Commenting on the shortlisting Paul McTernan, who leads SLR’s masterplanning team, said “The Nene Park Masterplan is an example of how a city park managed by a charitable trust serving the local community can lead a civic debate about growth, placemaking, environmental quality and long term sustainability. A legacy to the British New Town movement, The Nene Park Masterplan encapsulates the vision of the new town pioneers to sustain a city parkland at the heart of a community that delivers an outstanding natural resource for its community and proactively shapes the spatial planning debate around long term growth. This project is pioneering and original and sets an outstanding precedent for good town planning practice.”
The second category, for ‘Planning Consultancy of the Year’, sees SLR contending alongside HTA Design, Inner Circle Consulting, Pegasus Group and Stride Treglown. McTernan added “The nomination is a great recognition of our work across Ireland and the UK and we are delighted with the profile of a shortlisting.”
The Planning Awards recognise excellence in professional planning work, as well as the associated fields such as legal services and stakeholder engagement. This year’s 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. Extra marks were awarded for the originality, potential for long-lasting impact, community involvement and financial viability of the project.
SLR has previously been nominated three times at these awards and has taken home 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.
This year’s winners will be announced, alongside the 2016 Placemaking Awards, at a ceremony at Savoy Place in central London on 23rd June 2016.
If you’d like to find out more about these awards please visit the Planning Awards website or for further information about the services SLR can offer contact Paul McTernan, Technical Director – Planning.