Planning Award presentation marks time for achievements

Share in the celebrations as projects, practices and people are recognised for their outstanding planning contributions, writes Kate Webster.

The presentation of the RTPI Planning Awards is one of the key events of the year for planning professionals.

Not just a big occasion for the winners, it's also an ideal opportunity for networking or hospitality, with developers, planners, architects and clients from the public and private sectors gathered together. It's an occasion to celebrate the very best in planning from 2010, both in terms of projects and people.

All the shortlisted entrants are invited to attend the presentation, as well as a selection of guests from the built environment professions. Whether you're looking to develop your relationship with clients or host colleagues for an inspiring afternoon, this high-quality event at the London Hilton Park Lane is an effective way to achieve that.

Places can be booked individually or by tables of ten, and a charity rate is available for non-profit organisations. Arup, AECOM, City of London, the Olympic Delivery Authority, Savills, Crown Estate, Levitt Bernstein and Sport England are just a selection of the names on this year's shortlist,

As well as announcing the winning entries in categories from heritage to planning process and public realm, we will also be presenting outstanding individual planners with their prizes.

In addition to the Young Planner of the Year, we will also be awarding the coveted titles of Planning Consultancy, Small Planning Consultancy and Planning Consultant of the Year.

Recognising the crucial role education plays in equipping planners with the skills they need, planning schools compete for the Award for Excellence in Planning Education and one exceptional student will be presented with the Award for Outstanding Student Achievement in Planning Education.

Professional development and training don't stop after qualification, which is why we recognise one of the RTPI's Learning Partners with an Award for Commitment to Lifelong Learning and Professional Development. Learning Partner status is open to employers who are committed to high professional standards in their training and development.

Looking ahead for a chance to be one of next year's winners, start thinking about your entry for the RTPI Planning Awards 2011. Details will be available on our website in January with a closing date around the end of March.

- Kate Webster is RTPI marketing officer. To book your place for the awards presentation, please visit

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