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RTPI Centenary 2014

RTPI Centenary 2014

RTPI North West will be celebrating the Institutes Centenary Year by organising a series of special events and activities for this year.

Centenary Dinner (Friday 3 October, Hilton Manchester Deansgate)

Open to all members.  For more information about tickets of sponsorship opportunities, please speak to Bev Watson (  Champagne reception kindly sponsored by Kings Chambers.  Dinner kindly sponsored by IBI Taylor Young, Nexus Planning, e*SCAPE, No5 Chambers, GVA, Urban Vision Partnership Ltd, Wardell Armstrong and DLA Piper.  £650 +VAT for a table of 10 or £65 +VAT per individual place.

Centenary Presidents Reception (Thursday 2 October, BDP Manchester)

This invitation only event offfers the opportunity for public sector and third sector members to network with each other and to chat with the RTPI President.  This event is kindly hosted by BDP.

Members Centenary Reception (Friday 26 September, venue tbc)

All members will be invited to this special reception following the AGM on Friday 26 September 2014.  To be held at Chetham's School of Music.  Booking essential.

Centenary Debate Series

During 2014 the RTPI NW will be holding two Centenary Debates, looking at the big planning topics of the day and what they mean for the future of planning. They will bring together respected planning experts to debate the hottest topics of the profession, the series aims to create a professional debate with a touch of 'Fight Club' mixed in. We strongly encourage your participation in this as a lively and informal way of airing your views on planning.

The first debate looks at the future of heritage and we will be debating the idea that more modern buildings should be listed. Join us on the 1st May at County Hall in Preston to hear our informed panel debate this issue and to form your own opinion on our future heritage.  Details here

The last debate poses the question, should Urban Design survive as a core element of a planning system forced to balance increasingly competing land use demands?' Join us on the 27th November at the Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool  to air your views  on urban design and the planning balance.

Email Bev Watson ( to reserve your place at each or all of these events, turn up, enjoy refreshments, lend us your ears and your voices.

100km Centenary Bike Ride (plus a shorter distance for the less keen cyclist!)

A Centenary Bike Ride is currently being organised for members and their friends, families and colleagues.  The bike ride will take place on Saturday 14 June 2014 from Booths Park, Knutsford.  Register here.  This event is kindly sponsored by Barton Willmore and hosted by Bruntwood. 

Schools Competition

Tomorrow's City: How would you plan a new City for the next 100 years?   This is the first ever RTPI NW Student Competition, it is intended to provide a valuable experience for A-Level Geography students and a real taste of what it is like to work as a town planner.

The competition question not only provides students with an opportunity for students to think about planning, but it also can be used as a valuable teaching aid with elements of planning relating to population change and structures; resource consumption; health and well-being; development and sustainability.  This competition is kindly sponsored by NLP.

Centenary 5-a-side

This annual event is now firmly part of the footballing calendar.  Start thinking of your centenary related team name now! 

Centenary Spa Day (Thursday 10 April, Ribby Hall Village Spa Hotel)

The Centenary Spa Day provides the opportunity to network whilst relaxing.  £30 (incl VAT) for RTPI members and £36 (incl VAT) for non members.  Details and booking form here

Centenary Golf Day (Tuesday 2 September, Mottram Hall, Cheshire)

This Centenary Golf Day will include 18 holes of golf followed by a meal.  This is a fabulous opportunity to network and enjoy a game of golf with colleagues and friends.  Further details to follow shortly.  This event is kindly sponsored by Steven Abbott Associates LLP.  Details and booking form here

Young Planners Centenary Celebrations

The RTPI NW Young Planners invite you to enjoy an evening of drinks, networking and engaging debate with other young professionals to celebrate the Centenary of the RTPI.

Other Young Planners events that will be taking place throughout the year include: a Treasure Hunt, summer Picnic, Stockport Regeneration Walk, Urban Design Walking Tour and a Northern Hub Talk.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for any of the above events, please contact Bev Watson (