David Lock Associates, Urban&Civic, Rugby Borough Council
The Houlton School project has fully realised the ambitions set for it: restoring the heritage of Rugby Radio Station and making it publicly accessible, creating a sustainable, distinctive and state-of-the-art school. An innovative and committed public/private partnership has created an iconic education facility in the heart of a new community, delivered on-budget and on-programme, almost entirely during a global pandemic.
Standing proud once again, not just as a preserved heritage building but as a vibrant, bustling school where children are learning and being inspired by how their school was part of our country’s most pioneering communications advances.
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Birmingham City Council, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design
The Smethwick to Birmingham Corridor Framework and Grove Lane Masterplan have been produced by an innovative partnership of Sandwell Council, Birmingham City Council, Homes England, West Midlands Combined Authority, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust and the Canal & River Trust. These stakeholders have come together to produce a shared vision for the major regeneration corridor between Birmingham and Smethwick. The framework sets a transport strategy and guiding development principles for the cross-border corridor. The Grove Lane masterplan provides more detailed proposals for the major regeneration site around the new Midland Metropolitan University Hospital.
Eldnar Consultancy (Eldnar Ltd) was established in 2019. They do not pretend to be a massive company, nor do they intend to be the biggest – just one of the very best out there.
Their aim is very simple – to work with a select number of clients at a time on a variety of projects in order to achieve their objectives in the most cost-effective, and timely, manner possible and if they cannot help you, they will say. You will not find a more effective, honest and tenacious, company to have on your side.
Birmingham is committed to achieving net zero carbon and delivering on its levelling up strategy. Planning is at the heart of achieving these aspirations and a number of significant projects across the city, led by planners, are shaping the City's post Covid 19 economic recovery, most notably, significant development at Perry Barr, kickstarted by the successful bid to host the Commonwealth Games, the redevelopment of Smithfield to form a vibrant expansion of the city centre, the regeneration of Digbeth and the continued success of the Enterprise Zone. Our Future City Plan will continue to drive change.
Nominated by Rebecca Farr
Alice produces exceptional outcomes across varied, complex projects. Her work shows skill, innovation, and a sophisticated grasp of planning in a public sector context, as well as commitment to delivering inclusive, sustainable growth which benefits Birmingham’s residents. Her approach is praised as exemplary by colleagues and partners, who also value her assured, personable approach, her logical yet creative problem-solving which makes her a great team worker, and her ability to drive and take personal responsibility for work. A role-model for Planners, for women, and for those starting their career in any sector, our profession is lucky to have Alice.