Projects using drones and artificial intelligence feature on the list of finalists – released today - for this year’s Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence.
They feature in the ‘Excellence in Tech within Planning Practice’ category, a new category recognising projects that have used a new type of technology or used technology in a new or innovative way.
The RTPI’s annual Awards for Planning Excellence are the most established and respected in the UK planning industry. Running for over 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.
This year’s finalists should all be proud of their role as a force for good in society
This year, from a record number of entries across 14 categories, the judges have chosen 109 finalists. Entries come from across the UK, including Jersey, Cornwall and Northern Ireland.
The prestigious Silver Jubilee Cup - won last year by Orkney Islands Council for a 10-year plan to regenerate a declining fishing village – will also be awarded to the project determined the best overall by the judges.
RTPI President Ian Tant MRTPI said: “Many congratulations to all this year’s finalists, who demonstrate outstanding contributions to planning, producing a positive effect on our communities, the economy and the environment. This year’s finalists have shown how planners can use their passion and skills to meet needs, deliver high quality design and tackle environmental challenges – they should all be proud of their role as a force for good in society.”
Headline sponsors of this year’s event are engineering firm AECOM and real estate service provider Savills.
Andrew Jones MRTPI, Practice Leader Design Planning + Economics at AECOM, said: “The finalists are a diverse mixture of outstanding examples of planning, which demonstrate the breadth of the impact the profession has on quality place making and delivery in the built environment.”
David Jackson MRTPI, Head of Planning at Savills, said: “The finalists reflect the positive impact planning has on our communities and wider society across the UK, Ireland and internationally through exemplary projects, plans and people.”
The winners will be announced during a ceremony at the Barbican, London on 24 April 2019. Tickets to the ceremony are on sale now.
For a full list of the finalists, click here