The annual RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence took place on Monday 6th July. The ceremony was held at The Pullman London St Pancras hotel and was attended by a stonking 450 people! Our very own Emma Langmaid was a judge for two of the categories, Small Consultancy of the Year and Economically Successful Places. Unfortunately Emma was unable to attend the awards, however, we were all so pleased to find that two Welsh entries brought excellence awards home to the Land of our Fathers. Snowdonia National Park Authority in the Excellence in Planning for Community and Well-Being category for their work on Ysgol Craig y Deryn and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council in the Excellence in Planning for the Public Realm category for the River Taff Central Link and Penderyn Square. We want to say a huge congratulations to both planning authorities, the awards were incredibly well deserved, we’re only sorry we couldn’t be there to raise the roof when they announced them as winners!
The big winner of the night, taking home the prestigious RTPI Silver Jubilee Cup was Thames Tideway Tunnel Ltd for their work on The Thames Tideway Tunnel (surprisingly enough). The tunnel (which will take seven years to complete) will be 25 kilometres long, 7.2 metres wide and will sit 35-65m below the surface, it’s designed to prevent the 39 million tonnes of untreated sewage that currently enters the Thames each year – an important project!
The RTPI Awards is always a Planning calendar highlight full of well deserving consultancies, Local Authorities and up and coming companies, role on next year, we already can’t wait to see the results!