National Awards for Excellence: Savills Planning shortlisted in three categories

13 February 2017

Savills Planning division has been shortlisted across three separate categories at the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence which celebrates best practice in planning across the UK. 

As well as Planning Consultancy of the Year, Savills has been shortlisted for planning expertise across two projects:  The Findrassie Masterplan in Scotland, for Excellence in Plan Making Practice, and The Bay Campus, Swansea University in Wales, for Creating Economically Successful Places.

David Jackson, Savills Head of Planning said:

“I am delighted that, not only has Savills Planning division been shortlisted for overall Planning Consultancy of the Year, but that our innovative regional expertise is also being recognised in Morayshire and Swansea.  We operate strong teams up and down the country, having consistently invested in the best experts over the last 20 years.  Being finalists across various categories demonstrates that we are not only the biggest, but also among the best in our profession.”

Commenting on the Findrassie project, project coordinator, Debbie Mackay of Savills Edinburgh Planning team said:

“The Findrassie Masterplan resulted from a collaborative planning and design process, involving landowners (Pitgaveny), Moray Council, Savills, a specialist consultant team and the widest possible community involvement, with Architecture & Design Scotland providing invaluable design review throughout.

“An ongoing innovative schools programme uses Findrassie as a ‘live project’ to get young people involved in deciding how their town will grow.

“The landowner and the Council’s Planning Department had a shared concern for the quality of existing development in Elgin, and were united in their desire to use the Findrassie masterplanning process to raise the bar for urban design in Moray.”

The Swansea project was led by Nick Matthews, a Director in Savills Bristol Planning team.  He said:

“On behalf of Swansea University and St. Modwen Developments, Savills was responsible for the coordination of the outline planning application for a new campus, bringing together academic and commercial research and development in purpose built facilities. The Bay Campus, the first phase of which is now open, will accommodate a number of academic departments within approximately 70,000sqm of teaching floorspace, alongside accommodation for up to 4,000 students and a range of supporting and leisure facilities. 

“This project has led to the remediation and reuse of a major redundant, brownfield site and meets a need for new university academic, research and development facilities, in addition to residential accommodation.”

Stephen Wilkinson, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said:

“The finalists represent some outstanding contributions to planning, which are making a positive impact for the community and environment. The judges will find it difficult choosing the winners, given the high calibre of entries this year.”

The winners will be announced during a ceremony held at Milton Court at The Barbican, London on 15 June 2017. 

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