Congratulations to our 2019 winners
Once again, we were thrilled with the quality and quantity of the entries submitted for this year's regional Awards for Planning Excellence. It was an exceptionally difficult task narrowing down a shortlist and coming up with the worthy winners and commendations.
Life Kitchen at the Lodge, Sunderland
Life Kitchen delivered its first cookery classes for cancer patients in June 2019 at The Lodge, Sunderland; its first permanent home. This was made possible through fundraising, public support and the work of local businesses, including planning consultants, architects and building firms, who donated their time and services to deliver the project successfully.
Lichfields secured planning permission and listed building consent to convert the Grade II listed lodge into a cookery school, working closely with Life Kitchen, the project team and Sunderland City Council to create an accessible, sustainable space of exceptional quality at the centre of the community.
Regional Chair, Sam Thistlethwaite comments - We were really pleased with the quality of this year’s entries and we thank all of those who submitted projects. The Life Kitchen won high praise from all of the judges that assessed it.
This scheme impressed the judges with way it addressed the some of the complex issues relating to the change of use and the conversion of a listed building.
The project turned a vacant and run-down listed building into a nationally significant project within Mowbray Park in Sunderland.
The scheme represents the UKs first permanent base for a building of its type that will provide a space for a Cookery school that aims to cater for the needs of cancer patients and their families by providing free cookery classes that are accessible to all.
Mitford Autism Unit - Entered by Medical Architecture
Mitford is a 15 person unit opened in November 2016, at Northgate Hospital. Commissioned by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, it provides a specialised service for adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders who have extremely complex needs and challenging behaviours.
The typical 18 month residential programme reflects this complexity, furthering understanding of individual's needs; treating conditions and ameliorating the effects of autism; transitioning individuals back to their local community, better able to live independently. The building secured the future of Northgate as a leading, specialised mental health hospital, offering services to people across the whole of the UK.
Land of Oak and Iron Heritage Centre - Entered by Gateshead
The centre is on reclaimed land in the green belt on the edge of a country park acting as a gateway to rural Gateshead, with access to the C2C cycle route, the Derwent Walk and the Red Kite Trail. It's part of the Land of Oak & Iron project by Groundwork NE & Cumbria, which explores and celebrates industrial, cultural and natural heritage of the Derwent Valley and surrounding area.
The project was supported by the National Lottery's Heritage Lottery Fund and the Rural Growth Network's Strategic Economic Infrastructure Fund, to complement investment from Groundwork and partner organisation, Gateshead Council.
Stephenson Quarter - UTC - Entered by Lichfields
The North East Futures University Technical College (UTC) opened in 2018 and marks a new chapter in the regeneration of the Stephenson Quarter, Newcastle. The UTC is a state-funded school open to all 14-19 students in the North East. It seeks to increase regional prosperity by filling the skills gap in the Digital Technology and Healthcare Science sectors.
Lichfields provides ongoing planning and heritage support for the Stephenson Quarter and obtained planning permission and listed building consent for the UTC inside 13 weeks. The scheme accommodates up to 600 students alongside a 6-storey Grade A flagship office building -providing 5,000sqm of floor space, supporting 300 FTE jobs.
Newcastle Eagles Arena - Entered by klr Planning Limited
West Mural Tower, Entered by Durham County Council