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London Planning Awards

Entries are now open for the 2012/13 London Planning Awards, the annual competition to celebrate the best in the planning world – crucial to creating and maintaining the world class livability of the UK capital.

This year’s awards include a special one off award – The Greatest Contribution to Planning and Development over the Last 10 Years – to mark the tenth anniversary of the London Planning Awards.

Those nominated include Sir George Iacobescu of Canary Wharf Group; Francis Salway, former Chief Executive of Land Securities; David Shaw from the Crown Estate; Sir John Armitt and Sir David Higgins from the Olympic Delivery Team; and Tony Pidgley of Berkeley Group. A full list of people nominated can be found and voted for at www.londonplanningawards.com

Established in 2002 and run jointly by the Mayor, London First, the Royal Town Planning Institute and London Councils, the annual awards aim to recognise excellence and showcase examples that are leading the urban renaissance in London; raise expectations and standards; and improve the profile of planning.

Last year’s awards saw The Granary, King’s Cross, win the prestigious Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence, in recognition of the careful renovation of the historic Grade II listed building.

Other winners included retail and office development One New Change in the City; St Paul’s Way Trust School, Tower Hamlets; Highbury Gardens housing development, Islington; Margaret McMillan Park, Lewisham; the ‘Arsenal on the move’ regeneration project, Islington and St Pancras Chambers refurbishment in Camden.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:
“Over the past 10 years the London Planning Awards have highlighted the very best of our city’s development, rewarding innovative and inspiring projects that have left a lasting and positive imprint on the capital. Creative planning has the power to improve our communities and is crucial in helping London to maintain its position as the greatest city in which to live, work and invest.

“We have some fantastic nominations for the greatest contributor award and I’m sure that the other categories will once again showcase the very best that London’s planners, architects and designers have to offer.”

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:
“Some of the best planners, architects and developers in the world work in London, demonstrating what is possible when we work together to create great buildings, places and neighbourhoods. Last year’s winners were outstanding and will no doubt strengthen London’s position as a world city – I’m sure this year’s entries will be of an equally high standard.”

Colin Haycock, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute, said:
“As global competition gets fiercer, London needs to continue to raise its game. Great places make London an ever more attractive place for business to locate to and thrive in, and an unrivalled tourist destination combining the unparalleled history and unrivalled modern design. The London Planning Awards showcases the best that London has to offer. Its award for ‘Best Built Project 5 Years On’ is particularly valuable in celebrating projects which have really proved their success in practice. I’m excited at the prospect of seeing this year’s entries across all categories”

London Councils Executive Member for Planning, Councillor Chris Roberts said:
“The development of London in the decade since the London Planning Awards began has shown what an impact innovative planning can have on our city. We would like to encourage as many councils as possible to enter the awards to highlight the central role boroughs play in the planning of London. “

Awards Categories for 2012/13:

Best Built Project , sponsored by CBRE
Best Built Project: Community scale scheme, sponsored by Land Securities
Best Conceptual Project, sponsored by Berwin Leighton Paisner
Best New Public Space, sponsored by Hogan Lovells
Best Built Project: 5 years on, sponsored by GVA
Best Historic Building Management, sponsored by English Heritage
Best New Place to Live, sponsored by Ardmore Group
Best Town Centre Project.
The Greatest Contribution to Planning and Development over the Last 10 years, sponsored by Edelman

To download the entry form go to www.londonplanningawards.com
For more information please contact Kate Vandermeer at kvandermeer@londonfirst.co.uk

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Notes to Editors:
The London Planning Awards, now in their tenth year, are run jointly by the Mayor, London First, the RTPI and London Councils, although entry is open to non members of London First and the RTPI. Local authorities, consultants, community groups, developers, public agencies, partnerships and other teams are eligible to enter. Applicants may enter their own work or be nominated. Closing date is 7 September 2012.

Visual materials including logos and pictures both of previous winners and the ceremony for the 2011/12 Awards at City Hall are available upon request.

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London First delivers its activities with the support of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes all of London’s universities as well as further education colleges and NHS hospital trusts. London First members represent over a quarter of London’s GDP.

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