Diary: Roundabout of the Year award

It's the big announcement of the year.

No, not the Scottish referendum result or the Wolfson Economics Prize - Diary is talking about the much-anticipated Roundabout of the Year award. The 2014 gong has gone to the Stonehills roundabout on the A38 in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. The island features a 5m-tall wooden statue of a knight mounted on a horse, to commemorate the 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury during the Wars of the Roses. Kevin Beresford, president of the UK Roundabout Appreciation Society, which gives out the award, described it as "one of the most imposing and dramatic roundabouts I have ever come across".

Who says planners are not artistic? In an effort to dispel the myth of the profession as clipboard-wielding technocrats, planning consultancy Barton Willmore celebrated the opening of its new Reading town centre office by hosting an alternative art exhibition. The artworks included a mannequin dressed in the flamboyant clothes of an urban designer, a didgeridoo that mimicked the voice of a planner, and lots of Lego.

But perhaps Diary's favourite piece was the one that comprised 40 floating copies of Barton Willmore's running-up entry to this year's Wolfson Economics Prize, a competition to find the best idea for a garden city.

Finally, congratulations to the six Walsingham Planning staff (pictured) who cycled from London to Paris to mark the firm's 30th anniversary, raising nearly £4,000 for MacMillan Cancer Support. Cyclists Stephen Brooker, Mark Krassowski, Lisa Bradley, Jonathan Vose, Simon Millett and Roberta Cameron were welcomed underneath the Eiffel Tower at the end of their cross-Channel ride by colleagues from the Buckinghamshire-based consultancy.


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