Schools Competition 2018
The RTPI North West launched its '2018 Schools Competition', aimed at GCSE and A-Levels Students with a deadline of 16 November 2018. This year's competition was linked to the high street and we invited students to submit ideas for what their local high street should look like in 2030. The competition brief can be downloaded here.
Town Planners are regularly asked to appraise high streets and advise on suitable uses and options for the high street. The brief was intended to give students an insight into one aspect of town planning.
We received an incredible 48 entries and the judging process has now taken place. Winners will be announced very soon.
Schools Competition 2017
Bree Livesey was the well-deserved winner of the 2017 RTPI NW Schools Competition. Two members of the Education, Careers and Mentoring Task Group, Tillie Baker and Jo Gregory, presented Bree with her award in January at The Grange Senior School, Hartford, Cheshire.
The competition was primarily aimed at GCSE and A-Level students and involved a site based exercise. Students were invited to submit their ideas for redeveloping a real-world brownfield site in Trafford, Greater Manchester.
Bree's regeneration proposal for Trafford Wharfside stood out due to her consideration of features to retain on site, and how to best integrate the site into the surrounding area. Her ideas were both innovative and practical, offering a detailed solution to a tricky site.
The judges commented, 'We are delighted to present the first prize in our 2017 Schools Competition to Bree Livesey. The judging panel was very impressed with Bree's ideas for how she would develop the site in Trafford. She thought carefully about how the development of the site could link to the surround area and provided some very creative suggestions for future uses including an E-sports facility, events space and community facilities, taking account of the site's industrial heritage.'
Abigail Tucker of Bishops' Blue Coat High School in Chester was awarded second place. Abigail is hoping to pursue a planning degree at Sheffield University starting in September 2018.
The award was presented by Jake Crompton, Education, Careers and Mentoring Task Group Leader.
Third place was awarded to four Year 9 students at the Kirkbie Kendal School in the Lake District who collectively prepared a redevelopment proposal for the site.
Congratulations to all students and we look forward to running the competition again this year.
Work Experience for Students
As a region, we think it is really important that we encourage the next generation of planning and environmental professionals from the 'grass roots', enthusing and helping to shape their professional development. If you can offer work experience to students between the ages of 14-18, please contact Bev Watson to join the directory of companies, councils and organisations who are able to offer placements.