Members of Team Look! joined our partners ImaginePlaces Ltd and the St Albans Civic Centre Opportunity Sites (CCOS) Development Partnership at the recent awards evening held in London. We had jointly been finalists in the category ‘Excellence in Plan Making Practice’ in the RTPI (Royal Town Planning Institute) Awards for Planning Excellence 2017. It was a very enjoyable event seeing so many people and excellent projects being celebrated and also a wonderful opportunity to bring so many of the people together who had helped to make the design charrette such a success.
The winner in our category was Pilot Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters Marine Spatial Plan (Scotland) submitted by Marine Scotland, Highly Commended Birmingham Development Plan (England) submitted by Birmingham City Council, Planning and Regeneration, a plan that will see 1,000’s of new homes. Full list of winners and details here http://rtpi.org.uk/media/2397976/rtpi_awards_for_planning_excellence_2017_digital_brochure_darya.compressed.pdf?dm_i=3ES5,GS3G,56E7YV,1SRTW,1
However this is not the end of the story! Team Look! have heard our joint entry has been put forward to RTPI East of England Awards. The closing date was the 5th June and the judging will take place during the summer http://www.rtpi.org.uk/media/2253170/2017_ee_award_criteria__summary_final.pdfwww.rtpi.org.uk/the-rtpi-near-you/rtpi-east-of-england/regional-awards/ Criteria to be found here http://www.rtpi.org.uk/media/2253170/2017_ee_award_criteria__summary_final.pdf
Vanessa Gregory Chair of Look! St Albans said “Although we didn’t win I am far from despondent though, as I feel being shortlisted by such a distinguished body demonstrates design charrettes are being taken notice of, seriously, by a wide range of professionals. I also believe our enjoyment of our shared endeavour shone through in our submission, planning does not need to be dull! It is also thrilling that we have been entered into the RTPI regional awards (East of England) we will have to wait and see if our entry is worthy of shortlisting in these awards.”
Angela Koch of ImaginePlaces Ltd said "This is great recognition of the work to date by all involved. Being hosted by the local community, our independence as professional team, and indeed, landowners that are open to the unknown outcomes of the design charrette, enables the results and trust this sort of design charrette is capable of generating. It's a new way of designing better places while speeding up the planning application process and starting construction work on site."
Images below of the evening are by courtesy of The RTPI, ImaginePlaces Ltd and Councillor Alec Campbell
RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2017 submission document can be read here