Winner: Whitehill & Bordon Green Loop & Wayfinding Project submitted by East Hampshire County Council
This is a large Green Infrastructure project that delivers against many objectives and delivered by partners, which has been critical to its success. This cycling and walking infrastructure has been delivered and designed to have a positive impact predominantly on health and wellbeing. The Green Loop – a 7km loop of paths that encircles Whitehill & Bordon is used by walkers, runners, and cyclists. The waymarkers, the totems, benches and blocks provide vital information, places of mindfulness and rest. Together, they are a key to encouraging residents and visitors to choose active travel in and around the town.
Commendation: Pioneering Places East Kent submitted by Five10Twelve / Creative Folkestone
Pioneering Places aimed to make East Kent an even better place to live, work and visit by empowering communities to engage with planning, planners, architects and placemaking through culture and heritage.Pioneering Places delivered outcomes focused on four different heritage sites in Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Ramsgate. Each of the sites had been abandoned, fallen into disuse or was otherwise not meeting its full potential for development, cultural or community use. Pioneering Places empowered communities to identify new uses for these sites and bring them to the attention of local authorities to bring them back into community use.
Samara Jones-Hall, CEO of Five10Twelve said, "Five10Twelve is delighted to have worked with Creative Folkestone and the project partners and funders in sharing the many success stories of Pioneering Places through CulturalPlacemaking.com and the accompanying advocacy programme, culminating in this commendation for the prestigious RTPI Award. This is a great testament to the communities of Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Ramsgate who were inspired by these magnificent heritage sites and empowered through arts and culture."