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2016 Awards

2016 Regional Award logoRegional Award for Planning Excellence


2016 Regional Award winner photoAt the Regional Gala Dinner and Award Presentation evening on 23 September 2016, the Panel were delighted to announce that  "Chelmsford City Park West", entered by Bidwells LLP and Pollard Thomas Edwards, were winners of this year's Regional Award.

Chelmsford City Park West is a mixed-use redevelopment on the former Anglia Ruskin University Central Campus in central Chelmsford and includes the restoration of a Grade II listed building and other historical buildings for homes and commercial buildings. Phase 2 is underway and comprises flexible retail/business uses and a new public square to frame the retained historic Law and Chancellor buildings.

Ray Houghton of Bidwells (left in photo) was presented with the Regional trophy and winner's certificate by the Regional Chair, Michael Hand (right in photo).

"This entry is an outstanding example of promoting city living and social integration"

Michael Hand said: "This entry is an outstanding example of promoting city living and social integration. It demonstrates how a major redevelopment of a historic site can be done in a sustainable way. The redevelopment of the station square and restoration of the grade 2 listed Quaker Meeting House is impressive. The project has re-invigorated the surrounding area and is providing open space in the city centre."

Highly Commended

Other shortlisted entries were:

Judging Panel

The Regional Judging Panel, Adam Banham, Martin Cahn, David Potter and Shaun Scrutton, were led by the Chair of the Panel, Paul Maison.

Sponsors of the Award Presentation Evening

Thanks to the headline sponsors, Bidwells and David Lock Associates:

  • Bidwells is delighted to be one of the headline sponsors for the RTPI East of England Gala Dinner and Award Presentation Evening. Bidwells is renowned for its commitment to high standards – both in developing its people and also delivering outstanding results for its clients – and very supportive of recognising excellence as in the 2016 Regional Planning Achievement Award.
  • David Lock Associates are delighted to be one of the headline sponsors of the Gala Dinner and Award Presentation Evening.  We have a long and established relationship with many people and places in the East of England and so we welcome the opportunity to celebrate the area successes.

Other sponsors of the Award Presentation evening were Beacon Planning, Carter Jonas and Countryside.

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