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Birkenhead Town Centre Regeneration, submitted by Stantec

The regeneration of Birkenhead town centre will transform the local community, generating sustained economic growth, delivering social value, environmental benefits and improving quality of life.

From the outset, the inter-disciplinary team focused on turning the prospects of the community around and found innovative ways to involve local people in the plans. By increasing opportunities for commercial growth and employment, creating new public spaces, and enriching health and well-being, Birkenhead town centre will become a place people can be proud of both now and in the future.

Image credit: Stantec


Building Foundations, submitted by Preston City Council

Building Foundations is an innovative service by Preston City Council and Calico Enterprise Ltd, which work in partnership, in liaison with developers, to optimise the social value impact and size of employment, skills, training, work experience, employer engagement and apprenticeship targets within Employment and Skills Statements. Outcomes of the wraparound service are monitored to ensure delivery, harnessing construction stage social value to improve economic inclusion. This includes for young people disengaged from mainstream education, by fostering relationships with local partner contacts, including UCLan, local colleges, the Skills Construction Centre, Preston Vocational Centre and the Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub.

Image credit: Preston City Council


Stockport Interchange, submitted by Stockport Council

Stockport has big ambitions.  This shows they can be delivered.  A modern transport hub, new park, new homes, new active travel links across the town have begun the transformation.

The partners – public and private – have worked together to ensure the deliver outstrips the vision.

The interchange – integral to the Bee Network – demonstrates GM’s vision for a London-Style transport system.

The park is unique in the UK and provides a green space for all in the borough to enjoy and sustainability is in the DNA is helping make Stockport the best place to live and work.


Aviva Studios, submitted by Deloitte LLP

Aviva Studios, the home of Factory International, is a landmark new cultural space for Manchester and the world.

Built with flexibility in mind, the design of the building is led by Ellen van Loon of the world-leading practice Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). Leveraging the site’s past as ITV Granada Studios and Manchester’s buzzing cultural scene, Aviva Studios boasts 13,250 square metres of ultra-flexible space that allows artists to make ambitious, never-seen-before work on a huge scale.

Deloitte led the planning process throughout, including stakeholder engagement and onwards to practical completion.

Image credit: Marco Cappelletti courtesy of OMA and Factory International


Cottam Hall, submitted by Homes England

The Cottam Hall project is a true testament to Homes England’s ability to create thriving, high quality communities through achieving a long-term vision, with collaboration and commitment throughout. The continued role of Homes England in the project from the extensive pre-application community and stakeholder engagement process, to securing outline planning permission, to the considered phased disposal has resulted in a highly desirable and sustainable place to live. 

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Redevelopment of the former Newton Community Hospital, submitted by Stantec

The project involves the redevelopment of the Former Newton Community Hospital, Newton le Willows for Torus 62 Developments Ltd.

Stantec worked closely with Torus 62 Developments, an affordable housing provider, to secure full planning permission for new affordable houses at the site of the former Newton Community Hospital, which included the conversion of a non-designated heritage asset and the provision of a new block of high quality apartments within the Green Belt.

Image credit: John McCall Architects


West Cumbria Pipeline, submitted by Lake District NPA / United Utilities

A multi-disciplinary, multi-agency, cross boundary infrastructure project to supply water to 80,000 homes and businesses in West Cumbria, delivered with a planning performance agreement at its heart, which brought together the applicant (United Utilities), three local planning authorities (Lake District National Park Authority, Allerdale Borough Council and Copeland Borough Council) and a wide range of expert advisers including Natural England, the Environment Agency and highways and lead local flood authority teams at Cumbria County Council. As well as being an exemplar of planning delivery the project had multiple direct and indirect benefits for the natural environment and water resource management.

Image credit: United Utilities