Six Scottish finalists competing for top national planning award

Wick Community Campus (Image courtesy of Ryder Architecture)

Six finalists in Scotland are in the running to win one of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence.

The Awards for Planning Excellence are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. For over 40 years, they have and continue to celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.

The Scottish shortlisted projects, joining 78 finalists across 13 categories, are:

  1. Former Cockenzie Power Station Masterplan (Peter Brett Associates) – a 25 year vision for the former power station, developed with the local community and stakeholders, which features new employment space with room for 3,500 jobs and new green spaces (Excellence in Plan Making Practice)
  2. Stromness Regeneration (Orkney Islands Council) - a planning led inter-departmental council task force which led the transformation of the declining town centre through the redevelopment of key buildings, sites and facilities and wider economic regeneration (Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy)
  3. Wick Community campus (Ryder Architects) – a new multipurpose centre with a primary and high school, and community gym, library and swimming pool in Wick, East Caithness (Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy)
  4. Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary– The Garden Hospital (Dumfries and Galloway Council) – new £212 million hospital on the outskirts of Dumfries, delivered through a strong community partnership, with 344 beds, and 17 courtyards and landscaping for a naturally therapeutic and healing environment (Excellence in Planning for Health and Wellbeing)
  5. Natural Power Consultants Limited (In-house Planning Team of the Year)
  6. Heather Claridge– Glasgow City Council (Young Planner of the Year Award)

Fraser Carlin MRTPI, convenor of RTPI Scotland, said: “This year’s awards’ shortlist is full of outstanding projects and plans. Each represents the hard work and outstanding contribution planners make to our community. It’s great to see so many local projects getting the national recognition they deserve.”

Andrew Jones MRTPI, practice leader design planning + economics, AECOM said: “AECOM is proud to once again be a headline sponsor of this year’s RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. The finalists are a diverse mixture of outstanding examples of planning, which demonstrate the breadth of the impact the profession has on quality place making and delivery in the built environment.”

David Jackson MRTPI, head of planning, Savills, added: “Savills is delighted to be a headline sponsor of the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence. The finalists reflect the positive impact planning has on our communities and wider society across the UK, Ireland and internationally through exemplary projects, plans and people.”

The winners will be announced during a ceremony at Milton Court - The Barbican, London on 24 May 2018. Tickets to the ceremony are on sale.

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