A Record of Lancaster (submiited by BCA Landscape)
Devised to support the 'Lancaster Square Routes' programme to revitalise the historic city of Lancaster, 'A Record of Lancaster' centres on the creation of a granite public plinth in the market square. The plinth features bronze engravings of type, images and patterns that portray 'greatest hits' stories of the city from past and present. These stories extend into new signage and wayfinding markers through the city and are the focus of a printed design guide, postcards and posters.
Harvey's Foundry Phase 3 (Harvey's Foundry Trust and Prince's Regeneration Trust)
The partly derelict, two-acre site of Harvey's Foundry sits within the Hayle Conservation Area and is part of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining World Heritage Site. The Prince's Regeneration Trust has already steered two phases of redevelopment of the site, creating office and workshop space and the creation of the Hayle World Heritage Centre. Phase three of the project will restore two Grade II listed buildings, creating more office space and over 80 jobs. Heritage Centre volunteers are helping to deliver a programme of community activities, including an exhibition and oral history archive.
LookUp: Bridgend Street Art & Townscape Heritage Initiative (Bridgend County Borough Council)
Influenced by arts-led regeneration projects in nearby Bristol, Cardiff and Swansea, as well as the creation of a new arts centre in Bridgend, the LookUp initiative was launched in January 2015 to support Bridgend's physical and environmental regeneration programme. Interpreting the town's historic market and agricultural history, artists first created a street art gallery and large pieces of work on the facades of a local shop and neighbouring pub. More shopkeepers have since requested paintings, leading to artworks being created on the town's shopping centre and a range of independent shops.
Margate Arts Creativity Heritage (MACH) (Thanet District Council)
This partnership between English Heritage, Arts Council England and Thanet District Council was designed to support the growth of the creative sector in the socially deprived town of Margate, Kent as a driver for regeneration. Running from 2010 to March 2015, it delivered workshops, consultations and cultural events and brought ten empty heritage buildings back into use. The initiative boosted the number of creative businesses now operating in the area and has influenced other regeneration activities such as the redesign of the railway station forecourt.
Sculpture in the City 2015 (City of London Corporation)
This temporary display of world class sculptures in the city of London includes works by artists such as Ai WeiWei, Laura Ford and Sigalit Landau. It aims to complement the contrasting architecture in the area where historic churches and heritage buildings sit alongside modern towers. The idea is create interest and promote interaction for local workers, visitors, tourists and students. Supported by local businesses, the initiative includes free community events and workshops for schools.
The Base Skatepark CIC, The Base Skatepark CIC
Located in the socially deprived area of Bognor Regis, the Base is an indoor skatepark providing 8,500 square feet of wooden ramps for skating, scooting, BMXing and rollerblading. It was built with grants and donations from local businesses and councils to support the vision of a local mother who wanted a safe indoor space for her boys to use their scooters in all weathers, with proper training and first aid facilities. The Base works with Sussex Police, scouts and other groups, offers career advice and sources products from small local companies to support the local economy.
The Best of Us, People United
This community-led participatory arts initiative aims to improve the wellbeing of residents in Newington, Ramsgate, an area of high deprivation where there is little arts provision. Since May 2015 over 900 local residents have participated in the project, working in schools, youth centres and community venues with film-makers, storytellers and oral historians as well as sound and visual artists. Arising from the project, a weekly inter-generational group of residents aged between seven and sixty put on the Newington's first ever arts festival in October 2015, which could now become an annual event.
The Planning and Placemaking Awards, London, 23 June 6.30-9.30pm: why attend?
This year the Planning and Placemaking Awards will be presented at a joint ceremony at Savoy Place in the heart of London on 23 June. The event will bring together a mix of leading public and private sector built environment professionals, offering networking and learning opportunities throughout the evening. It will showcase the projects, plans and people behind the most outstanding planning and placemaking work across the UK.
Details of how to obtain tickets can be found here.
Details of the full Placemaking Awards shortlist can be found here.
Details of the full Planning Awards shortlist can be found here.