RTPI Award Shortlisting for Scott Brownrigg Planning

14.04.14

Scott Brownrigg’s scheme for The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery (KTRHA) in Woolwich has been shortlisted for a Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Award for Planning Excellence; the annually held awards celebrate the very best in planning practice and process.

The highly sustainable scheme, designed by Scott Brownrigg’s architectural team and submitted for planning by Scott Brownrigg Planning has been recognised for the ”Best Planning for Natural and Built Heritage” Category. The category recognises improvements in environmental quality through conservation or enhancement of historic buildings, urban or rural areas, countryside, or landscapes, for example, green infrastructure plans, natural resource management, low carbon/renewable energy schemes, historic enhancement projects, or flood protection schemes.

The new home for the KTRHA involved extensive consultation with the Royal Borough of Greenwich and English Heritage by the Planners on a number of site-related issues. These included Repository Woods to the north of the site, which was being considered for inclusion in the Register of Parks and Gardens and for scheduling under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act at the time of planning; the remains of training fortification lines which were military defences constructed in the 18th Century which were found on the site; the existence of semi sunken former air raid shelters used in WWI; and the Grade II* listed Rotunda building designed by John Nash in 1814.

Chairing the judging panel of 24 experts was Sir Terry Farrell, one the world’s leading architect planners and author of the recent Farrell Review, a UK government-commissioned review of architecture and the built environment.

Sir Terry said of the entry standards: “The standard of entries to the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence is extremely impressive and a credit to the profession. This is the second year I have chaired the judging and I am proud to say that once again our shortlist reflects the very best planning projects, strategies and processes that are helping to make great places for people to live and work. It will be far from easy to pick individual category winners, but I am looking forward, with my fellow awards judges, to that exciting challenge. I anticipate celebrating some truly outstanding examples of planning.”

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony to be held at The Shaw Theatre in the Pullman London St Pancras on 23 June 2014.

The RTPI shortlisting coincides with the 30th Anniversary for Scott Brownrigg Planning. Part of international design practice Scott Brownrigg, the team will be celebrating this milestone year with a high profile anniversary party in September.