We are delighted to announce that two projects to deliver homes led by our planning team have been shortlisted as part of the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2018 – in the small and large schemes categories respectively. Our planning team has also been shortlisted for In-house Planning Team of the Year. The RTPI Awards are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.
Kings Square Estate is a finalist in the category for Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing (Large Schemes)
Planning consent was secured for the construction of 6 new blocks delivering a total of 98 affordable dwellings (93 for social rent and 5 shared ownership) and 42 homes for sale on behalf of Islington Council’s New Build and Regeneration team, working with PTE Architects.
King Square Estate is exemplar in its approach to estate regeneration. Planning advice from HTA Design was instrumental in guiding pre-application discussions with the Council to establish the development parameters for the scheme designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards. The project demonstrates how authorities, residents, designers and planners can work pro-actively to develop brownfield land to provide new affordable homes within Islington, an inner London borough. The scheme also provides estate wide landscape, play and public realm improvements designed by HTA Design. A new community facility will be provided along with cycle parking and improved refuse provision for existing residents on the estate.
Enfield Council Small Sites Programme is a finalist in the category Excellence to Deliver Housing (Small Sites)
HTA Design worked with Peter Barber Architects for Enfield Council, to deliver Phase 2 of the Council’s Small Sites Programme. Neilcott Construction were appointed to build out the first of four sites making up this phase of development.
The Enfield Small Sites Programme pioneers how small brownfield sites can deliver a significant number of homes through innovative design and collaborative planning. Due to the constrained nature of these sites, the design approach has been key to overcome some of the issues small sites face with regards to preserving neighbouring amenity to creatively address overlooking concerns. The planning involvement from both the public and private sectors has been key to the unlocking the development potential of these small sites, along with an ambitious client and a skillful architect. The programme maximises the amount of housing available on underutilised brownfield land.
HTA Design Planning Team for In-House Team of the Year
HTA works on innovative residential and mixed use projects, challenging traditional development models. Specialists in interdisciplinary design, they enrich their contribution as planners through research and community projects.
Riette Oosthuizen, Planning Partner at HTA Design LLP said:
“We are immensely pleased and proud to be shortlisted for these awards. Over the years we have built up our expertise in successfully delivering infill and small site developments for a range of clients. These are sometimes very tricky to get through the planning process. However, we remain committed to supporting the huge potential for delivering new homes on these sites. I am proud that my team has been shortlisted for In-House Planning Consultancy of the Year. We invest in the growth and development of our staff and a culture that supports effective interdisciplinary working”.
John Acres MRTPI, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said:
“This year’s finalists reflect the important contribution planners and planning makes to creating great places and tackling the challenges we face across the UK. Planners are taking on new and innovative projects and the finalists show they are succeeding. It’s a huge achievement just to be shortlisted this year given the 6% rise in entries to the awards and the high calibre of entries will make judging very difficult.”
The winners will be announced during a ceremony held at Milton Court at The Barbican, London on 24 May 2018.