Six exemplary housing projects from across the UK competing for top planning award

Six housing projects will be competing for the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) prestigious planning awards this year.

A total of 61 finalists will compete in 13 categories that celebrate excellence in projects, consultancies and local authority teams.

Phil Williams, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said:

“The finalists highlight outstanding examples of planning that have made a positive impact on the local community and environment. The judges will find it difficult separating the finalists and choosing winners given the high calibre of entries this year.”

The housing projects are:

  • Chelmsford City Park West mixed-use redevelopment – located on the former Anglia Ruskin University Central Campus and includes the restoration of historical buildings for 219 dwellings, commercial space and a food store
  • North West Cambridge Development – development at Cambridge University for 3,000 new homes, research and teaching facilities, community facilities and public open space on a 150 hectare site
  • Hitchin Square, Parkside Housing Estate – regeneration of regeneration of 18 sites across Parkside Estate in Tower Hamlets
  • Allen Court Housing – redevelopment of a 60s housing estate in Ealing to provide 89 homes
  • Laurieston Transformational Regeneration Area – regeneration of a 13 hectare site in the Gorbals, Glasgow to deliver 459 new homes
  • Plymouth City Council’s Plan for Homes aims to ambitiously deliver 5,000 new homes over five years
  • Leigh Road Care Home – a bespoke designed specialist housing project for young adults with learning difficulties to encourage independent living, located in Islington, north London

Finalists 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.

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

“AECOM is proud to be a headline sponsor of this year’s RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. The finalists are a diverse mixture of outstanding examples of planning, which really demonstrate the impact the profession has on quality and delivery in the built environment.”

David Jackson, Head of Planning, Savills said:

“Savills is delighted to be a headline sponsor of the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. The finalists this year reflect the positive impact planning has on our communities across the UK, Ireland and internationally through projects, plans and people.”

The Awards ceremony will be held at Milton Court at The Barbican, London on 5 May 2016.