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Planners urged to join planning premier league – London Planning Awards 2007

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2007 London Planning Awards launched

The annual showcase for planning professionals in London was launched this week, with organisers holding up past winners such as the Emirates Stadium as examples of planning excellence.

The 2007 London Planning Awards, organised jointly by London First, the Mayor of London and the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) were established to recognise the work of planners, sometimes un-sung heroes who shape the urban renaissance of London. Outstanding planning achievements, such as 2006 winner the Emirates Stadium, are celebrated at an annual awards ceremony hosted by the Mayor of London.

This year the organisers are urging local authorities, consultants, developers and others to submit more schemes for consideration by the judges, to raise the profile of the profession and celebrate true excellence.

Baroness Andrews OBE, House of Lords Minister for Planning, said:

“Good planning shapes the places where we live and work, and is vital to creating vibrant and successful communities. The Government is committed to encouraging the highest standards in planning and is continuing to bring forward reforms to ensure the system works efficiently and effectively. I welcome the London Planning Awards, which recognise and reward excellence in planning in our capital city, and would encourage planning professionals in London to submit their schemes.”

Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, said:

“London is home both to astonishing history and heritage and the most cutting edge modern developments. The role that planning has to play in making London such a dynamic, diverse and interesting city is often overlooked, and that’s why these awards are so important.”

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:

“The London Planning Awards’ roll call of previous winners, including last year’s Emirates Stadium, form a ‘Premier League’ of planning. The 2007 event gives planning professionals working in the capital the opportunity to add their names to that prestigious list, from the local borough planner, ensuring that schemes balance local needs and sensitivities, to partnership teams working on ‘iconic’ new developments.”

Jim Claydon, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute, said:

“Place Shaping has been thrust to the forefront of local authority business and planners are leading the way. The London Planning Awards are part of recognising planning excellence in the field of place shaping.”

 

The award categories and sponsors are as follows:

Best Conceptual Project (Berwin Leighton Paisner)

Best Built Project (CB Richard Ellis)

Best Personal Contribution to London (GVA Grimley)

Best Community-based Planning Initiative (Land Securities)

Best New Public Space (Lovells)

Excellence in Affordable Housing Delivery (The Housing Corporation)

Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence

 

The awards will be presented at City Hall on 15th January 2008, with an introduction by the Mayor of London

Notes to Editors

  1. The London Planning Awards, now in their fifth year, are run jointly by the Mayor, London First and the RTPI, although are 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.
  2. Visual materials including logos and pictures both of previous winners and the 2006 Awards ceremony at City Hall are available upon request. Please contact London First for more details
  3. London First is a business membership organisation whose mission is to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure
  4. London First delivers its activities with the support of 300 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 higher education institutions as well as further education colleges and NHS hospital trusts. London First members represent 26% of London’s GDP.

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