Institute announces awards shortlist

The Lower Lea Valley regeneration project, the Olympic Games planning exercise and Stratford City are among schemes shortlisted for the latest RTPI awards.

Sixteen finalists were named this week for the 2005 awards, organised with Planning. Others include the George Street Quarter in St Helens, the regeneration of Whitstable in Kent and the remodelling of west London's Stonebridge estate.

Commercial nominees include Wellcome Trust's genome campus extension at Hinxton in Cambridgeshire and Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal in Northamptonshire. Glasgow's New Gorbals project also wins recognition.

Plymouth's local development framework, Somerset's Taunton Vision programme and the Poole Bridge Regeneration Initiative in Dorset all highlight the South West's growing expertise in strategy preparation. Bradford's conservation area assessment also highlights emerging best procedural practice.

Two e-planning initiatives - the Planning Portal and Planning and Regulatory Services Online (PARSOL) - are in the running. The Peak District National Park Authority's efforts to meet affordable housing need and the Reed and Sedge Cutters Project in the Broads complete the shortlist.

The awards will be presented in London on 2 February 2006. Sponsors to date are the Commission for Rural Communities, Crown Estate, English Partnerships, Macdonald & Company, pps TerraQuest and the Planning Officers Society.

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