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Awards 2019

The RTPI West Midlands 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.

The winners of the awards were announced at the RTPI West Midlands Annual Ball and Awards Ceremony at the MacDonald Burlington Hotel, Birmingham on Friday 18th October 2019. It was a record year for entries, with 6 entrants shortlisted for the Planning for Excellence Award and 3 for the Young Planner of the Year award.


Winning entries

Planning for Excellence award - Churchman Thornhill Finch for The Green Heart, University of Birmingham


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The Green Heart was commissioned by the University of Birmingham to provide 5 hectares of  public realm at the heart of the campus, featuring 'movement corridors', seating areas, green areas, study areas and space for outdoor performances.

Chair of the judging panel and Vice Chair of the RPTI West Midlands Luke Hillson said of the project "Using the clock tower as the centre focus to organise and arrange a highly co-ordinated public realm, while ensuring that people and social interaction are the driving force behind the proposals, has resulted in a high quality project. The University of Birmingham now has a 'Green Heart' which undoubtedly lives up to its name."

Read more about our winner here.


Young Planner of the Year award - Kate Green MRTPI, Avison Young


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Kate has had a hugely positive impact on the planning world in the West Midlands; she is an ambassador of the RPTI through her work with the Young Planners Committee, Planning Ball Organising Committee and Regional Activities Committee; she is a builder of networks; and as the Co-Chair of Women in Planning West Midlands, is an avid promoter of diversity, equality and inclusion across the profession.

In the view of the judges, Kate has shown an exceptional commitment to the profession: she is an exceptional role model with an excellent understanding of planning, bringing a creative approach to many projects. She is driven and passionate about the work that she does and is a champion for inclusivity and diversity within the industry.


Chair's award - Ray Colbourne MRTPI Rtd


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Ray was a Team Leader in the Planning Casework Unit at the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, and was awarded an MBE for his public service in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Ray has contributed hugely to the West Midlands Regional Activities Committee, in particular to its CPD programme, being of invaluable help at each event and recognisable to all our members who have attend one! Ray will act as Honorary Treasurer for the region next year.


Shortlisted entries

The judging panel shortlisted 6 entries submitted for the Planning for Excellence Award and 3 entries submitted for the Young Planner of the Year Award.

We would like to congratulate the following entries who were shortlisted:

Planning for Excellence Award

  • Blythe Valley Park, submitted by IM Properties plc
  • Highworth, submitted by Spitfire Bespoke Homes
  • Lions of the Great War, submitted by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Meadway Phase 1, submitted by Wood
  • Student Futures Project, submitted by the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University

Young Planner of the Year Award

  • Ben Rayner, Lambert Smith Hampton
  • Rosalind Blewitt, Arup


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