The first award was the ‘Award for Plan-making’, for which our team’s work on the Nene Park Masterplan 2016-2045 had been shortlisted.
However, the highlight of the evening came as the category; ‘Planning Consultancy of the Year’ was announced. This was a very competitive category which saw SLR alongside the some big names including HTA Design, Inner Circle Consulting, Pegasus Group and Stride Treglown.
Paul McTernan, who leads SLR’s masterplanning team, commented “We are so pleased to receive the ‘high commendation’ acknowledgement from the judges. Although we didn’t win, it’s important to remember that even the nomination is a testament to the work and commitment of the teams involved and the short listing by the judges. It was particularly good to hear the judges cite the beneficial impact of SLR’s planning work across all the planning jurisdictions in the UK and Ireland. It was SLR’s first entry in this difficult category and we were standing alongside some of the industry’s biggest names”.
The Planning & Placemaking Awards recognise excellence in professional planning work, as well as the associated fields such as legal services and stakeholder engagement. This year the judges said they were looking for entries that had improved or were likely to improve the physical or environmental quality of a place, or the economic or social well-being of a community. The judges awarded extra marks for originality, potential for long-lasting impact, community involvement and financial viability of the project.
SLR has a strong track record at these awards and has previously won awards for ‘Strategic Planning’ in 2014, the award for ‘Placemaking in Scotland’ in 2015 and the award for the ‘Best use of arts, culture or sport in Place Making’ in the UK in 2015.
If you’d like to find out more about these awards please visit the Planning Awards website or contact Paul McTernan.