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Past Awards



This year we received 18 entries to our Regional Awards and shortlisted 8 schemes for site visits / presentations that took place on 5/6 September.  Although a difficult decision making process, the judges decided on the following category winners:

  • Creating Economically Successful Places:  WINNER: New Market Facilities, Preston, submitted by Frank Whittle Partnership Ltd in partnership with Preston City Council and Greig & Stehenson Architects.

Restoration of Fish Market Canopy and 1875 Covered Market Canopy and proposed new free standing Market Hall underneath existing 1875 Covered Market Canopy.

"When the panel visited we found an attractive 'European style', vibrant , well used facility which concentrates on a much improved food offer but also contains some of the more traditional market stalls.  What makes this scheme particularly effective is the creation of a contemporary glazed enclosure of some 1200 sq. m. in the central portion of the main building.

The scheme is regarded as "a catalyst at the heart of the city's priority regeneration area" and has already helped encourage other valuable schemes."

Preston Market 1        Preston Market 2


  • Housing Delivery: WINNER: Whyndyke Garden Village Healthy New Town, submitted by Cassidy & Ashton with the Whyndyke Garden Village Partnership Board

Whyndyke Garden Village Healthy New Town – 1,400 dwellings, 20 ha of employment land, two local centres, a primary school and open space.

"The Judges were impressed with the collaboration between the three local authorities of Fylde, Blackpool and Lancashire County Council together with Lancaster University and the National Health Service in creating innovative solutions to the challenging agenda they set to demonstrate how health and care services are at the heart of this new community."

Whyndyke 1   Whyndyke 2


  • Heritage & Culture: WINNER: The Ironworks, Backbarrow, Lake District National Park, submitted by Indigo Planning

Conversion of part-built failed live work development into a viable residential scheme including securing the long-term future of a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

"The Judges commented that in conservation terms this is an excellent project and the works to preserve and repair / consolidate have been well executed.  The Judges were impressed that the Developers and the Trust had carried out repairs to the Ironworks  in advance of occupation - this is commendable as they are often costly, time consuming and left to the end of the project."

Ironworks 1  Ironworks 2  Ironworks 3


  • Heritage & Culture Commendation:  Holford Hall, submitted by Leith Planning Ltd

The conversion of a barn on site for gourmet dining, catering school, wine tasting, small private gatherings and weddings.

"The Judges considered that this is a very good example of investing in a heritage asset to bring new life and commercial activity by introducing new appropriate uses."

Holford Hall 1   Holford Hall 2


  • Best Planning Policy Document: WINNER: Mayfield Strategic Regeneration Framework, submitted by Mayfield Partnership, Studio Egret West and Deloitte Real Estate

Preparation of a Strategic Regeneration Framework to govern the future redevelopment of Mayfield in Manchester City Centre.

"The Judges consider that the SRF, produced jointly with Manchester City Council, represents best practice and sets new standards in the preparation of policy documents to guide city centre neighbourhood-scale renewal."



Young Planner of the Year- Kirstie Hopcroft of Lichfields UK

 "The judging panel was impressed with Kirstie's contributionKirstie Hopcroft to planning in the North West demonstrated through her submission.  She is clearly a role model for other young planning professionals.  Her involvement and responsibility in some of the region's largest planning schemes should be applauded for someone early in their planning career.  The panel recognised Kirstie's role in continuing professional development and thought leadership through her involvement in drafting a paper assessing the role land promoters play in boosting housing land supply.  Kirstie has shown a commitment to planning in her own time through the RTPI 'Future Ambassador' programme and giving CPD to other young planners."