstanding contributions to planning which continue to make a positive impact on the environment in the interests of  communities across the UK. The judges will find it difficult choosing the winners given the high calibre of entries this year.”

Andrew Jones, Practice Leader Design Planning + Economics, AECOM said:

“AECOM is proud to once again be a headline sponsor of this year’s RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. The finalists are a diverse mixture of outstanding examples of planning, which demonstrate the impact the profession has on quality and delivery in the built environment.”

David Jackson, Head of Planning, Savills said:

“Savills is delighted to be a headline sponsor of the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. The finalists reflect the positive impact planning has on our communities across the UK, Ireland and internationally through projects, plans and people.”

The Awards ceremony will be held at Milton Court at The Barbican, London on 15 June 2017. Tickets to the ceremony are now on sale.

The finalists are:

Excellence in Planning for Heritage

  • Saltcoats Town Hall, Saltcoats, Scotland
  • Leicester Local Heritage Asset Register, Leicester, England
  • Dalkeith Town Centre Heritage Regeneration, Dalkeith, Scotland
  • The Old Glasshouse, Dudley, England
  • Tramshed, Cardiff, Wales
  • Fingal Heritage Properties, Dublin, Ireland
  • The Seamus Heaney Homeplace, Bellaghy, Northern Ireland
  • Old Railway Quarter, Swindon, England
  • City of London Churchyards: Statements of Significance Project, London, England

Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment

  • Davyhulme Wastewater Treatment Works Modernisation Project, Davyhulme, England
  • Upper Nene Valley Gravel Pits SPA Mitigation Strategy, Northamptonshire, England
  • Green Roofs in the City of London, London, England
  • Water Space Project, River Avon, England
  • Wootton Riverine Woodland Wetland Restoration Scheme, Avon Water, England
  • Victory Oak, Ringwood, England
  • Energy Futures
  • Plymouth Strategic Landscape and Seascape Character and Sensitivity Study, Plymouth, England

Excellence in Planning for Well-being

  • TAYplan/ University of Dundee Youth Camp 2016, Dundee, Scotland
  • Site Clearance Operation at 47 Meadvale Road, Leicester, England
  • Lansdowne Bear Pit Transformation: Micro Regeneration Scheme, Bournemouth, England
  • American Express Elite Football Performance Centre, Lancing, England
  • Caesar Court, Deal, England
  • Place Standard, Scotland

Excellence in Planning to Create Economically Successful Places

  • The Francis Crick Institute, London, England
  • Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme, Leeds, England
  • Manor House, Rathlin Refurbishment Project, Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland
  • Bloomberg Development, London, England
  • Grey to Green, Sheffield, England
  • CB1 Masterplan, Cambridge, England
  • Victoria Gate Development (Phase 1), Leeds, England
  • The Bay Campus – Swansea University, Swansea, Wales
  • West Croydon Interchange Masterplan Public Realm, London, England

Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing

  • Chaddlewood, Plymouth, England
  • Stuck Sites, Sheffield, England
  • Perrybrook: A new community for Brockworth, Gloucestershire, England
  • Carrowbreck Meadow, Hellesdon, England
  • Bath Road Reservoir and Pumping Station, Reading, England
  • Bransgore Affordable Housing Scheme, New Forest, England
  • Louisburg Barracks, Bordon, England
  • Stafford Close Housing Scheme, Dartmoor National Park, England
  • Dover Court Estate, London, England
  • Sherwood Estate Regeneration, Tunbridge Wells, England
  • Tadpole Garden Village, Swindon, England
  • Meadow Road Social Housing, Worthing, England
  • Creating Sustainable Communities on Salisbury Plain, England
  • The Bacton Estate Phase 1, London, England
  • Leeds Housing Regeneration Project, Leeds, England

Excellence in Planning for the Innovative Delivery of Infrastructure

  • Crookedstone Road Solar Farm, Antrim, Northern Ireland
  • Ellis Meadows, Leicester, England
  • East Bank, River Arun, Littlehampton, England
  • Delivering Major Infrastructure - A Collaborative and Plan-Led Approach- Manchester Airport Transformation, Manchester, England
  • Shoreham Adur Tidal Walls, Shoreham-by-Sea, England
  • Bransholme Surface Water Pumping Station, Hull, England
  • Kite Power Solutions, West Freugh, Scotland

Excellence in Plan Making Practice

  • St Albans Civic Centre Opportunity Sites Masterplan, St Albans, England
  • Guildford Town Centre and Hinterland Masterplan 
  • Pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan, Scotland
  • Stroud District Local Plan, England
  • Shape my Brecon Beacons, South Wales
  • Findrassie Masterplan, Elgin, Scotland
  • Bristol Temple Quarter Spacial Framework, Bristol, England
  • Birmingham Development Plan, Birmingham, England

International Award for Excellence in Planning

  • Plano Director Geral Metropolitano de Luanda, Masterplan for Luanda Province, Angola
  • Madinat al Irfan, Muscat, Oman
  • The Capital Steel Urban Regeneration Project, Beijing,
  • "From Brown to Green" Hung Shui Kiu New Development Area Planning and Engineering Study, Hong Kong
  • Reem Island Downtown, RIS4, Abu Dhabi City, United Arab Emirates

Employer Award for Excellence

  • Iceni Projects
  • Atkins Ltd.
  • Terence O'Rourke

Local Authority Planning Team of the Year

  • South Oxfordshire District Council
  • Leeds City Council
  • North East Lincolnshire Council/Engie Regeneration Partnership
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Small Planning Consultancy of the Year

  • Robinson & Hall LLP
  • Optimis Consulting
  • RCOH Ltd
  • Cundall
  • Natural Power Consultants Limited
  • Origin3 ltd.

Planning Consultancy of the Year

  • Indigo Planning
  • Savills UK Ltd
  • WYG
  • ELG Planning

Young Planner of the Year

  • Fran Dance - Planner at Arup
  • Jo Ellingham - Senior Planner at HTA Design LLP
  • Kim Boal - Planning Officer at Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council
  • Duncan Smart - Senior Planer at Peter Brett Associates
  • Liam Jones - Area Team Leader at City & County of Swansea Council
  • Luke Coffey - Senior Planning Consultant at Mott MacDonald

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