SLR’s Fingal Heritage Project is nominated for prestigious planning industry award

Fingal Heritage Project is a finalist in the category for Excellence in Planning for Heritage at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2017. The RTPI Awards are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.

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The Fingal Heritage Properties Review was tendered for international competition in January 2016. In May 2016 the contract was awarded to a multi-disciplinary team of heritage planning professionals lead by SLR, who brought a track record of heritage and cultural asset strategy development from Ireland and the UK that informed the methodology adopted in Fingal. The team was led and directed by Paul McTernan, TD Planning (Belfast), and project managed by Aislinn O’Brien, Associate Planning (Dublin), supported by specialist skills in economic appraisal and funding from Mike Nevin of Nevin Associates (Edinburgh) and Alan Hill of Alan Hill Tourism (Leitrim).

Speaking about the project Paul McTernan said:

“It was clear from the outset that this brief was about building something new in terms of how heritage assets were managed and cared for within the Irish local authority sector. Fingal County Council, north Dublin, has the largest portfolio of heritage properties in Ireland in local authority ownership. We were delighted to be able to advise on a new strategy and model of management for these heritage properties and to help guide Fingal on the implementation of a new best practice operating model which will be the first on this scale in Ireland to address the many complexities of sustainable heritage management, funding and delivery.”

 Stephen Wilkinson, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said:

“The finalists represent some outstanding contributions to planning which are making a positive impact for the community and environment. The judges will find it difficult choosing the winners given the high calibre of entries this year.”

This year saw a nearly 40% increase in entrants and the judges have shortlisted 90 finalists across 14 categories with an overall winner awarded the Silver Jubilee Cup. The winners will be announced during a ceremony held at Milton Court at The Barbican, London on 15 June 2017

Andrew Jones, 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 impact the profession has on quality and delivery in the built environment.”

David Jackson, Head of Planning, Savills said:

“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 across the UK, Ireland and internationally through projects, plans and people.”

The RTPI champions the power of planning in creating prosperous places and vibrant communities. It is the only body in the UK that confers Chartered status to planners, the highest professional qualification sought after by employers. They support their members – 23,000 worldwide - throughout their career

About the RTPI 

1.    The Royal Town Planning Institute champions the power of planning in creating prosperous places and vibrant communities.

Using their expertise and research they bring evidence and thought leadership to shape planning policies and thinking, putting the profession at the heart of society's big debates. 

They set the standards of planning education and professional behaviour that give planners, wherever they work in the world, a unique ability to meet complex economic, social and environmental challenges. 

They are the only body in the UK that confers Chartered status to planners, the highest professional qualification sought after by employers in both private and public sectors. They support their members – 23,000 worldwide - throughout their careers, offering a wide of range of opportunities to learn and share ideas and skills.

 
RTPI is a charity registered in England 262865 and Scotland SC 03784.

Key Contacts:

Paul McTernan

Aislinn O'Brien