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North East Regional Awards

RTPI Regional Awards for Planning Excellence 2018

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The RTPI North East Awards for Planning Excellence celebrate outstanding projects that demonstrate the power of planning in our region. Entries reflect the diversity of planning achievement, whether in urban or rural areas, large or small in scale, involving new development, regeneration or conservation. 

Six finalists now shortlisted for our prestigious planning awards;

  • Barnard Castle Emergency Services Building - Napper Architects

    Barnard Castle Emergency Services Building co-locates County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service, Durham Police, North East Ambulance Service and Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue into new shared facilities. Led by the Fire Service this pioneering building is the first 'quad station' in the country creating a model for future collaborative projects. Working under the same roof allows the emergency services to develop a greater understanding of capabilities, priorities and working methods. It also facilitates more opportunities for joint training essential for effective co-operation when responding to emergencies.

  • Trilogy I, Gateshead Regeneration - Gateshead Council, Galliford Try Partnerships North and Home Group

    Trilogy I in Gateshead is part of an ambitious £350 million regeneration initiative designed to revive communities and kick start economic activity, whilst vastly improving the quality, and choice of mixed tenure homes in the borough.

    A quarter of the jobs and apprenticeships are filled by local people and 25% of contract spending is in Gateshead.

    Trilogy I has:

    • Provided 20 homes for shared ownership, 18 for affordable rent and 61 for private sale
    • Created 11 jobs for unemployed people and three apprenticeships
    • Hugely improved streetscapes, replacing pre-war semi-derelict houses and flats with striking new homes and communal gardens
  • International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP) Area Action Plan (AAP) - Entered by Sunderland City Council

    The IAMP AAP establishes the policy framework for the delivery of a world class international advanced manufacturing park on land to the north of the existing Nissan complex in Sunderland. 

    Prepared jointly by Sunderland and South Tyneside Councils, the AAP will facilitate the delivery of 392,000sqm of floorspace over a 150 hectare site for the advanced manufacturing and automotive sectors, creating approximately 7,850 jobs.

    The importance of the IAMP to the regional and national economy is recognised by its designation as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project and is key in the delivery of the North East LEP's Strategic Economic Plan.

  • The Urban Science Building, Newcastle Helix– Entered by Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University

    The Urban Sciences Building (USB) is a flagship building dedicated to cutting edge interdisciplinary sustainability research and is home to Newcastle University's School of Computing. Situated on Science Central, now known as Newcastle Helix, once the site of a colliery and later the Scottish and Newcastle Brewery, it is transforming the post-industrial area into a thriving quarter for digitally enabled research, business and innovation.

  • The Boiler House, Newcastle University – Entered by Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University

    The Boiler House has recently undergone a comprehensive refurbishment as part of Newcastle University's wider estates programme. The building originally housed the main boilers serving the other buildings on the campus and was acknowledged as 'the finest in the kingdom' following its completion in 1923.

    The refurbishment works follows on from the removal of the Emerson Cavitation Tunnel which was completed in 2016 and which enabled the building to be converted into a multi functioning events space.

    The works to the Boiler House and Armstrong Building have also seen improvements to the courtyard area between the buildings to improve accessibility.

  • Tree Top Village – Entered by IDPartnership

    Tree Top Village comprises a low-rise development of 75 apartments, retail and cafe space, together with 44 dwellings on an adjacent site. The accommodation is let at affordable rents via Your Homes Newcastle, and are available for over 55's or people with an assessed medical need. The development is based on the Professor Hans Becker / HAPPI principles, providing high quality accommodation with a wide variety of facilities for residents and local people to make use of, integrating older people with the wider community. The development is part of the ongoing regeneration of the Walker area.

  • Winners will be announced at the Annual Dinner on Friday 26 October
  • NEW for 2018 :Overall Winner automatically shortlisted to national Awards in London for 2019
What our last year's winners said

-          "Entering the RTPI NE Awards for Planning Excellence enabled us to really highlight the critical role of planning in infrastructure provision and to celebrate the first class partnership working that is being undertaken in our region to facilitate future growth. It was a fantastic opportunity to reflect on projects that encompassed planners, developers and infrastructure providers working together to support the North East economy." – Richard Warneford, Wastewater Director, Northumbrian Water

-          "We entered the RTPI North East Awards scheme to showcase the Seaham Harbour Marina Water sports Centre project and also to highlight the ongoing regeneration work that has been undertaken in Seaham over the last 20 years.  It also highlighted the high quality professionalism of the people that helped bring the project forward.  We were delighted to win the Chair's Award last October."  Durham County Council

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