MSc in urban and regional planning students Danny Comerford, Jonathan Clarke, Jacob Bonehill and Jo Singleton – were in third place at the interval. A strong performance over the last three rounds against flagging opposition secured them the £300 prize and a slot in the national final in London on 23 March.
Also through to the final are another Birmingham MSc team – Enemies of Enterprise Rosalind Lamb, Luke Coffey, Rob Webster and Anna Shafee. They took the runners-up position with 58 points, just one point ahead of Plan R and three clear of The Planning Mann.
"Our 13-point margin was a shock because we were really struggling in the last round. Now we’re looking forward to London," said Comerford, who contested the 2009 final as a member of Mike’s Pipe Appreciation Society.
Birmingham City University (BCU) representatives Trio of Excellence finished fifth and four more University of Birmingham teams – Planning an Upset, Truman’s Troopers, Help Me I’ve Fallen Over and Hara – brought up the field.
The RPS team, comprising director Tim Partridge and principal planners Kathy Else and Paul Hill, recovered from a slow start to match the runners-up on 58 points. "All the teams were clearly very studious and the leaders ran up some impressive scores," said Else, who won the Midlands heat in 2001 with BCU team Charlie’s Angels.
For reports on previous heats and information on how to enter the quiz, visit http://www.planningresource.co.uk/go/quiz.