PLANNING CATEGORIES

AWARD FOR PLANNING FOR INCREASED HOUSING DELIVERY

Lewisham Small Sites SPD

RCKa

Lewisham has a London Plan delivery target of 16,670 homes over ten years, including 3,790 on small sites. RCKa, as part of a team led by Ash Sakula, was commissioned to prepare a small sites design guide to encourage residential development on sites of less than 0.25 hectares. The team conducted a detailed analysis of the borough's ch...

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AWARD FOR PLANNING FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Ebury Bridge Estate Renewal Project – City of Westminster

Westminster City Council and Gowling WLG

Redevelopment of the Ebury Bridge Estate forms a key part of Westminster City Council’s plans to develop more council homes for social rent. The project, which is now under construction, aims to provide 781 new homes, of which 53% will be affordable. Income from home sales will subsidise delivery of new and refurbished affordable homes...

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Osiers Road

Rolfe Judd Planning

The challenge for the development of Osier Road was how to knit into a recently developed tight urban fabric, a scheme which optimised the delivery of high quality homes and flexible workspaces whilst giving back almost 40% of the site to public realm to ‘complete’ the master planning of the area. Osiers Road has achieved this, by care...

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AWARD FOR PLANNING FOR THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

Canada Dock, Canada Water Masterplan

British Land, London Borough of Southwark, Townshend Landscape Architects and London Wildlife Trust

The Canada Dock project, part of the Canada Water masterplan, aims to improve the ecology and biodiversity of a wetland habitat that has been designated a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation. The design includes seven wetland islands, providing habitats for birds, bats, invertebrates, and amphibians. A Biodiversity Net Gain Asse...

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AWARD FOR USE OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY IN PLANNING

Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan

Commonplace

Plymouth City Council, West Devon Borough Council, and South Hams District Council wanted to maximise community engagement ahead of a 2024 joint local plan review. Commonplace was commissioned to build a website, gathering views from local residents between July and December 2022, and develop an AI system to speed up analysis of commen...

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Trafford Waters Masterplan

Arcadis

The apartment script for the Trafford Waters Masterplan is an effective planning and design tool, that can generate indicative floorplans based on key parameters such as apartment areas and building width. A multi-function script that provides a new range of tools to communicate concepts and options to clients and other stakeholders,...

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PLANNING LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR

High profile mandates for Womble Bond Dickinson's planning and infrastructure team

Womble Bond Dickinson

Womble Bond Dickinson’s planning and infrastructure team has acted on major schemes in sectors ranging from energy to aviation and public sector projects. Highlights include advising North Somerset Council and West of England Combined Authority on the Portishead rail line; assisting Vattenfall on wind farm projects in Norfolk; helping ...

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Bridgwater Tidal Barrier

BDB Pitmans

We delivered statutory authority for a significant new barrier that will provide substantial benefits to communities at risk of flooding. We advised on complex environmental matters. The barrier will need to be operated with increasing frequency over the course of its 100 year lifetime due to rising sea levels. This means there is u...

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AWARD FOR PLANNING CONSULTANCY OF THE YEAR

Edgars Limited

Edgars’ diverse projects range from heritage interventions to policy development and sustainable transport infrastructure. Highlights include working with Warwick District Council to develop net-zero carbon policies in response to the declared climate emergency; a collaboration with BikeSafe to create a 5km off-road cycling and walking...

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AWARD FOR PLAN-MAKING

West Bromwich Masterplan (endorsed Feb 2022)

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council (w/Savills, Benoy & Mott MacDonald)

The West Bromwich Masterplan identifies key priorities for investment in the town centre over the next 30 years: the creation of a metro gateway and a new town square; securing new green links, parks, and sustainable travel networks; and development of a major mixed-use community. Town centre improvements such as the installation of ‘p...

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AWARD FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING

Brent Cross Town Electrical Sub-Station

CarneySweeney / Related Argent in partnership with Barnet Council

The completed Brent Cross Town Electrical Substation will eventually supply energy to one of the largest urban regeneration projects in Europe, including around 6,700 homes plus 280,000 square metres of office space, retail and leisure facilities. Located close to a transport interchange, where it is expected to be seen by six million ...

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LOCAL AUTHORITY PLANNING TEAM OF THE YEAR

Buckinghamshire Planning & Environment Service

Buckinghamshire Council

Buckinghamshire Council's planning team was formed in 2020, bringing together colleagues from four former district councils and a county council within one unitary authority. The team processes more than 13,000 planning applications annually and is working on a single local plan for Buckinghamshire. Integration took place alongside ser...

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PLANNING PERMISSION OF THE YEAR

Dagenham Green

Peabody Trust and Dagenham Green Ltd; PRP, Savills, HTA Design Landscape

Located on the 18.5-hectare site of a former car manufacturing plant in east London, the Dagenham Green project aims to provide 3,502 homes — of which 50 per cent are expected to be affordable. Based on the 15-minute neighbourhood principle, the plans also include a 10-form entry secondary school, up to 4,400 square metres of non-resid...

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Gravity LDO

This is Gravity Ltd and Stantec UK Ltd

The Gravity LDO is at the heart of the UK’s 4th Industrial Revolution, it is aligned to the enterprise zone and has created a marketing tool to attract investors to Sedgemoor and Somerset. The Gravity LDO unlocks this brownfield site, supports clean and inclusive growth, and will deliver transformational beneficial impacts for Somerset...

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AWARD FOR STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT IN PLANNING

Issues & Options Consultation, Newham Local Plan Review - LBN Planning Policy

London Borough of Newham

When Newham Council consulted on its adopted local plan, the authority received 46 comments. For its Local Plan Review, the council boosted that number to 5,000. Publicity efforts included adverts, social media, multi-language leaflets, and a video narrated by local residents. Engagement took place via stalls, attendance at community e...

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Empowering residents to shape their areas: developing 15 Minute Neighbourhood Frameworks

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Waltham Forest Council have been co-creating 15 Minute Neighbourhood Frameworks with residents for 5 parts of the borough, with the aim of creating a fairer and more equal 15-minute neighbourhoodsOur approach is innovative in three ways: We have facilitated a genuine engagement process. The Council have been creating opportunities for ...

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AWARD FOR PLANNING TO ADDRESS CLIMATE CHANGE

National Planning Framework 4

Scottish Government

Scotland's fourth National Planning Framework aims to drive the country towards net zero and gives significant weight to the global climate and nature crises in all planning decisions. The framework offers support for renewable energy technologies, greener places, local living, and regeneration of town centres, while seeking to restric...

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PLACEMAKING CATEGORIES

AWARD FOR BEST HOUSING SCHEME (FEWER THAN 500 HOMES)

Collaton 'A Different Approach'

Pillar Land Securities Ltd and Coln Signature Homes

Collaton Park aims to establish a model for rural housing delivery without public funding, blending a mix of housing tenures with employment space and community facilities. The project, which secured full planning permission last year, will provide 57 affordable units — 46 per cent of the total — including social rent homes, affordable...

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AWARD FOR BEST HOUSING SCHEME (500 HOMES OR MORE)

Oval Village Phase 2

GRID Architects with Berkeley Homes

The Oval Village project aims to transform 17 separate parcels of contaminated, derelict and inaccessible land into a community of 738 homes plus shops, cafes, offices, and open space. Incorporating the two-hectare Oval Gas Works, the project will retain and refurbish the listed gasholder while drawing inspiration from the site’s indus...

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Chilmington

Hodson Developments

Chilmington, a new garden city development near Ashford in Kent, is bringing outstanding benefits to the community with high-quality sustainable housing and excellent facilities, while enhancing and protecting the natural environment. Led by Hodson Developments this 20-year scheme will, when complete, provide 5,750 new homes of differe...

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AWARD FOR PROMOTING ECONOMIC GROWTH

Blackhorse Lane Strategic Industrial Location Masterplan Framework and Creative Enterprise Zone

London Borough of Waltham Forest

The Blackhorse Lane industrial area is a key strategic site identified as having the potential to promote economic growth. However, challenges include multiple landowners, complex London Plan requirements, and the need to preserve industrial floorspace and protect existing businesses. Waltham Forest Council’s masterplan was developed i...

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Gravity LDO

This is Gravity Ltd and Stantec UK Ltd

The LDO provides a flexible planning framework to enable bespoke occupier requirements to be delivered within the defined strategic and flexible parameters. The Gravity LDO deserves an award because it will create a smart campus, a place to work, live and play. It will create a campus that attracts international inward investment an...

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AWARD FOR BEST USE OF ARTS, CULTURE OR SPORT IN PLACEMAKING

Windrush Public Art Commissions

Hackney Council

In 2018, Hackney Council invited artists with African-Caribbean heritage to develop permanent public artworks to commemorate and celebrate the Windrush generation, recognising the community’s contribution to the borough and the UK. The project involved consultation with 800 residents and saw permanent sculptures, designed by artists Ve...

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AWARD FOR BEST USE OF HERITAGE IN PLACEMAKING

Restoration and reuse of the historic EMD Granada Walthamstow

London Borough of Waltham Forest

The Walthamstow Granada served as a cinema and concert venue for more than seven decades before closing in 2003 and falling into disrepair. Then, in 2019, Waltham Forest Council bought the venue and struck a deal with Soho Theatre to open its doors once again. A team of conservation experts is restoring the Grade II listed building to ...

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Southgates Masterplan Development Brief

BDP

The Southgates Masterplan Development Brief sets a strategic vision and principles to guide future development within the historic Southgates area of King’s Lynn. The Masterplan is centred on removing traffic from the Grade I listed South Gate Scheduled Ancient Monument, to create a heritage centrepiece and vibrant urban quarter, suppo...

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AWARD FOR PARTNERSHIP WORKING

LLDC Women and Girls Safety Project

London Legacy Development Corporation

In 2021, the London Legacy Development Corporation launched the Women and Girls Safety Project in an attempt to address gender inequality in urban design and planning. The project brought together stakeholders from a broad range of sectors and established a collective — involving landowners, developers, construction firms, the police, ...

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Towns Fund Delivery Partner

Arup with Nichols, Copper Consultancy, FutureGov, Grant Thornton and Savills

Our ‘Total Towns’ approach –which sets out the economic, environmental, social and leadership aspects of a place that enable success—underpinned the work of multi-disciplinary teams who collaborated to support Towns’ complex challenges. They seamlessly came together, regardless of organisation or location, to support Towns to resolve s...

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AWARD FOR REGENERATION

Grahame Park estate regeneration Masterplan

Patel Taylor on behalf of Notting Hill Genesis

Grahame Park is the largest housing estate in the London Borough of Barnet. Built in the 1970s, design issues have contributed to problems including overcrowding, crime and anti-social behaviour, and low quality of life for residents. Stage B of this multi-phase masterplan sets out a new vision featuring 2,088 new homes, community faci...

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Clichy Estate Regeneration

PRP and London Borough of Tower Hamlets

The Clichy Estate Regeneration will transform a site housing three ailing 1960s council blocks and a community facing frequent crime into a vibrant, safe and sustainable new neighbourhood. Amidst fluctuating lockdown rules, we undertook an ambitious consultation process to ensure residents’ needs were central to the design. Our consent...

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AWARD FOR DESIGN EXCELLENCE

Hull Royal Infirmary New Main Entrance and Paediatric Department

Race Cottam Associates

The entrance to Hull Royal Infirmary was set-back and not very visible, causing confusion for patients and visitors. As part of a new three-storey extension, the entrance has been redesigned and now features a double-height glazed atrium, inviting people in while maximising natural light and ventilation. The project also involved redes...

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York Way Estate

Maccreanor Lavington

Our proposed ‘Villa’ buildings are designed to respond to and compliment the language of the current York Wat Estate, while being contemporary in their material and expression. The buildings will primarily be made of brick; a robust, timeless material, prevalent to the local area and used throughout the estate. This will provide cont...

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AWARD FOR FOSTERING A HEALTHY TOWN CENTRE

Good Growth for Angel Edmonton

Enfield Council

Angel Edmonton is currently among the 10 per cent most deprived areas in England in terms of crime and poverty. The Good Growth for Angel Edmonton project has created a mix of new cultural and community spaces, engaging residents and driving regeneration. Four main interventions were designed in consultation with local people: the reno...

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AWARD FOR MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT

Circus Street

U+I

Comprising a mix of residential, office, retail and cultural uses, Circus Street has transformed a derelict market in Brighton. The one-hectare scheme includes 142 homes, 450 student bedrooms, 2,800 square metres of office space, 10 shops, a 1,300 square-metre dance space and two public spaces. Sustainable features include solar-powere...

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AWARD FOR COMMUNITY-LED PLACEMAKING

Neighbourhood Priorities Fund

London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC)

The London Legacy Development Corporation’s Neighbourhood Priorities Fund takes a community-driven approach to infrastructure funding. Applicants are supported to apply for a share of community infrastructure levy receipts to bring forward projects that address local challenges. A panel of residents and other local stakeholders are the...

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BEST USE OF PUBLICLY-OWNED LAND AND/OR PROPERTY IN PLACEMAKING

Weyside Urban Village, Guildford Borough Council

Guildford Borough Council

Guildford Borough Council, Thames Water, and Surrey County Council share ownership of a 30-hectare brownfield site currently occupied by a sewage treatment works and a recycling centre. The Weyside Urban Village project will relocate these facilities and provide up to 1,550 homes, six Gypsy and Traveller pitches, and 6,600 square metre...

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BEST USE OF BROWNFIELD LAND IN PLACEMAKING

Industria, Barking

Haworth Tompkins

The Oval Village project aims to transform 17 separate parcels of contaminated, derelict and inaccessible land into a community of 738 homes plus shops, cafes, offices, and open space. Incorporating the two-hectare Oval Gas Works, the project will retain and refurbish the listed gasholder while drawing inspiration from the site’s indus...

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Dagenham Green

Peabody Trust and Dagenham Green Ltd; PRP, Savills, HTA Design Landscape

Dagenham Green will become the urban heart of the area, designed to connect locals, new residents and visitors. Starting with people, we are creating an exciting place, centred around social amenity, vibrant uses and generous public realm that will foster a sense of community. A diverse community will proudly live here, making the most...

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THE EDITOR’S AWARD

Ebury Bridge Estate Renewal Project – City of Westminster

Westminster City Council and Gowling WLG

Redevelopment of the Ebury Bridge Estate forms a key part of Westminster City Council’s plans to develop more council homes for social rent. The project, which is now under construction, aims to provide 781 new homes, of which 53% will be affordable. Income from home sales will subsidise delivery of new and refurbished affordable homes...

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