SLR is a Finalist in the 2017 Planning Awards

SLR has been shortlisted in this year’s Planning awards in the Placemaking category for ‘Best Use of Publicly-Owned Land and / or Property in Placemaking’.  This promotes the excellent work carried out by our team on the Fingal Heritage Properties Review, in collaboration with Fingal County Council. The nomination is a fantastic recognition of the devotion and enthusiasm of the teams involved.

Fingal County Council, north Dublin, has the largest portfolio of heritage properties in Ireland in local authority ownership, comprising castles, country house estates, historic mills, a network of Martello Towers, historic gardens and Georgian townhouses. The project examines the strategic management and operational performance of these heritage assets and aligns this with the Council’s heritage led regeneration strategy. The Council has since acted on the leading recommendation of the review to implement 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.

The Planning Awards recognise excellence in professional planning work, as well as the associated fields such as placemaking, urban design and environmental consulting. 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. Extra marks were then awarded for the originality, potential for long-lasting impact, community involvement and financial viability of the project.

This is the fourth time SLR has been nominated at these awards, having previously taken home the award 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. Last year SLR was awarded ‘highly commended’ for Planning Consultancy of the Year.

This year’s winners will be announced at a ceremony at Savoy Place in central London on 21st June 2017.