RESULTS 2021


PLACEMAKING CATEGORIES

Best use of brownfield land in placemaking

WINNER

WEST GREEN PLACE N17

Pocket Living

West Green Place was once a derelict, council-owned piece of brownfield land, and now it is a buzzing community. The new landscaped street has opened up access to the adjacent green space, Downhills Park, and the improved, bespoke, community facilities and new nursery meet the needs of local residents. Of the 126 new homes built, over 75% are affordable, giving local first-time buyers the chance to own a home. This 0.84 ha of land has been completely transformed, enhancing the urban streetscape and better serving the local community.

Shortlist

THE HORLICKS QUARTER

Berkeley Homes (Oxford and Chiltern) Limited

The site's rich history is very apparent in every turn of the development and all efforts have been taken to preserve the existing heritage assets and utilise them in the placemaking process to create a unique identity for the community to enjoy.

The proposed development has maximised a brownfield site in a sustainable location to deliver up to 1,300 homes. Care has been taken when developing the proposals to ensure it sits sensitively against both the heritage assets and the surrounding residential uses. Despite constraints with delivery, this development will still deliver much needed affordable housing for the wider community.

FINALIST

BOLLO LANE

TfL and JLL (Design Team: HOK and East)

This project is a true collaboration between TfL, Ealing Council, the Greater London Authority and local Design Review Panel. It has also been the subject of extensive community consultation which was commended by the ward Councillor as "very positive engagement".

It is a highly creative and contextually-sensitive scheme which will deliver transformative change to this part of Acton, including a very high proportion of genuinely affordable housing. The design-led, landscape-focussed approach will bring this neglected part of Acton back to being a vibrant part of the local community. It will be a place that people are proud to call home.

FINALIST

NORTHWICK PARK

PRP

The proposals are part of the wider Northwick Park masterplan. Originally, only site NH2 was to be developed. Through great foresight and an aspiration to transform the entire area and benefit the community, the project is now the culmination of 15 years of work leading to a collaboration of the four very different land owners. The collaboration has meant a sustainable, financially viable and inclusive new community and new place. It is because of this collaboration, perseverance and the desire to deliver a high-quality new community that benefits all the landowners and the community that this project deserves an award.

Award for mixed use development

WINNER

OVAL VILLAGE

Berkeley Homes (Central London)

This mixed-use scheme will transform the local area, taking a derelict site which turned its back on the community into a place for everyone. The landmark architecture of the restored gas holder will provide an identity for this part of Oval and create a place where people can live, work, shop and play, with the benefits of this new community extending far beyond the physical fabric. The +180% net biodiversity gain will re-green the harsh landscape and provide a more environmentally friendly way of life with thousands of cycle spaces and car free streets.

Highly Commended

CANADA WATER MASTERPLAN, LONDON BOROUGH OF SOUTHWARK, LONDON, SE16

Southwark Council, British Land and Transport for London (TfL)

This 53-acre Masterplan is the most significant mixed-use development to secure Planning in the capital for a decade. It's London's first new town centre in a generation, unlocking tangible benefits for existing and future communities through the delivery of affordable and private homes, offices and shops, and a level of public space, social and transport infrastructure and services and local investment on a scale commensurate with 'Opportunity Area' designation.

The plans were shaped through a five-year community engagement programme to maximise social value and to shape the physical elements of the Masterplan - generating significant support for the proposals locally.

Highly Commended

RUNNYMEDE BOROUGH COUNCIL AND PLACES FOR PEOPLE - MAGNA SQUARE

Agency: Places for People

Magna Square is a development that will benefit the local community hugely - as well as its provision of mixed tenure housing, the addition of new retail and leisure facilities will anchor this location as an important community hub.

The residential elements of this development will ensure that homes are accessible for a wide range of local customers. The homes will be offered for mixed tenure, with 28 affordable homes for rent and six shared ownership homes, as well as 23 properties for sale and 44 for open market rent, making it all accessible for the local population.

FILMWORKS, EALING, LONDON, W5

St George

St George is transforming a neglected area in the heart of Ealing into a dynamic new lifestyle quarter that realises the site's potential. Filmworks will offer contemporary homes as well as a place for the wider community to come together. The area's rich filming heritage will be skillfully interwoven throughout, including the restoration of key architectural landmarks. Filmworks will strengthen links with the past while offering new shops, restaurants, a cinema and performance spaces for the enjoyment of local residents and visitors. The result will be a one-off, imaginative space, as dynamic as it is culturally rich.

FINALIST

CORONATION SQUARE REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT

Avison Young & PTE on behalf of Taylor Wimpey and London Borough of Waltham Forest

Coronation Square makes a significant contribution to Leyton, enhancing the area's sport, leisure, and commercial offer alongside new, high-quality public realm and 750 new homes - half are affordable. The scheme represents excellent partnership working. Extensive consultation ensured the new facilities meet the needs of local people. It utilises publicly owned land to deliver the Council's largest ever scheme and contributes substantially towards the borough's housing targets while also boasting many benefits to the wider community. Its focus on healthy and balanced living - with exercise, child-care, healthcare, and generous public space on one's doorstep, is now more relevant than ever.

Award for community-led placemaking

WINNER

THAMES FUTURES SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Barking Riverside Limited

Thames Futures is a pioneering community-led social impact framework. It gives existing communities in Thames Ward the tools to measure whether growth and investment at Barking Riverside is leading meaningful social transformation. It aims to increase accountability, transparency and demonstrate best practice community collaboration.

BRL, the master developers at Barking Riverside, partnered with the Young Foundation and a team of locally trained community researchers to interview over 400 residents about their lived experience. This research created a bespoke social impact vision, a theory of change with evaluation metrics and a social impact baseline.

“The Community Vision”, a recently published document that outlines local people’s priorities for change with accompanying proposals from BRL, is now being utilised across the community. Seen by all stakeholders as an engine for positive change, The Community Vision is being fully integrated into BRL’s corporate plan, ensuring conversations about social impact are fundamental to all aspects of the development.

Highly Commended

COMMUNITY-OWNED WIND TURBINE

Ambition Lawrence Weston and Womble Bond Dickinson (UK)

Executive summary:

The 4.2 megawatt onshore wind turbine, at 150m, is believed to be the tallest onshore wind turbine consented in England. The project was delivered by the community for the community, and is expected to generate electricity to power between 3000-4000 homes a year and save over two tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. Profits from energy savings will fund the delivery of the development plan for the community of Lawrence Weston and there will be an on-site Energy Learning Zone for schools and communities. WBD initially advised ACE on a pro-bono basis before guiding ACE with the planning strategy and consent.

FINALIST

WOODHURST PARK, WARFIELD

Berkeley Homes Oxford & Chiltern Ltd

Woodhurst Park is a naturally inspired, landscape led residential development which provides a combination of exceptional homes and countryside living. The landscape led approach has evolved throughout the development transforming the greenfield site into a unique residential development. These green open spaces now form the backdrop to the regular community events run by the active Residents Association. Through the Community Plan which Berkeley has created, the events it has run and the formation of the Residents Association, the company prides itself on retaining Woodhurst Park's sense of place and ensuring that residents feel as strongly about it as they do.

Best use of publicly-owned land and/or property in placemaking

WINNER

TWELVETREES PARK, NEWHAM, LONDON (ALSO KNOWN AS STEPHENSON STREET OR AS STRATEGIC SITE S11 "PARCELFORCE")

Berkeley Homes (South East London) Ltd

TwelveTrees Park presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform underused industrial land into a lively and inclusive new neighbourhood that serves the local community.

Its architecture imparts a sense of place and character; the large choice of homes will suit a range of lifestyles, the new school fosters future talent. Commercial and retail premises throughout the scheme will create job opportunities and economic growth in the area. The vast quantum of public realm provides endless opportunities for walking, play, exercise and socialising.

TwelveTrees Park deserves recognition as a new sustainable community that is inclusive, dynamic and innovative.

Highly Commended

WOOD STREET FAMILIES AND HOMES HUB

Waltham Forest Council and Haworth Tompkins

The combination of high-quality architectural design, a new community facility offering streamlined services, and housing which is 50% affordable provides a far more comprehensive offering for this publicly owned land. This single building with shared entrance and lobby for all residents and tenures will meet the objective of a mixed, balanced and inclusive community. Cycle stores, a communal garden for use by all residents and a prioritisation of sustainability matters adds to the overall intention of this forward-looking development.

Highly Commended

BESSON STREET

Maccreanor Lavington

The project is a commendable use of a publicly owned site to deliver the following:

  • Much needed high quality new homes in Lewisham;
  • A range of additional benefits for the local community including a new surgery, community facilities and publicly accessible gardens;
  • Provide an exemplar private rented development that can be held up as best practice by the council in a borough where 25% of the residents currently rent privately;
  • Provide longer-term tenancies to give greater stability to renters;
  • Provide a high quality property management and maintenance service;
  • Provide properties which are let at affordable rents linked to local incomes.

FINALIST

BOLLO LANE

TfL and JLL (Design Team: HOK and East)

This project is a true collaboration between TfL, Ealing Council, the Greater London Authority and local Design Review Panel. It has also been the subject of extensive community consultation which was commended by the ward Councillor as �very positive engagement�.

It is a highly creative and contextually-sensitive scheme which will deliver transformative change to this part of Acton, including a very high proportion of genuinely affordable housing. The design-led, landscape-focussed approach will bring this neglected part of Acton back to being a vibrant part of the local community. It will be a place that people are proud to call home.

Award for partnership working

WINNER

MERCHANT SQUARE COMMUNITY KEEPS BLUE SPACE CLEAN

Merchant Square, Paddington

The future of our waterways and oceans with the impact of pollution is a major concern and jointly we are making a strong effort to do our part, inspire others to collaborate and continue educating. The focus for the long-term is to ensure the waterways are accessible for navigation, health & well-being and safe for biodiversity. In the last year approximately over 800+ hours have been committed by our team and more from our partners on canal clearances and together we want communities to understand the concerns and protect not only green but blue space for the future.

Highly Commended

PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN BERKELEY AND THE LONDON WILDLIFE TRUST AT KIDBROOKE VILLAGE, GREENWICH

Berkeley Homes (East Thames) Ltd

The successful partnership between Berkeley and the London Wildlife Trust (LWT) at Kidbrooke Village in Greenwich - the ambitious regeneration of a once-notorious estate - has ensured that the development will be left with 'more nature than before'. To meet the corporate commitment to achieve a net biodiversity gain at all new developments, Berkeley has drawn on LWT's expertise to create a natural park with varied habitats. This will not only increase biodiversity by 200% on completion of the regeneration, but is already providing wonderful natural and wildlife-rich parkland for residents and the wider community to enjoy.

FINALIST

REGENERATION OF COPLEY W7

Ealing Council and Broadway Living

Ealing Council has taken a pioneering approach to spiralling housing demand by setting up its own development company, Broadway Living, to provide the skills needed to deliver homes of different types and tenures. Broadway Living brings together specialist consultants across every aspect of housebuilding who work alongside their Ealing Council partners. Profits from home sales are reinvested in affordable housing; such has been the success of the first project, Copley W7, Ealing Council is investing 390m in Broadway Living to build 1,500 homes over the next six years.

An exemplar for other councils, the partnership is transforming housing supply.

FINALIST

DEVELOPMENT AT MONKS FARM, GROVE, WANTAGE

JMR Planning Law

The work was a discrete part of a wider planning application, but the initial lack of ownership of the BOAT meant there was no landowner to consent to the highway works, nor to make the application for deregistration of the common land, nor to consent to the highway works on the common land. Ultimately the team approach enabled a solution to be found, without which this strategic allocation would have been threatened. Additionally the work is quite unusual in nature and is deserving of a wider exposure demonstrating the benefits of a team approach to problem solving.

FINALIST

LUTON STREET AND FISHERTON STREET REGENERATION

Westminster Builds and Linkcity

Linkcity's placemaking, construction and development credentials are creating a development that can compete internationally in a crowded marketplace. Westminster's influence means that the delivery of the scheme is always underpinned by a community-first approach.

The partnership between Westminster Builds and Linkcity to deliver the Luton Street and Fisherton Street regeneration is truly exceptional; this is a scheme that is not only bringing new homes, community facilities and green space within its own red line but also unlocking the transformational regeneration of an entire neighbourhood as a result. This would not have been possible without the equal contribution of either partner.

Award for regeneration

WINNER

THE GLASS WORKS

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

The Glass Works is progressing during an era of radical change for the UK high street.

Rather than focusing on traditional shopping malls, BMBC's judiciously created a scheme that could evolve with market conditions. The concept of town 'anchors' - such as markets, libraries and cinemas to support shops and restaurants are now seen as crucial to a self-sufficient urban core.

Barnsley was at the forefront of this radical shift.

There are several elements to Barnsley's regeneration, but the primary driver for change is The Glass Works. This vibrant retail and leisure destination will see Barnsley thrive for generations to come.

Highly Commended

MALT STREET, OLD KENT ROAD, SOUTHWARK SE1

Berkeley Homes (South East London) Ltd

Malt Street is a major regeneration scheme which will transform largely underutilised land into a thriving, cohesive and family orientated neighbourhood. Up to 1,453 new homes will be created (40% affordable) while two acres will be for attractive open spaces. Its careful design will re-establish connections to the wider community and provide new pedestrian and green routes. As well as having a thoughtful and inclusive community plan, the regeneration will create shared benefits for the wider community such as jobs, retail and leisure opportunities. Malt Street will be a new neighbourhood where people will want to live, work and play.

Highly Commended

KRESEN KERNOW

Purcell

The project comprises the careful repair of historic buildings, combined with new, contemporary additions, to provide a new life and purpose for these previously neglected, characterful buildings. Kresen Kernow provides a valuable resource for the local community, that can be readily accessed and enjoyed by visitors from Cornwall and beyond.

The design of the building challenges the concept of an archive, by providing a new degree of public accessibility and interactivity, whilst acting as a catalyst for further development and investment in the town and surrounding area, which will bring further benefits to the local community.

FINALIST

PURFLEET CENTRE REGENERATION SCHEME

Purfleet Centre Regeneration Limited (PCRL) - a joint venture between Urban Catalyst and Swan Housing Association, in partnership with Thurrock Co

Purfleet Centre Regeneration Scheme will renew the physical and environmental quality of Purfleet-on-Thames and the economic and social wellbeing of its community, creating a place where everyone can thrive. This ground-breaking project will create up to 2,850 new homes alongside a world-leading film and television complex, an improved train station and bridge crossing, a new primary and secondary school, a health centre and other vital business and education infrastructure. It will open-up Purfleet-on-Thames' river frontage, create employment and educational opportunities and drive growth to create a place that thrives - transforming not just the place but the lives lived there too.

FINALIST

REVIVING WALSALL TOWN CENTRE

Arcadis and Walsall Council

Executive summary:

A future-proofed masterplan for the community - The masterplan proposes an ambitious vision to tackle the spiral of decline in the historic market town of a hundred trades' to create a healthier and more successful place that promotes localism, distinction and design quality. Amidst the most significant health and economic crisis of the 21st century, the masterplan is more applicable than ever. By laying a foundation for targeted diversification, a mixed and more sustainable economy, and placing well-being at the heart of regeneration, the masterplan and public realm strategy boldly set out a future-proofed vision for Walsall’s determined revival as a thriving destination.

FINALIST

PORT LOOP

Places for People and Urban Splash

The Places for People and Urban Splash JV was chosen to take Port Loop forward along with other statutory bodies who had committed to transforming and regenerating the area into a thriving waterside community. Together with designer Glenn Howells, the broader team sat down with planners to work out how this could be achieved; at the core of the Port Loop design principle is the creation of a new destination for all, which whilst providing a variety of new homes, also provides facilities that benefit the existing neighbourhoods in the area from day one.

FINALIST

HENDON WATERSIDE

Barratt London

Hendon Waterside is transforming a rundown post-war Estate, into a new community benefitting the entire local area. Landscaped communal green spaces allow traffic-free passage to the Welsh Harp from The Broadway for the first time, and the development's high-quality architecture creates a distinct character relating to both its urban and natural setting.

Homes at Hendon Waterside, awarded an 'Outstanding' Built for Life accreditation, have seen a 22% blended increase in value from 2014 to 2020.

All plans were subject to consultation with the West Hendon Partnership Board, a resident-led forum established to drive and influence the regeneration of West Hendon.

FINALIST

ROMAN FIELDS, TWECHAR

Places for People

Roman Fields is one of the first neighbourhoods to ever deliver the principles of 'Designing Streets', it's formed part of a case study by the Scottish Government which identified this development as a 'model of excellence' in terms of implementing Designing Streets principles and sustainable placemaking. Twechar is a diverse and flexible range of housing which has helped attract many new residents from a broad mix of social and economic backgrounds - people previously excluded from the housing market. The development is also making an impact thanks to its role in increasing the number of economically active residents through employment initiatives.

Award for best use of arts, culture or sport in placemaking

WINNER

THEATRE SQUARE AND NW2 PARTICIPATION BUILDING, IPSWICH

WGP Architects

The Theatre Square and new NW2 building should be celebrated as an extraordinary public / private partnership where the involvement of a key community stakeholder, the New Wolsey Theatre, and open minded approach of a private developer delivered a revitalised public space and new theatre Participation building. 

Both refurbished public space and new building have been designed to incorporate a high degree of accessibility and generally aim to inject a sense of inclusivity and vibrancy to an otherwise overlooked urban area in the middle of the city. 

The influence of the performing arts can be read in the design response with playful forms and materials that offer character, drama and joy to a hard-edged urban space adjacent to the town’s inner ring road. The building has already developed positive notoriety with locals and offers exciting new possibilities for the theatre’s operations and prominence within the community.

Highly Commended

BONNINGTON CAFE ON THESSALY

Vinci St Modwen (VSM)

Executive summary:

Proving that a kitchen can become the beating heart of a whole community, Bonnington Café on Thessaly saw the revival and restoration of an under-loved, under-utilised Community Centre into an affordable neighbourhood café, garden and learning space serving delicious, inexpensive food for everyone to enjoy. 

Truly accessible and welcoming, the café encouraged and enabled residents to spend time outside the home with friends, family and neighbours.

This community-centred, culturally-led approach to the development and use of spaces determined by local residents rather than dictated by wholesale regeneration agendas, ensured the creation of places truly loved and valued by local people.

FINALIST

ALTON SPORTS CENTRE & WHITEHILL & BORDON LEISURE CENTRE

East Hampshire District Council and Everyone Active

It's not every year that a council is able to open a high-quality leisure facility, but in 2020, amid an unprecedented health crisis and squeezed budgets, East Hampshire District Council with leisure partner Everyone Active opened two.

Alton Sports Centre opened in January 2020. The £20million state-of-the-art facility includes a six-lane pool, high-spec gym and climbing wall.

Work was underway on the Whitehill & Bordon Leisure Centre when coronavirus hit. The developers created a COVID-secure working environment, enabling the centre to open in November 2020.

These facilities play a vital role in keeping East Hampshire residents fit and healthy.

FINALIST

THEATR CLWYD

Haworth Tompkins

The hugely ambitious refurbishment of Theatr Clwyd is essential for the survival of this listed building, local employment and the provision of arts to north Wales.

A considerable amount of consultation has taken place with the local community, stakeholders, staff, actors and the visiting public during the design process.

By repurposing the existing building, the environmental impact is minimised; stripping back finishes to reveal the original structure, maximising the plan within the existing envelope and creating a new timber foyer. High sustainability standards are exemplar for other arts buildings undergoing transformation. This enterprising project will save this important cultural institution.

Award for best use of heritage in placemaking

WINNER

ADA BELFIELD CENTRE AND BELPER LIBRARY FOR DERBYSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL

Glancy Nicholls Architects

A welcoming and contemporary building enhancing its location, with facilities open to the wider community, this mix of residential accommodation for those living with Dementia and a new public library, breathes new life back into the former Thornton’s factory, situated within a UNESCO World Heritage site.

A building of quality, using local stone, responding to its context and re-using existing building fabric: enshrining the notion that care for the elderly is not something to be hidden away; the community asset of a new library; new civic space; and good use of brownfield land is a welcome addition to Belper.

FINALIST

TREVOR BASIN AND SURROUNDING AREA MASTERPLAN (NEAR LLANGOLLEN)

Arcadis (with Canal & River Trust in Wales, Wrexham County Borough Council, and Solutia (UK) Ltd)

The next chapter for this area, in a truly unique story spanning over 200 years and more, is based around decisive structural intervention. The masterplan presents a route-map for redefining visitor experience and accessing community benefits. Pontcysyllte translates from Welsh as the bridge that connects; through proposed interventions, the ambitious yet sensitive masterplan reconnects the World Heritage Site (WHS) and former industrial land with those communities originally created to serve it.

The masterplan articulates environmental, economic and social wellbeing benefits supported by strong stakeholder and public engagement. Sensitive yet catalytic proposals will result in a transformational step change in how the area is used and experienced by local people and visitors alike that balances the needs and desires of all whilst safeguarding the Pontcysyllte and Canal World Heritage Site.

FINALIST

THE HORLICKS QUARTER

Berkeley Homes (Oxford and Chiltern) Limited

Through sensitive restoration and working collaboratively with key stakeholders we have been able to redevelop a previously underutilised brownfield site, restoring the factory and creating a unique identity for the Horlicks Quarter.

The restoration of Grief and the original lettering and their inclusion within wider scheme, and the cleaning of the chimney, demonstrates the extent to which Berkeley Homes will go to preserve and restore heritage assets, acknowledging their importance in quality placemaking.

Once the development is complete with its beautiful landscape with rich links to its history, this will be a truly unique place to live, work and play.

FINALIST

MARIAN PLACE GASHOLDER SITE, BETHNAL GREEN

St William Homes LLP

Executive summary:

Led by the retention of two Victorian gasholders and exceptional architecture by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, the redevelopment of the Marian Place Gasholder site in Bethnal Green will balance preservation and transformation. This transformation will mirror that of the wider Regent’s Canal Conservation Area, which has evolved from a thriving industrial and commercial corridor to a space that supports recreation, ecology and wellbeing whilst continuing to showcase some of London’s most significant industrial heritage.

The form of the proposed buildings derives from the historic use of the site with five faceted buildings, two of which are located within the existing gasholder guide frames. As its custodian, St William are committed to providing public access to the site, including a substantial stretch of the Regent’s Canal, for this first time in more than 150 years.

FINALIST

DIGITAL HOUSE

K2 Architects

“Baltic Creative CIC gave K2 a very demanding brief for Digital House. A tight budget, a Victorian Warehouse, derelict for more than 30 years and a fast delivery programme. Their approach to our scheme was creative but practical. When challenges arose, they worked hard to find cohesive, affordable and deliverable solutions which retained the integrity of the initial design. K2 are great to work with and our tenants are delighted with their fantastic new home”.  -  Mark Lawler, Managing Director, Baltic Creative CIC

Award for promoting economic growth

WINNER

WELLCOME GENOME CAMPUS EXPANSION, HINXTON, SOUTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning service

The Wellcome Genome Campus is a major UK asset, with 2,500 people working on site at the cutting edge of genomics and computational biology.

Committed to promoting economic growth, Greater Cambridge Shared Planning service officers and planning committee members have worked exceptionally and proactively to carefully consider and grant outline planning permission, outside of the current Local Plan process, to expand the campus, accommodating over 4,200 new jobs and homes for workers.

Expansion means the campus can flourish and support the UK economy alongside Wellcome's mission to use science to solve the urgent health challenges facing everyone.

WINNER

STREETS FOR PEOPLE, PONTEFRACT

Nash Partnership with Wakefield MDC

Executive Summary:

The work had community consultation at its heart alongside a robust means of indicating potential improvement to health and the backing of practical knowledge of urban design principles. Using a SfP scoring system we tested various options to see how improvements to the street would benefit people’s health.  These included creating places to sit or cross the road, providing SuDs and trees and anticipating improvements to air quality due to a reduction of vehicles. The preferred design for a new public realm increased from a SfP baseline of 50 to 71.  The process of scoring will also be undertaken following the project’s realisation to test the real life scenario. In addition to consultation, the SfP indicators and scores encourage confidence in the success of the scheme that is critical to future engagement from the public and stakeholders as the project progresses.

Highly Commended

RYDE NICHOLSON, ISLE OF WIGHT

RCKa Architects

Ryde Nicholson Innovation Park is a unique masterplan that proposes an infrastructure to support jobs and economic growth in the Isle of Wight. It responds confidently to the very specific challenges of an edge-of-town site and creates an environment which is well integrated into the sensitive landscape setting and wider area. Every step of the development has been inspired by the outstanding rural setting to create an attractive and unique place that will be highly valued by users-  both those of the park itself, and from the surrounding community.

FINALIST

UNIT DY, BY SCIENCE CREATES, BRISTOL

Nash Partnership and client Science Creates

The project combines planning, evidence, engagement, creativity and innovation. Bristol's science sector has been constrained by a lack of suitable premises and planning policy removing protections on employment land. Nash and Science Creates secured planning permission in 2016 for Unit DX before subsequently appraising sites and rapidly securing Unit DY in 2020.

Collaborative working was expanded to involve the local community, in helping deliver Neighbourhood Plan objectives, and the local planning authority. Planning permission was rapidly secured and Unit DY is underway to make an important contribution to growth of the local economy and regeneration of Bristol's Old Market area.

Award for best housing scheme (500 homes or more)

WINNER

GREAT KNEIGHTON

Countryside

Leaving a legacy of the highest quality public realm, a vast array of community facilities and superbly designed buildings, Great Kneighton is a '20-minute neighbourhood' offering 2550 new homes, 49 hectares of public open space, 3050 sqm of retail space, two new schools, a community building, a health centre, sports pitches and play areas. The extent of the social and green infrastructure delivered is crucial to supporting the new homes, 40% of which are tenure-blind affordable housing, providing much-need housing for the local community, boosting the economy, and supporting Cambridge Biomedical Campus' expansion.

Highly Commended

WHITE CITY LIVING, WHITE CITY

St James Group Ltd

White City Living aims to address the needs for residents living at the development and the broader community of which they are a part of. An ambitious approach to sustainability is recognised throughout the development. The quality of architecture has been designed to a high environmental standard and a key focus is making homes more energy efficient. By moving all maintenance servicing and facilities underground has enabled the new public park to be car-free, designed around the needs of people and nature.

At White City Living, St James is creating an exceptional place for people to live, work and relax.

FINALIST

ROCHESTER RIVERSIDE

BPTW

Our work as planning consultants on Rochester Riverside has helped transform a derelict plot into a high-quality development with 1,400 new homes. Building on the success of current phases, our latest phases provide a range of much-needed community facilities and continue a vital emphasis on generous, public space.

The scheme creates a place where people can live, work and socialise, enabling everyone to enjoy riverside living adjacent to one of Kent's most exciting tourist destinations. As a practice, we have worked on this scheme for over 10 years, and we're delighted to continue to be part of its future.

FINALIST

BERMONDSEY MASTERPLAN

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Executive summary:

A dynamic build-to-rent neighbourhood for Grosvenor Britain & Ireland. The development meets local priorities for jobs and homes and will revitalise the area, encourage enterprise, and re-establish Bermondsey as a thriving economic hub delivering a lasting social and economic legacy.

The striking contemporary design is infused with history and well-integrated with the wider area. The masterplan focusses on well-being, to create excellent living conditions, a lively and varied public realm, and shared outdoor amenity space that will foster stronger communities.

The development is being built to stretching standards to meet the climate emergency, utilising retrofit and materials innovation to achieve net zero targets.

FINALIST

NANSLEDAN

ADAM Architecture

As a 218 hectare urban extension to Newquay, Nansledan is one of the most ambitious development projects in the UK and is on course to become an exemplary, mixed use and sustainable extension to the town - unmistakably Cornish in character and tailored to local community needs. Alongside the integration of affordable housing, Nansledan provides community facilities, public space and many employment opportunities, strengthening the local economy and its social infrastructure. As a genuine mixed-use sustainable development, Nansledan will meet residents' daily needs, and will be distinctive as a place but evocative and closely related visually to the wider town.

Award for fostering a healthy high street

SOUTH DRAKE STREET AND SOUTH PARADE PSICA IMPROVEMENT SCHEME, ROCHDALE HERITAGE ACTION ZONE

Purcell and Rochdale Borough Council

The South Drake Street and South Parade PSCIA Improvement scheme aims to create a strong vision for the area, securing properties so that this historic gateway will become a pioneering area for town centre living - with a new focus on the town's emerging leisure and cultural heritage sector. Rebalancing the town centre will introduce new uses for vacant sites around Drake Street through urgent repairs, fostering a healthy high street though a mixture of residential and leisure uses to ensure that it is an attractive place to live, work and visit.

FINALIST

SG1

PRP

SG1 will breathe new life into the UK's first new town, building on its important mid-century heritage. It provides a range of new town centre uses and public spaces to make Stevenage a destination. A new public sector hub at its heart will provide a meeting place for the community. New characterful residential neighbourhoods will bring vitality and significant consumer spending to boost the economy. Improved pedestrian and cycle links will make Stevenage easier to access in a more sustainable way. The proposals provide a once in a generation improvement to Stevenage and provide a confident outlook for its future

FINALIST

ST CATHERINE'S COLLEGE, OXFORD GRADUATE CENTRE AND ACCOMMODATION

Purcell

Set within Arne Jacobsen's original college campus, this is a multi-faceted project which anchors the graduate student community: first, an extension to existing accommodation pavilions, and second, a new standalone Graduate Centre. It deserves an award because:

- Constrained in the green belt and flood zone

- Design enhances and preserves historic setting, by reflecting the articulation of the existing buildings' forms and functions

- Flexible twenty-first century study and social spaces for students

- Fully accessible design

- Maximises development potential of constrained site

- Enhances the unique character of the site, adding to the quality of the area

- Provides exemplar buildings

Award for design excellence

WINNER

KRESEN KERNOW

Purcell

The project comprises the careful repair of historic buildings, combined with new, contemporary additions, to provide a new life and purpose for these previously neglected, characterful buildings. Kresen Kernow provides a valuable resource for the local community, that can be accessed and enjoyed by visitors from Cornwall and beyond.

The design of the building challenges the concept of an archive, by providing a new degree of public accessibility and interactivity and provides a catalyst for further development and investment in the town and surrounding area, which will bring further benefits to the local community.

FINALIST

ST CATHERINE'S COLLEGE, OXFORD GRADUATE CENTRE AND ACCOMMODATION

Purcell

Set within Arne Jacobsen's original college campus, this is a multi-faceted project which anchors the graduate student community: first, an extension to existing accommodation pavilions, and second, a new standalone Graduate Centre. It deserves an award because:

- Constrained in the green belt and flood zone

- Design enhances and preserves historic setting, by reflecting the articulation of the existing buildings' forms and functions

- Flexible twenty-first century study and social spaces for students

- Fully accessible design

- Maximises development potential of constrained site

- Enhances the unique character of the site, adding to the quality of the area

- Provides exemplar buildings

FINALIST

BOLLO LANE

HOK/East/Mott MacDonald (Client: TfL)

Through our design-led, landscape-focussed approach we will bring this neglected part of Acton back to be a vibrant part of the local community. It will be a place that people are proud to call home, prioritising people, safety, social interaction, and healthy choices.

The design reimagines a street to be fully active, purposeful and generous. It will be home to a vibrant live work community through the provision of 50% affordable homes while providing a tangible step to addressing the fragile future of our making industry, showcasing local made craft and goods, which can inspire the next generation of makers.

FINALIST

NEW STREET SQUARE BRIDGES

WilkinsonEyre

The two New Street Square Bridges address in their design, the planning and installation challenges presented by the central London location. The inclusive concept of a three-way switchback ramp, combined with two flights of steps, creates continuity of floorspace between buildings and nurtures a more social and collaborative working environment.

The strength of monocoque construction enabled a solution that meets both the desire for a lightweight appearance, and the requirement for road clearance. Externally, the bridges provide visual coherence to the campus and an interesting new landmark for The City of London.

FINALIST

ZEST, 200 STOURBRIDGE ROAD, STOURBRIDGE, WEST MIDLANDS, DY9 7BU

Ruskin Properties Limited

Zest is of exemplary design quality, creating a unique building within the immediate and wider area. The development will raise the design standards of the area generally. This will provide a positive legacy with long-lasting impact and inspiration for future developments to be of a high standard.

The building is vibrant in its appearance combining the use of traditional Staffordshire blue brick with contemporary green glazed bricks. The building will form a distinctive landmark highly visible from the main road and railway line. The scheme will redevelop a degraded site benefitting local people through environmental improvements and delivering new homes.

FINALIST

BEACHCROFT HOUSE

PRP

Beachcroft House comprises 31 private sale homes, a new state-of-the-art 84-bedroom care home and a generous community room for local residents. The site is one of eight, identified to support Westminster City Council's Specialist Housing Strategy for Older People Programme (SHSOP).

On a prestigious street in Maida Vale and on the edge of a conservation area, the development is sensitively designed to 'repair' the urban grain with an exciting architectural response.

The development sets a precedent in developing high-quality housing in a prime residential area that will also provide essential funding for care home developments.

Award for best housing scheme (fewer than 500 homes)

WINNER

L&G HOUSE, KINGSWOOD - CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY BY INSPIRED VILLAGES.

Avison Young (planning consultant) and Haworth Tompkins (project architect).

Inspired Villages and its consultant team has worked tirelessly to prepare the optimum redevelopment scheme for this particular site, comprising the high quality reuse of a vacant Grade II* listed office complex within the Surrey Green Belt into a later living community. The high quality redevelopment will ensure the sensitive conversion and reuse of a nationally listed heritage asset which would otherwise remain vacant and uncared for. It will create much needed specialist accommodation for older people, with extensive supporting facilities and new parkland to serve both residents and the local community, creating significant physical, environmental, economic and social benefits.

FINALIST

EDENBROOK VILLAGE

Berkeley Homes

With extensive green open space and landscaping alongside recreational and community facilities at Edenbrook Village, Berkeley has created an impressive new community with first-class homes of unique architectural styles, that appeal to all varieties of buyers.

The 82-acre country park and subsequent leisure facilities including a new leisure centre, sports pitches and a BMX pump track are enhancing the quality of life of the local community, whilst communal features such as community gardens provide an inclusive environment for residents.

Sustainability has been made paramount by enhancing existing natural habitats, whilst remarkable architecture will ensure longevity of the homes for residents.

FINALIST

TREVETHOW RIEL, TRURO.

Agency: Places for People, ZeroC

Executive summary:

Trevethow Riel has created a new community for a wide range of residents, in a great location close to Truro. The development has been thoughtfully designed in a Georgian style to provide 21st century homes with large gardens, high quality fittings and spacious rooms. Every detail has been considered carefully to make living here fulfilling and enjoyable.

Alongside its close proximity to useful amenities, helping residents to shop locally and sustainably, the inclusion of the Square is a huge asset placing social interaction at the heart of the neighbourhood.

FINALIST

CAMPBELL WHARF

Bidwells

Campbell Wharf has created a vibrant and unique development, transforming an underwhelming canal side location. The scheme includes 383 new homes, a nursery, pub, retail and commercial units, public open spaces and a short-stay marina.

Extensive pre-application engagement and partnership working was involved with this scheme, with all development partners supporting the final proposal and 86% support for the overall scheme at a public exhibition event. This site has been an impetus for growth, improving the viability of surrounding undeveloped land, and the scheme has also unlocked the start of the new Bedford to Milton Keynes Waterway.

FINALIST

54 BISHOPS AVENUE

Pilbrow & Partners

54 Bishops Avenue is an arts and crafts inspired residential development. Providing 30 new homes, the proposal brings a long-derelict site back into use as a sustainable, multi-unit community, with the restored locally listed Oak Lodge, a 1930s villa, as its centrepiece.

The Bishops Avenue has long suffered from neglect due to its high proportion of large, vacant properties. Analysis revealed a correlation between dereliction and property size, suggesting smaller houses and apartment buildings enjoyed higher rates of occupancy. Our plans will provide apartments that are secure, well insulated, and easy to adapt to the changing circumstances of residents.

FINALIST

SHERECROFT FARM, BOTLEY

HGP Architects Ltd

Executive summary:

A contextually driven solution and a natural extension to Botley, not only provides a strong mix of types and tenures (which itself creates a diverse community) but also opens parkland to the wider public to explore. Sherecroft creates defined character areas, influenced by the former farming use of the land and historical interest and visual cues to the centre. Naturally surveyed streets, with positive frontages and strategic planting areas, give verdant edges to the scheme, allowing dwellings to sit within the landscape and back drop of mature trees. Combining the above creates a thriving, healthy and prospering place to live.

FINALIST

PORT LOOP

Agency: Places for People and Urban Splash

From the outset, Port Loop has been about more than providing new homes. It demonstrates successful planning and regeneration by connecting new residents with the existing community in providing shared spaces and experiences.

The effort of Urban Splash and Places for People is significant; it has already impacted on the Midlands economy, establishing a wide range of job opportunities for local people during the construction process and with ongoing roles plus community and leisure hubs.

The scheme ensures diversity and accessibility with many ways to buy including outright ownership, Help to Buy, shared ownership and rental options.

FINALIST

ALFOLD GARDENS, ALFOLD, SURREY FOR Q-DEVELOPMENTS

John Pardey Architects

We applaud the ambition for high-quality, bespoke, contemporary architecture that takes its cue from the Surrey vernacular and consider that this development has many attributes that could make it an exemplary housing scheme.

We are supportive of the structure and the layout of the streets and blocks and the way that the development picks up key walking and desire lines in an attempt to knit this development into the fabric of Alfold village.

From the Design Review report by Design South East

PLANNING CATEGORIES

Award for plan-making

WINNER

THE GILSTON AREA NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN (GANP)

URBAN Silence

Executive summary:

This is a unique Neighbourhood Plan: it sets policies for a development of 10,000 new homes- the first in the country to do so. This was a great challenge for a small community group: the plan had to have robust evidence and go through a rigorous examination with a very experienced QC. The Plan will have gone through Referendum just weeks before the awards will be announced.

Our work demonstrates the positive contribution communities can make. Winning the award would allow us to share with other communities the lesson learned (dialogue, a tight focus on what matters, pragmatism, pace, etc.) and provide a positive case study to the Government localism and beauty agenda. More than anything, it will help to make the development the best it can possibly be.

Highly Commended

SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN CENTRE MASTERPLAN

Client: Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council) Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design with SQW, The Retail Group

Agency: Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design

FINALIST

NANSLEDAN

Agency: ADAM Urbanism

As a 218 hectare urban extension to Newquay, Nansledan is one of the most ambitious development projects in the UK and is on course to become an exemplary, mixed use and sustainable extension to the town - unmistakably Cornish in character and tailored to local community needs. Alongside affordable housing, Nansledan provides community facilities, public space and broad range of employment opportunities, strengthening the local economy and its social infrastructure. As a genuine mixed-use sustainable development, Nansledan will meet residents- daily needs, and will be distinctive as a place but evocative and closely related visually to the wider town.

Planning permission of the year

WINNER

CANADA WATER MASTERPLAN, LONDON BOROUGH OF SOUTHWARK, LONDON, SE16

Agency: Southwark Council, British Land and Transport for London (TfL)

The 53-acre Canada Water Masterplan is the most significant mixed-use development to secure Planning in the capital for a decade. It's London's first new town centre in a generation, unlocking tangible benefits for existing and future communities through the delivery of affordable and private homes, offices and shops, and public space, social and transport infrastructure and services and local investment on a scale commensurate with 'Opportunity Area' designation.

The plans were shaped through a five-year community engagement programme to maximise social value and to shape the physical elements of the Masterplan - generating significant support for the proposals locally.

Highly Commended

SNOWDONIA VISUAL IMPACT PROVISION (VIP)

National Grid

A pioneering landscape enhancement AND major construction project delivered in a National Park/European site. It comprises complex developments, above and below-ground, impacting on terrestrial and marine-estuarine environments; involving diverse permitting legislation/regimes.

Two authorities worked collaboratively and virtually during challenging circumstances. The intensity and energy of stakeholder engagement / public consultation has been exceptional. This enabled unanimous approval of a project that will directly result in the transformation of both the landscape character and visual amenity of a National Park - setting a benchmark for collaborative working, constructive engagement and flexibility in planning for decades to come.

FINALIST

FAWLEY WATERSIDE

Deloitte Real Estate

Fawley Waterside will achieve the following objectives:

  • A partnership between the LPAs, the Waterside communities and a range of landowners and statutory consultees;
  • Preserve and enhance the natural beauty of the National Park, Solent coastline and New Forest SPA;
  • Create an exceptional quality of built and natural environment and a truly sustainable community;
  • A walkable and cyclable community with a range of transport choices;
  • A healthy environment with opportunities for recreation and education;
  • A strong economy providing jobs for local residents supporting the marine industry;
  • Support local food production and traditional industries;
  • Overall delivering a significant net environmental gain.

FINALIST

L&G HOUSE, KINGSWOOD - CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY BY INSPIRED VILLAGES.

Agency: Avison Young (planning consultant) and Haworth Tompkins (project architect).

Avison Young devise a comprehensive and robust planning strategy to secure the comprehensive redevelopment of a vacant Grade II* listed office complex within the Surrey Green Belt into a later living community. The high quality scheme prepared by Haworth Tompkins will ensure the sensitive conversion and reuse of nationally and locally listed heritage assets which would otherwise have remained vacant and uncared for. The development will create much needed later living accommodation for older people, with extensive supporting facilities and new parkland to serve both residents and the local community. The development will create significant physical, social and environmental benefits.

FINALIST

GRAHAME PARK ESTATE

Agency: Inner Circle Consulting, hgh Consulting and Patel Taylor on behalf of Notting Hill Genesis

Executive summary:

This exceptional turnaround Estate Renewal permission that fulfilled a big promise made to residents 15 years ago, with flying colours:

- 1,300 home uplift

- Increase in open space and private outdoor space for every resident

- Full reprovision of social rent housing and 50% affordable housing

- New homes meet the rehousing needs of existing residents (Only Move Once principle)

- New neighbourhood high street with shops, cafes, flexible workspaces, community centre and nursery (15 minute neighbourhood)

- New bus services

- Transformative investment programme of socio-economic activities and community wellbeing

- A great, inclusive, and health new community that has support of over 79% of residents.

Award for stakeholder engagement in planning (plan-making or pre-application)

WINNER

SHAPING THE HEART OF NOTTINGHAM WATERSIDE - TRENT BASIN

Agency: Deetu (on behalf of Blueprint)

A once in a lifetime opportunity to shape the urban regeneration of Nottingham's waterside led to a revolutionary, digital-first stakeholder engagement exercise that increased meaningful participation by 1500%.

Rather than being constrained by the COVID-19 pandemic, sustainable developer Blueprint took the opportunity to rethink the traditional engagement methodology, providing a truly inclusive, anytime, and anywhere consultation using real community evidence to influence its design.

The use of innovative, interactive tools, combined with powerful data analytics, and an emphasis on youth-friendly content ensured that a remarkably diverse audience, including those seldom heard, was consulted during a multi-stage, irrefutably transparent engagement campaign.

FINALIST

DRAFT NORTH EAST CAMBRIDGE AREA ACTION PLAN CONSULTATION

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning

Our consultation on the draft North East Cambridge Area Action Plan embraced an ambitious digital and non-digital approach to community engagement, harnessing a wide range of methods of engagement and technology in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dynamic graphics and videos for social media enhanced communication of the vision and our Q&A webinar series engaged several hundred people. Receiving over 4,000 comments, the consultation engaged a broad reach of the community across Greater Cambridge, providing valuable insight into community priorities, challenges, and concerns, which are now shaping our Pre-Submission North East Cambridge Area Action Plan.

FINALIST

FIRST CONVERSATION ISSUES AND OPTIONS CONSULTATION

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning service

Our Greater Cambridge Local Plan 'First Conversation' Issues and Options consultation embraced an ambitious and innovative approach to consultation, reaching over 6,000 members of the community at face-to-face events and over 300,000 through digital methods of engagement. Our flagship Big Debate event at the Cambridge Corn Exchange saw eight community groups share their ideas about the future of Greater Cambridge area in front of a capacity audience. We received thousands of responses to the consultation and are building on the priorities they expressed, to create an ambitious, climate-focused Plan for Greater Cambridge.

FINALIST

A WHOLE-TOWN ENGAGEMENT: SOUTHPORT TOWN INVESTMENT PLAN

Sefton Council, Turley (consultant) and Stand Up For Southport

Executive summary:

Southport was shortlisted for the Towns Fund with the prerequisite that its community would be instrumental in shaping an investment plan. The project being entered is the 'whole-town engagement' that informed this plan. This was successfully delivered during 2020 with Covid-19 requiring an innovative approach to virtual engagement.

The consultation resulted in over 7,000 individual pieces of feedback, engaged 1,000 young people, created positivity and boosted investor enquiries. This was the largest recorded response to a single consultation in the town. The engagement also helped unlock funding for priority community projects which are now on-site and creating social value.

FINALIST

DUNTON HILLS GARDEN VILLAGE SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING DOCUMENT

HTA Design LLP and Brentwood Borough Council

The co-design process adopted in the development of the Dunton Hills SPD was a highly innovative and interactive process utilised as part of an evidence gathering process. The findings of the engagement process are not only reflected in the SPD, but have shaped the production of the design guide from its onset. The continued collaboration with the various stakeholders, rising to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, has ensured that the SPD reflect the aspirations of the community and will ensure the development of an exemplar garden village which truly reflects the aspirations of the community.

Award for planning consultancy of the year

WINNER

INNER CIRCLE CONSULTING

Inner Circle Consulting

We're driven by a progressive vision to improve cities and towns so all people may thrive. We apply First Principles thinking to the urban challenges of today and tomorrow, like supporting Council's to Route to Zero projects to address climate emergencies as well as creating high-quality housing for seniors and most vulnerable people.

In 2019/20 we pushed ourselves to deliver more radical projects that deepen our impact in quality of place and improve the economic and social wellbeing of the communities we serve. This year, we're proud to be celebrating 10 years of innovation in the planning, regeneration, and placemaking.

Highly Commended

ARCUS CONSULTANCY SERVCIES

Arcus Consultancy Services

Arcus planning team supports and enables some of the biggest renewable energy projects. From the world's largest offshore windfarm to the UK's biggest solar farm, we are at the forefront of transformational change. Our teams face new challenges with every project; providing innovative solutions to meet all the requirements of the Planning Authority. We embrace new and novel technologies in our work and our expert team is trusted by the world's leading infrastructure developers and operators. As a small team we thrive on complex challenges and seeking out innovative, world-class planning solutions. Winning this award would be a great achievement.

FINALIST

HTA DESIGN - PLANNING TEAM

HTA Design

HTA Planning works at the forefront of some of the most challenging types of housing delivery models, such as modular construction and infill development. The team's work takes place across a variety of scales and stages in the planning process, which come together to ensure the right land comes forward to support communities and contribute to long term social value. The team have a deep understanding of how planning and design can have a positive impact on communities and contribute to the creation of great places for people to live and thrive within, which is embedded within HTA's core ethos.

FINALIST

DELOITTE REAL ESTATE

Deloitte Real Estate

Our submission looks at some of our recent highlights. Being successful on these projects and our wider initiatives, we believe, makes us one of the leading planning consultancies in the UK. We are at the forefront of innovation, technology, delivering for clients, and most fundamentally, creating better places. Our supporting information also highlights the positive feedback we have received from clients and third parties. Many of the examples we have set out within our submission resonate across several of the different criteria for the award and we believe make us a strong contender for Planning Consultancy of the Year 2021.

Award for use of digital technology in planning

WINNER

CONNECTING LEEDS - COVID ACTIVE TRAVEL RESPONSE

Agency: Commonplace

Since May 2020, Leeds City Council has been engaging with local people using the Commonplace community engagement platform. They wanted to understand what interventions can be put in place to make residents safer throughout the pandemic. The Connecting Leeds Covid-19 Transport response reached over 20,000 unique visitors who left over 29,000 contributions throughout the course of 2020. This data was then used to inform decision making on Leeds’ transport strategy and has led to an extra 100km of cycle paths being added across the city to make communities safer and healthier as we build back better

Highly Commended

COMPLEX CITY: LONDON'S CHANGING CHARACTER

Agency: Allies and Morrison

This research and associated publications have had a significant impact on planning policy in London. The work underpins the new London Plan's approach to design and means each London borough must undertake a character study to inform future growth.

More than this, it is fundamentally shifted the way character is now being considered in planning. By demonstrating the value of mapping the layers of character through the work, this approach, and GIS as a tool in this, is now being embraced across London boroughs.

Highly Commended

VIRTUAL PLANNING TEAM BASINGSTOKE AND DEANE COUNCIL

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

The award entry recognises and celebrates how a team of individuals across services can come together and find ways to adapt, embracing digital technology and finding solutions, leading to a revolution in how we deliver our services, with public participation at its heart.

This submission recognises that, if innovation can be achieved within a challenging context, as a planning service and organisation we are capable of being leaders in delivering the MHCLG's Digital Planning Reform.

LICHFIELDS - BUSINESS AS (UN)USUAL ONLINE RESOURCE: HTTPS://LICHFIELDS.UK/BUSINESS-AS-UN-USUAL/

Lichfields

In April 2020, Lichfields launched a unique online resource to help those involved in planning navigate the early months of COVID-19 lockdown, when rapid changes to working practices were needed to keep the planning system moving. The free-to-access website Business as (un)usual - included, as its centrepiece, an interactive GIS map and survey, tracking how Local Planning Authorities (LPAs) across England, Wales and Scotland were delivering planning functions in response to the restrictions on normal life. We partnered with PAS to support data gathering. By its close, 95% of all Councils were included and it was accessed over 14,000 times.

FINALIST

BEDFORD BOROUGH COUNCIL CALL FOR SITES

Blue Fox Technology Ltd

Opus is an online consultation, interactive mapping and public engagement system managed by planners through a browser-based administration and web publishing system.

For Bedford planners the use of Opus facilitated greater public engagement than previously achieved at this stage of Local Plan preparation and ensured continuity of service for the planning team who were remote working during challenging times.

Being web-based Opus provides 24/7 access to the planning system and to relevant maps, documents, forms and data as and when required by the public, elected members and other stakeholders.

Planning law firm of the year

WINNER

THE BERMONDSEY PROJECT, A SCHEME BY GROSVENOR BRITAIN & IRELAND.

Planning and Environment team at Ashurst LLP

We advised on every stage of the planning process and used our strong links with the GLA and Southwark to streamline the s106 negotiations.

We actively monitored changes in law and policy and comparable projects in Southwark and Greater London and applied this detailed insight to every aspect of the project. This meant that the scheme was responsive to its legal and policy context and commercially acceptable; ensuring successful recovery by the Mayor and the grant of a challenge-free permission (without appeal) which is both planning policy compliant and deliverable - as evidenced by Grosvenor's start on site.

FINALIST

CANADA WATER MASTERPLAN, LONDON BOROUGH OF SOUTHWARK, LONDON, SE16

Agency: Herbert Smith Freehills

Canada Water was one of the largest planning permissions granted in the UK in 2020.

We helped British Land secure a flexible permission supported by a 600+ page planning agreement that will deliver huge local community benefits.

Permission was granted at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. We had to pivot quickly to the challenges of virtual working to avoid delays to the project, which frequently required our team to go the 'extra mile'.

Defeating a judicial review without a full hearing demonstrates our ability to manage risks and deliver exceptional outcomes for our clients on their most ambitious projects.

FINALIST

BDB PITMANS

BDB Pitmans

This work deserves an award because it is of national significance and also a first of its kind with many novel features. It involved navigating many difficult issues relating to land, regeneration and environmental impacts within a complex legal regime. The nature of the work is the handling by a single law firm of the full development consent process from beginning to end.

FINALIST

WINCKWORTH SHERWOOD'S PLANNING TEAM FOR HELPING MAKE THE UK'S BIGGEST REGENERATION SCHEMES HAPPEN. IN PARTICULAR THE REGENERATION OF THE YORK

Winckworth Sherwood

FINALIST

DENTONS PLANNING TEAM: ALTERNATIVE HOUSING SOLUTIONS

Dentons UK and Middle East

Our submitted projects are all making the most of existing towns and refocusing centres are places with a diversity of age, tenures and affordability.

They demonstrate the contribution our mixed skill set of viability negotiation and review structuring, planning and highways agreements, appeal strategy and Hearing advocacy, Community Infrastructure Levy and knowledge of alternative residential tenures to meeting housing needs on previously developed land with modular build programmes achieving accelerated delivery.

They are projects we are proud of - because they represent obstacles hurdled and problems solved, which are meeting needs and leading the way.

Award for planning for affordable housing

WINNER

BANCROFT ESTATE, TOWER HAMLETS

Fraser Brown MacKenna Architects

Working in partnership with a diverse community, navigating the challenges of the lockdown, we secured consent for 33 high quality council homes and a new community centre. Responding to the 'new normal' each home offers adequate space for home working and home schooling. The design is a 'good neighbour' in every sense, offering high quality place to live for new residents whilst limiting impact on surrounding properties whilst enhancing the surrounding landscape for the enjoyment of all. This is the first council-led scheme to incorporate Air Source Heat Pumps in one of the first boroughs to declare a Climate Emergency.

Highly Commended

FRIARY PARK

Mount Anvil & Catalyst

Catalyst and Mount Anvil are organisations with extensive experience in creating tenure-blind housing developments that create a legacy for the future and this takes time and care. More than five years has been spent in planning The Verdean, the new name for Friary Park, to ensure that it will enhance the lives of existing residents and the local community, while being built and maintained with sustainability at its heart. The huge amount of genuine consultation that has taken place, along with a willingness to adapt and improve plans to meet the needs and aspirations of stakeholders, sets this development apart.

FINALIST

WESTBURY ESTATE, LONDON SW8

St James Group Ltd

Westbury provides an excellent example of how collaboration and flexible thinking can deliver significantly better planning outcome, particularly for local communities.

St James has built a very positive working relationship with LB Lambeth through developments on the Albert Embankment and Vauxhall City Farm. It was the success of Vauxhall City Farm that paved the way for an alternative affordable housing solution to be sought in this case.

The benefit of early provision of high quality new homes for existing residents cannot be overstated. It has greatly assisted LB Lambeth's estate regeneration and reassured residents they are central to regeneration plans.

FINALIST

COPLEY W7

Broadway Living

Ealing Council has taken a pioneering approach to boost the provision of affordable housing by setting up its own development company, Broadway Living, whose specialist consultants bring the skills needed to deliver homes of different types and tenures. Profits from private sales fund additional affordable homes.

Its first major regeneration project is Copley W7, which will provide 280 new homes in a range of tenures and refurbish a further 554 council-owned properties. Its success is such that Ealing Council is investing 390m in Broadway Living to build 1,500 homes over the next six years, primarily for social or affordable rent.

FINALIST

NEW ERA ESTATE, HACKNEY

Dolphin Living

When Dolphin Living acquired New Era the residents' flats were not fit for purpose, with problems with damp, inadequate fire escapes, no lifts and no suitable areas for children.

Dolphin consulted with residents, who were given a significant say in their future homes and how they wanted to live.

Without the overwhelming vote of support from the residents, the redevelopment would not be possible.

Award for planning for the natural environment

WINNER

WARBLINGTON FARM NATURE RESERVE AND HAVANT BOROUGH COUNCIL'S MITIGATION PLAN FOR NUTRIENT NEUTRAL DEVELOPMENT

Havant Borough Council

Executive summary:

This project has shown original thinking, swift action and true multi-disciplinary partnership working to not only deliver a solution to planning needs, but a genuine addition to the Solent's ecological landscape and a new asset for residents. It enables development, and will educate the public about their local, world-class coastline.

In addition, particular attention has been paid to effectively communicating a complex, emotive subject. Considerable effort was applied to ensure that messages could be easily relayed to the public in numerous ways. Developers were provided with a gamut of materials to help them understand and engage effectively with the solution.

Highly Commended

BERKELEY GROUP NET BIODIVERSITY GAIN TOOLKIT

Berkeley Group

Berkeley Group is very proud to have led the industry on net biodiversity gain and laid the path for it to become a national legal requirement for all sites.

Over the last year we have used our Net Biodiversity Gain Toolkit to design a further 10 sites across London, Birmingham and the South of England.

In total our net gain strategies are set to deliver more than 480 acres of new or measurably improved natural habitats, helping to ensure that we leave behind more nature than before we arrived.

FINALIST

EDENBROOK VILLAGE

Berkeley Homes

Set within its newly created 82-acre country park, Edenbrook Village is a shining example of carefully planned development where natural environment is prioritised. Sharing a joint vision, Berkeley has worked closely with Hart District Council, Natural England and the local community to create an environment where residents and wildlife are in harmony.

The space provides a wide range of valuable amenities for existing and future communities, connecting people and nature, improving wellbeing and enhancing biodiversity. It is a huge transformation from the low-grade farmland and flood plains that stood here before, demonstrating how homebuilding can be a force for good.

Award for planning for increased housing delivery

WINNER

HOUSING DELIVERY IN GREATER CAMBRIDGE

Greater Cambridge Shared Planning service

Executive summary:

The Strategic Sites team facilitates the delivery of sustainable new development in Greater Cambridge (Cambridge City and South Cambridgeshire) by leading on pre-application and post-decision discussions and discharge of conditions on major sites. In overseeing the delivery and implementation of three new settlements, several other strategic sites as well as associated strategic and ancillary infrastructure, the team contributes to the delivery and implementation of sustainable new communities on a nationally significant scale. By maintaining good relationships with our applicants, members and the community, we have consistently delivered outstanding housing developments that have stretched the boundaries of good design and innovation.

Highly Commended

ROOFTOP AND INFILL DEVELOPMENT AT ANTONY AND RODERICK HOUSES, SOUTHWARK

HTA Design LLP and Apex Airspace

Executive summary:

While HTA and Apex's research focused on the potential for rooftop development, the practice in successfully getting this scheme approved highlights how challenging traditional approaches to housing delivery can work on existing sites without loss to existing homes and communities.

Therefore, this is an excellent project which ties research, practice and resident engagement on the potential for increasing delivery of housing through rooftop and infill development.

Left out of the council's estate regeneration plans, this project will help to bring a building up to date while delivering much needed new affordable homes and benefits to existing residents.

FINALIST

94-98 ST ALBANS ROAD, WATFORD

Berkeley Homes (North East London)

Executive summary:

The collaborative planning approach has allowed for the re-use of previously developed land for the delivery of 1,214 new, high quality homes across a variety of tenures, alongside the creation of new jobs. It demonstrates that extensive technical analysis and partnership working can optimise housing delivery on sites which have historically been identified for much lower housing numbers, whilst maintaining exemplar design. The project highlights the results of Local Authorities and Developers working in partnership to maximise the delivery potential of sites, particularly in sustainable locations around key transport hubs, through appropriate analysis, mitigation and infrastructure delivery.

FINALIST

NORTHSTOWE PHASES 2 & 3 PLANNING AND DESIGN, ARCADIS AND TIBBALDS

Arcadis Consulting (UK) Limited with Tibbalds Planning & Urban Design

Executive summary:

The work entered for the award is our collaborative planning approach for Northstowe, bringing together the planning and design teams of Arcadis and Tibbalds with Homes England, and working constructively with the Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Unit. We have supported the acceleration of delivery of 8,500 homes of the new town, with main infrastructure provided and first homes soon to be occupied. Northstowe is planned to be healthy, sustainable, resilient to climate change, working towards net zero, comprising local facilities, jobs and services as well as being well connected by sustainable transport to the opportunities of the Cambridge sub region.

Award for stakeholder engagement in planning (planning applications)

WINNER

THE BERMONDSEY PROJECT

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

This approach goes beyond determination of an application. It's genuine and comprehensive, with intensive efforts over many years to ensure Grosvenor plays a positive part in Bermondsey long-term.

Five local stakeholders who spoke in support of the proposals, and especially Grosvenor's approach, at City Hall in February 2020, are testament to this:

"I can say without a doubt that they have been more passionate and involved in the local community that any other developer we have dealt with."

The approach epitomises the ambition of the new London Plan and Government's planning reforms, to meaningfully involve & build trust with communities.

Highly Commended

OUR TOWN HALL - MANCHESTER TOWN HALL AND PUBLIC REALM REFURBISHMENT FROM RIBA 2 ONWARDS

Agency: Purcell Architecture Limited, lead-consultant, on behalf of the entire OTH Team

Purcell are leading a collaborative, multidisciplinary team for the £330 million refurbishment of the Grade-I Listed Manchester Town Hall. This will transform the building back to its former civic glory, conserving public treasures, improving access and transforming the visitor experience.

Our approach to engagement and active participation deserves recognition for grounding the development of the civic heart of our city in a transparent democratic process. Through governance, clear objectives, stimulated thinking and informed decision-making, each strand of this complex project is informed by local experts, volunteers, communities and end-users. Our iterative engagement dialogue ensures Our Town Hall exists for everyone.

FINALIST

SNOWDONIA VISUAL IMPACT PROVISION (VIP)

National Grid

The Snowdonia VIP project is unique in the transformational environmental and social impact it will have on the landscape of the Dwyryd Estuary in Snowdonia and the communities of Penrhundeudraeth, Talsarnau and Minffordd.

It is complex, but multiple stakeholders nationally and locally asked for it, worked with National Grid and its professional team to shape it, changed it significantly through their input, and ultimately supported it wholeheartedly through planning- latterly during a global pandemic.

Stakeholder engagement was at the heart of the project throughout: the trust and collaborative working methodology established are an exemplar for large-scale complex development.

FINALIST

ARDING & HOBBS, CLAPHAM JUNCTION - W.RE & CASCADE COMMUNICATIONS

Cascade Communications

The importance of Arding & Hobbs as a local landmark in Battersea, coupled with the closure of Debenhams, highlighted the need to deliver the project quickly; not least because the future of the High Street and how to regenerate post Covid 19 is entirely prescient. Despite significant challenges faced as lockdown began, our solution was to run two rounds of consultation, using both traditional engagement and innovative digital techniques. Our campaign resulted in significant backing for the project, securing 30 supportive comments on Wandsworth's planning register. Councillors unanimously approved the project at Wandsworth's Planning Applications Committee meeting in November 2020.

FINALIST

TWELVETREES PARK, NEWHAM, LONDON (ALSO KNOWN AS STEPHENSON STREET OR AS STRATEGIC SITE S11 'PARCELFORCE')

Berkeley Homes (South East London) Ltd

FINALIST

CAMPBELL WHARF

Bidwells

Campbell Wharf has created a vibrant and unique development, transforming an underwhelming canal side location. The scheme includes 383 new homes, a nursery, pub, retail and commercial units, public open spaces and a short-stay marina. Extensive pre-application engagement and partnership working was involved with this scheme, with all development partners supporting the final proposal and 86% support for the overall scheme at a public exhibition event. The consultation set a benchmark in Milton Keynes for how public consultations should be conducted and helped reinforce positive perceptions of the planning process and what it can achieve.

FINALIST

ELEMENTS EDINBURGH CONSULTATION

Lichfields

The aim of the project is to create a unique Scottish 'digital community' which will provide a blended live-work community environment. In a changing world, now more than ever the focus needs to be on the inclusivity and adaptable to meet the needs of the community. Elements Edinburgh is a key example of how the engagement of stakeholders has been embedded at the heart of the application process to create a well-connected, sustainable environment that encourages the integration of living and working.

Award for local planning authority achievement

WINNER

HARLOW DISTRICT COUNCIL

THE EDITOR'S AWARD

WINNER
TEST

THE GILSTON AREA NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN (GANP)

Executive summary:

This is a unique Neighbourhood Plan: it sets policies for a development of 10,000 new homes- the first in the country to do so. This was a great challenge for a small community group: the plan had to have robust evidence and go through a rigorous examination with a very experienced QC. The Plan will have gone through Referendum just weeks before the awards will be announced.

Our work demonstrates the positive contribution communities can make. Winning the award would allow us to share with other communities the lesson learned (dialogue, a tight focus on what matters, pragmatism, pace, etc.) and provide a positive case study to the Government localism and beauty agenda. More than anything, it will help to make the development the best it can possibly be.