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Past Awards

North East Regional Awards for Planning Excellence  - Past Awards

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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. 

Congratulations to all those who entered this year's Awards. 

Once again we were thrilled with the quality and quantity of the entries submitted for this year's regional Awards for Planning Excellence.  It was an exceptionally difficult task narrowing down a shortlist and coming up with the worthy winners and commendations. 

OVERALL WINNER –The Urban Science Building (USB) – entered by Newcastle City Council and Newcastle University.

 The Urban Sciences Building (USB), Newcastle Helix 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.

Chair of RTPI North East, Ian Cansfield said:

"Partnership working was key to the Urban Science Building project, demonstrating best practice in planning. Led by Newcastle Council's planning officer, a multi-disciplinary team provided joined up responses to urban and landscape design, flood mitigation, and transport, to ensure quality design and place-making"

"With no other building like it in the country, the Urban Science Building is also at the heart of the digital revolution. The integrated labs are at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary research in urban design and technologies."

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 COMMENDATION AWARD -Trilogy I, Saltwell Road, Gateshead – Entered by GMBC, 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.

The judges commended regeneration initiative Trilogy I in Gateshead, which is, designed to revive communities and to kick start economic activity, whilst improving the qualit and choice of mixed tenure homes in the borough.

The long-term involvement of planners in the delivery of the scheme, including the region's Planning Aid team, was effective, said the judges.

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COMMENDATION AWARD - 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 the 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 floor space over a 150-hectare site.

The International Advanced Manufacturing Park Area Action Plan was also commended and recognised for its importance to the regional and national economy. Designated as aNationally Significant Infrastructure Project, the plan will facilitate the delivery of 392,000sqm of floor space over 150 hectares for the advanced manufacturing and automotive sectors, creating approximately 7,850 jobs


The Chairs Award this year was based on showcasing not only the great work that planners around the region are involved with but also particularly how those that are new to the profession are making their mark and being encouraged towards bigger and greater projects.  Therefore, this year Ian Cansfield was looking for those entries that showcase the work of newer entrants to the profession or have stepped up to the mark to encourage the involvement of those new to the profession.

We are delighted to confirm the Caitlin Newby from Hedley Planning won the 2018 Chairs Award.

Caitlin Newby


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