The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence are the most established and respected awards in the planning industry. They highlight exceptional examples of planning and celebrate the contribution that planners and planning make to society.
15 June 2017, Milton Court, Silk Street, London EC2Y 9BH
The format of the evening will be a welcome drink on arrival, the official ceremony and a networking drinks reception to conclude (canapes will be served).
***Please note that this event does not include dinner. The ceremony will be unreserved theatre seating. The dress code is Business Attire.
We are very excited to announce our 2017 Awards ceremony host Wayne Hemingway (MBE), Co-founder of fashion label Red or Dead and HemingwayDesign.
His offbeat upbringing (his dad is Billy Two Rivers, a Mohawk Indian wrestling champion who left the family when Wayne was three, and his mother was a stylish fashion guru who dressed him eccentrically and in various characters such as Elvis, Tarzan and the odd Beatle) created an affiliation with the 'unusual' – specifically fashion and design.
Starting out at a second-hand fashion stall in Camden market, Wayne's big break into housing design arose from a scornful piece he wrote for The Independent. Since then, his no-nonsense Northern directness partnered with his kooky punk style and instinctive working ethos have contributed to the enormous success of Red or Dead's controversially playful street style. The result? In 1999, Wayne sold his company in a multi-million pound deal, having created one of the strongest British brands of the 90s.
Shortly after, Wayne and his partner (in marriage and business) Gerardine set up HemingwayDesign, which has created affordable new build housing schemes, 'turned around' troubled estates, and instigated a host of impactful seaside regeneration projects.
Although he had studied Geography and Town Planning at University College London, Wayne had no experience of the construction industry. Working with house builder Wimpey in 2005 he created the Staithes South Bank, an 800-unit development In Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. This was the first in a series of award-winning building projects that includes: Dartford, Manchester, Maidenhead, Bournemouth, King's Lynn, Skelmersdale and Whitehaven.
HemingwayDesign, marketing arm HemingwayDigital, work with an impressive lists of brands that include: The National Trust, Coca Cola, John Lewis Partnership, B&Q, Sainsbury's, Sky TV, Sony, The Royal Mail, CafeDirect, Hush Puppies, DC Thompson, G Plan and The Caravan Club. HemingwayDigital is also able to offer graphic design work and branding expertise to transform corporate identities 'that strike at the heart of the customer base'.
The company extends into interior design: it has been involved in some notable projects including the former 2012 Athletes' Village, Flat 130 Balfron Tower and The Institute of Directors to name a few.
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