17 February 2021

MICA nominated in RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2021

MICA’s Density Study project for London Legacy Development Corporation has been named as a finalist in the category for Excellence in Plan Making Practice at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2021.

The RTPI Awards celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.

The London Legacy Development Corporation commissioned MICA in 2019 to undertake the Density Study in 2019. The study was designed to provide a tool for the Local Planning Authority (LLDC), for developers proposing development and for Local Communities as they engage with the development of high density development schemes in the planning process. It aims to provide an understanding of development densities in and around the area and what has the potential to make these successful places to live, work and carry out business.

From a technical point of view, it is intended that the supports the policies in its revised Local Plan 2020, providing further contextual evidence. It builds on and complements the LLDC’s Characterisation Study 2019 by providing detailed assessment of existing and planned densities across the area. Through study of various typologies and relevant built examples, the it examines the ways that different densities are achieved. It is intended to help guide and inform discussion about the density of emerging proposals and how they relate to their surrounding context.

RTPI President Wei Yang FRTPI said: “Many congratulations to all the finalists at this year’s RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence – these projects, teams and individuals showcase the very best of the planning profession from all the RTPI’s regions and nations and from countries around the world.

“For over 40 years, these prestigious awards have celebrated the exceptional work undertaken by town planners. In the middle of a global pandemic, I believe they are more relevant than ever before, recognising the incredible commitment and dedication of planners who have risen to the challenge of responding to the impacts of Covid-19 on the planning system.

Sarah Elliott MRTPI, UK&I Town Planning Lead for Buildings + Places at AECOM, said: “The finalists are a diverse mixture of outstanding examples of planning, including new responses driven by the pandemic and climate change. Once again this demonstrates the breadth of the impact the profession has on quality place making and delivery in the built environment, alongside our resilience to evolve and adapt.”

The winners will be announced during a ceremony held virtually in the Awards Room on Evessio at 4pm on Thursday 29 April 2021.

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