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Finalists for RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2015 announced

31 March 2015

RTPI Planning Excellence Awards Logo V5

Projects, people and plans from Belfast to Bridlington, Loch Leven to Lincolnshire, Craig y Deryn to Cambridge will be battling it out for the UK and Ireland’s prestigious planning awards.

The Awards for Planning Excellence have been run by the RTPI for over 30 years to recognise planning excellence. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at the Pullman London St Pancras on 6 July 2015.

This year’s headline sponsor is AECOM with other sponsors and supporters including Bilfinger GVA, The Planner, Planning Aid England and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Silver Jubilee Cup Winners 2014

A record number of entries have been shortlisted for the national awards, reflecting the very high calibre of submissions. The awards, which celebrate the very best in planning, will be strongly contested with a record 80 projects, consultancies and Local Authority teams competing across nine categories. The Silver Jubilee Cup is awarded to the project judged to be best out of all of the category winners (last year's winners pictured left).

Chairing the panel of 24 expert judges is the Rt Hon Nick Raynsford MP, Member for Greenwich and Woolwich and former Minister for Housing and Planning.

Janet Askew, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said:

“The shortlist reflects the very best planning projects, strategies and processes that are helping to make great places for people to live and work. The 80 finalists highlight exceptional examples of planning that have made an impact and brought considerable benefits. It will be a tremendous challenge picking individual category winners from such a high quality field.”

“The shortlist reflects the very best planning projects, strategies and processes that are helping to make great places for people to live and work. The 80 finalists highlight exceptional examples of planning that have made an impact and brought considerable benefits. It will be a tremendous challenge picking individual category winners from such a high quality field.”

Andrew Jones, Practice Leader for Design, Planning + Economics, EMEA at AECOM said:

“AECOM is proud to be this year’s headline sponsor of the RTPI’s Awards for Planning Excellence. The shortlist is a diverse mixture of outstanding examples of planning, which really demonstrate the impact the profession has on quality and delivery in the built environment.  We look forward to seeing which entries the judges select as the category winners.”

Nick Raynsford, Chair of the panel of expert judges, said:

“We have had an overwhelming number of entries for this year’s RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. The high calibre of the submissions is reflected in the shortlist which is extremely impressive and a credit to the profession. This is the first year I have chaired the judging and am looking forward, with my fellow awards judges, to determining which entries are the most outstanding examples of planning and selecting an overall winner of the prestigious Silver Jubilee Cup”

Projects on the shortlist have been recognised for their national contribution to planning and demonstrate how significant schemes can be delivered speedily through the planning and other consents systems. The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence comprises two parts, awards for projects and awards for people.

Book your place now. Tickets for this event, which have sold out the last two years, will sell out quickly. 

The full shortlist is:

Excellence in Decision Making in Planning

  • Green Park House Redevelopment, Bath
  • Hillington Park Simplified Planning Zone
  • Northern Line Extension to Battersea Power Station
  • Thames Tideway Tunnel a – engagement
  • Thames Tideway Tunnel b - (s.131/s.132 Certificates)

Excellence in Planning for Built Heritage

  • Baylis Old School
  • Delivering the vision for Dudley Town Centre
  • Grey Friars
  • New Museums Site
  • Plas Penyddeuglawdd, Rhyl
  • The Breaker’s Yard National Trust Sutton House, London
  • Watford Conservation Areas Management Plan

Excellence in Planning for Community and Well-being

  • Connswater Community Greenway Phase 1
  • GlenabbeySkeoge Residential Development
  • Junction 3
  • Oldfield Primary School
  • Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, Kingsbury
  • Ysgol Craig y Deryn / Craig y Deryn Primary School

Excellence in Planning to Create Economically Successful Places

  • Camley Street Incubator and Gateway Sites Regeneration
  • Belfast City Centre Regeneration Strategy and Investment Plan
  • Dun Laoghaire Harbour Masterplan
  • Old Market, Hereford
  • Park Royal Atlas
  • Thames Tideway Tunnel
  • Whiteley Town Centre

Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing

  • Chelmsford City Park West (Phases 1 & 2)
  • Glasgow Commonwealth Games - The Athlete Village
  • Hanham Hall
  • Hillington Square
  • One Woolwich, Greenwich
  • The Rise, Scotswood, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Trumpington Meadows, Cambridge

Excellence in Planning to Deliver Infrastructure

  • Bridlington Revised Bathing Waters Directive (rBWD) Scheme
  • The Cranbrook Way
  • The Exe Estuary Trail: A case study in promoting walking and cycling within a sensitive environment
  • National Planning Framework 3 & the Scottish Planning Policy
  • Thames Tideway Tunnel

Excellence in Plan Making Practice

  • Army Basing Programme - Salisbury Plain Masterplan
  • Birmingham Curzon HS2 - Masterplan for growth
  • Euston Area Plan
  • National Planning Framework 3 & the Scottish Planning Policy
  • Supporting Communities in Neighbourhood Planning
  • The Plymouth Plan
  • Whitechapel Vision Masterplan Supplementary Planning Document
  • Winsford Neighbourhood Plan

Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment

  • Connswater Community Greenway Phase 1
  • Delivering the ecological recovery of Loch Leven through the planning system
  • Hanham Hall
  • Lincolnshire Lakes Planning Applications

Excellence in Planning for the Public Realm

  • Clapham Old Town
  • Connecting Leicester- Old Town Regeneration
  • Eastern Promenade Regeneration Barry Island
  • Oxford Brookes University Masterplan
  • River Taff Central Link and Penderyn Square

Employer Award for Excellence

  • Bidwells, Developing our Future Programme
  • GVA, RTPI Graduate Training Scheme
  • Hunter Page Planning, Planning Matters Forum
  • Savills, Post Qualified Programme
  • WYG, Learning and Development Strategy

Local Authority Planning Team of the Year

  • Bath and North East Somerset Council
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council
  • Dudley Metropolitan Council
  • Elmbridge Borough Council
  • Peterborough City Council
  • Rochford District Council

Small Planning Consultancy of the Year

  • AKA Planning
  • Cundall
  • NTR Planning
  • Place Studio
  • rCOH
  • SF Planning

Planning Consultancy of the Year

  • AECOM
  • Deloitte Real Estate
  • GL Hearn
  • Iceni Projects
  • Indigo Planning

Young Planner of the Year

  • Ian Stevens, Senior Planner, Savills
  • Leigh Nicholson, Development Management Team Leader, Thurrock Council
  • Stephen Litherland, Group Planning Manager at Bellway Homes PLC
  • Viral Desai, Planning Consultant, Amec Foster Wheeler

 

For further information about this year's finalists click here and view 2014’s winners here.

Book your place here.