UNIVERSITY NEWS LAST UPDATED : 20 OCTOBER 2021
The prestigious RTPI awards for Planning Excellence welcome entries from across the region and celebrate examples of how planning and planners make a positive impact on our quality of life, creating exceptional places to live, play and work whilst protecting our environment. We are delighted to announce that The West Midlands National Park project has been shortlisted for the Planning Excellence award.
Professor of Landscape Architecture at Birmingham City University Kathryn Moore, Director of the West Midlands National Park Lab founded the project. The WMNP is reimagining the region for millions of people, realising new, holistic and integrated approaches to urban and rural development and change to underpin strategic regional spatial decisions and increase awareness of the capacity of landscape to help meet the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG’s). Helping to make the region a greener place to live, improving people’s quality of life and the environment, it is supporting the green recovery to create more resilient communities.
Ashley Baldwin, chair of RTPI West Midlands judging panel, said: “The submissions for both categories were extremely impressive this year and represent the region positively. The shortlisting process was difficult given the quality and range of submissions.”
“The challenges arising from the pandemic were significant for individuals and project teams, and it is clear that the talent within the region has been able to adapt to these challenges effectively.”
Other shortlisted 2021 entries for the Planning Excellence award include:
- Alexander Stadium Redevelopment – submitted by Arup
- Coventry Cathedral Conservation Management Plan – submitted by Purcell
- Glasswater Locks – submitted by St Joseph Homes
- HS2 Phase One Automated People Mover – submitted by HS2 Ltd
- West Bromwich Outdoor Market – submitted by Sandwell Borough Council.
The awards ceremony will take place in Birmingham on the 25 November, and we wish the West Midlands National Park team the best of luck!