Winners announced on YouTube for RTPI Planning Excellence 2020

Planning Excellence

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, winners of the Planning Excellence Awards and of the Silver Jubilee Cup were revealed this year on the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) YouTube channel

Innovative housing schemes, a town centre regeneration and a country estate in Somerset were among the winners at this year’s RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence.

RTPI president, Sue Manns, said: “The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is challenging us all to think about what is important in our lives and the lives of those around us, the local places and spaces around us, the way that we work, use our homes and communicate with others.

“This year’s winners shine a spotlight on the very best practice in delivering future places and spaces that work for everyone. They provide us with inspiration and confidence in the future of our profession.”

Sadie Morgan, design industry leader and chair of the judging panel, said: “The coronavirus outbreak has caused a massive reset – an enforced shutdown that will affect our livelihoods, our relationships and our wellbeing for years to come. Yet as we look at the shortlist and this year’s overall winner, it is clear that the values embedded in these projects will set the example for the changing world that we now inhabit.

Planners had a critical role in the success of all the winning projects, and we must not forget the importance of collaboration and of allowing innovation and ingenuity to thrive – these will be essential in the months and years ahead.”

Sarah Elliott MRTPI, Buildings + Places Town Planning Lead at headline sponsor AECOM, said: “This year’s RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence act as a reminder that planning is crucial to delivering the kind of places we need today and in the future.

“Despite the ongoing lockdown, we’re pleased that we’ve been able to continue our sponsorship of the ceremony, and hope that our involvement will allow these worthy winners and finalists to reap the benefits of their industry accolades.”

RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2020 winners:

Silver Jubilee Cup (awarded to project judged best overall)

Excellence in Plan Making Practice

Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy

Excellence in Planning for Health and Wellbeing

  • Winner – Marmalade Lane, TOWN & Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service
  • Commended – Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre, Arup and BS Stanford Ltd

Excellence in Planning for Heritage and Culture

Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment

Excellence in Planning to Deliver Homes – small schemes (up to 50 homes)

  • Winner – Marmalade Lane, TOWN & Greater Cambridge Shared Planning Service

Excellence in Planning to Deliver Homes – large schemes (50 or more homes)

Excellence in Tech Within Planning Practice

International Award for Planning Excellence

In-house Planning Team of the Year

Local Authority Planning Team of the Year

  • Winner – London Borough of Tower Hamlets Council (London)
  • Commended – apT, Telford & Wrekin Council (West Midlands)

Small Planning Consultancy of the Year

Planning Consultancy of the Year

Young Planner of the Year

  • Winner – Robyn Skerratt (London)


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