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Regional Awards

North East Regional Awards for Planning Excellence 2016 

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RTPI North East Planning for Excellence Awards celebrate outstanding planning practice in the Region. 

RTPI North East: restored stately home and gardens in Wynyard wins top award


The Wynyard Gardens and Visitor Centre, submitted by England Lyle Good, has won the top prize at RTPI North East's Awards for Planning Excellence 2016.

Wynyard Gardens and Visitor Centre is part of a wider £5.3m redevelopment of a Grade II listed historic stately home and hotel, it includes a new visitor centre, farm shop, £1.6m walled rose garden, and one of the North East's biggest glasshouses constructed on the site of an original 1840s greenhouse.

RTPI North East Awards Wynyard Winner

Martyn Earle, Chair of RTPI North East said:

"The Wynyard Gardens and Visitor Centre shone through as the outstanding entry in this year's awards. The entry demonstrated outstanding planning achievement with planners bringing together strong design, historic preservation and regeneration."

The other finalists recognised at the 2016 RTPI North East Regional Awards 2016 are:

2016 Chair's Award

RTPI North East STEM 1_Chairs Award

STEM Centre, Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough Council

A unique facility that brings together education, training and local businesses in one building in Middlesbrough. It will helps place the North East at the forefront of training and learning in the oil, gas, manufacturing and engineering trades.

2016 Commendation

RTPI North East Awards 2016 The Curve

The Curve, Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough Council

A state of the art, environmentally friendly building at the heart of the Teesside University Campus Heart Development. The £22m project signifies the commitment to the Teesside 2020 vision to be an international university with a reputation for academic excellence.

The RTPI North East Awards for Planning Excellence celebrate outstanding projects that demonstrate the power of planning. Entries reflect the diversity of planning achievement, whether in urban or rural areas, large or small in scale, involving new development, regeneration or conservation. Entries come from the public, private and community sectors.

Our winners on the evening;

Award winners

Other shortlisted entries considered were:

Yarm School entered by Yarm School and associated Architects

The Malings, Ouseburn enterest by Cundall

Other entries considered were:

The Woodlands, Shortley Bridge; Stockton High Street Regeneration; Acklam Hall Middlesbrough, Boho 5, Middlesbrough; Delhi Historic Parkland Restoration; Central Park, Darlington; Gateshead Hot Food Takeaway Supplementary Planning Document; Gateshead Surface Water (SuDS) Guidelines for New Development Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

The winners were announced at RTPI North East's Annual Gala Dinner and Regional Awards Presentation Evening in Newcastle on 7 October 2016. The event was sponsored by Barton Willmore, Bond Dickinson, Nathanial Litchfield and Partners, WYG and Northumbria Water.

Get involved: RTPI North East


Download a copy of the Awards guidance notes here

What do the Awards do?

The Awards celebrate the diversity of planning achievement, whether in urban or rural areas, large or small in scale, involving new development, regeneration or conservation, and whether promoted by the public, private or community sectors.

The Awards look beyond purely physical outcomes to recognise innovative plans, processes, techniques, information systems, programmes of community involvement and improvements to public services. All types of planning achievement are eligible for an award.

Chairs logoChair's Special Award 2016 - The importance of Delivery

In addition to the main annual award there will also be an award recognising the importance of delivery following plan making.  This can be the realisation of complex and detailed masterplans and strategic proposals or the detailed design of individual proposals to a standard higher than originally planned or envisaged.  We are looking to see evidence of obstacles overcome and flexibility within the delivery that ultimately resulted in a better final development.

Past Winners

  • 2015 Winner, Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan, Newcastle City Council and Gateshead Council
  • River Tees Barrage, the C2C Cyle Route
  • Hadrian's Wall Management Plan
  • Grainger Town
  • 1st Winner; 1986 Blyth Valley Council's Planning Committee Agenda

Who should enter?

Organisations submitting successful entries over the years have included local authority planning departments, regeneration partnerships, community groups, planning consultants, architects, landscape architects and developers.  Sorry if you were not successful last year, but why not try again this year. 

All types of planning work are eligible for an award, and entries can be submitted either by the organisation responsible for the work concerned, or by someone else. It is FREE to enter for a regional award, and entries can be submitted electronically.

A Presidential visit of award winners will be carried out with media coverage provided by the RTPI. The results of the 2016 Awards will be announced at the RTPI NE Annual Dinner on Friday 7th October, where commemorative certificates will be presented by the RTPI President, Phil Williams.  Book your place here

How to enter

Submission to the Awards is easy - there are no complicated forms, all we ask is that your response meets our guidance criteria and that your application form is sent to by Friday 6 May 2016. 

To enter, click here


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Past awards

Judges Report 2015

Judges Report 2013

Judges Report 2012


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