Shortlists for RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2014 announced

A record number of entries have been shortlisted for the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence, reflecting the very high standard of submissions this year. The awards, which celebrate the very best in planning, will be hotly contested with 63 projects, consultancies and Local Authority teams competing across ten categories.

Projects, people and plans from Birmingham to Beijing, and from Swindon to Stonehenge, will be battling it out for the UK and Ireland’s premier planning awards. Sponsors for the 2014 Awards include AMEC, Barton Willmore, British Land, GVA and the National Planning Forum.

Chairing the panel of 24 expert judges is Sir Terry Farrell, one the world’s leading architect planners. Sir Terry is also author of the recent Farrell Review, a UK government-commissioned review of architecture and the built environment.

Sir Terry said:

“The standard of entries to the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence is extremely impressive and a credit to the profession. This is the second year I have chaired the judging and I am proud to say that once again our shortlist reflects the very best planning projects, strategies and processes that are helping to make great places for people to live and work. It will be far from easy to pick individual category winners, but I am looking forward, with my fellow awards judges, to that exciting challenge. I anticipate celebrating some truly outstanding examples of planning.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at The Shaw Theatre in the Pullman London St Pancras on 23rd June 2014. The Silver Jubilee Cup, the UK’s top planning prize will also be presented on the night.

Cath Ranson, President of the RTPI, said:

“I would like to congratulate all of our shortlisted candidates and thank all those who entered the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. In this the RTPI’s centenary year I am delighted we are able to celebrate the contribution that planners and planning make to society, to the economy and to the environment, and highlight through these awards truly exceptional examples of planning. It is wonderful to see that there is a pride and confidence in the profession and its achievements which continue to bring forward these high quality and diverse submissions.”

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.

The categories for project are:

  • Outstanding planning to deliver growth & employment
  • Leading the way in planning for community
  • Excellence in planning and design for the public realm
  • Best planning for natural and built heritage
  • Exemplary planning to deliver housing
  • Innovative planning practice in plan making
  • Innovative planning practice in decision making

The categories for people are:

  • Planning Consultancy of the Year
  • Small Planning Consultancy of the Year
  • Local Authority Planning Team of the Year
  • Young Planner of the Year (shortlist to be announced later

The full shortlist is:

Outstanding planning to deliver growth & employment

Leading the way in planning for community

Excellence in planning and design for the public realm

Best planning for natural and built heritage

Exemplary planning to deliver housing

Innovative planning practice in plan making

Innovative planning practice in decision taking

Planning Consultancy of the Year

Small Planning Consultancy of the Year

Local Authority Planning Team of the Year

More information on the shortlisted entries can be seen here.

The Young Planner of the Year shortlist will be announced in April.