26 Jun 2014 RTPI Convention
The 2014 RTPI Planning Convention which took place on the 24th of June was deemed to be a great success with over 450 attendees embarking upon the convention. The event was held in London with Amec being the headline sponsor.
The 2014 event had specific focus on the role of planners in the shaping of the future. To fit this theme, a range of prestigious guest speakers contributed to the convention by delivering insightful seminars on contemporary issues in town planning surrounding this topic. Talks from Anil Menon of Cisco, MP Nick Boles and Steve Quatermain from DCLG were hailed to be just a few of the highlights that contributed to the convention. This was further supported by morning and afternoon workshops in areas such as the transport and infrastructure challenge, the housing challenge and also the sustainable urbanisation challenge to further elaborate on the theme of how planners will shape the future.
To support the RTPI Convention, the highly accredited annual RTPI awards were presented to certain individuals, consultancies and schemes that had thought to be most influential in the world of town planning. Award winners included Zoe Green, who was commended to be the Young Planner of the Year and Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners which won the Planning Consultancy of the Year for the third consecutive year.
The Marine Walk and Seaburn Promenade scheme claimed the prize for Excellence in Planning and Design for the Public Realm, despite close competition from the Brighton & Hove Wastewater Treatment project, and also the Timber Lodge and Tumbling Bay Playground project of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The success of the 2014 RTPI convention leaves high expectation for the 2015 convention, following a year of what could entail unprecedented growth within the town planning industry.
Peter Marsh, LewisDavey – 020 7859 4246
Lewis Davey is a specialist Recruitment Consultants for Town Planning and Smart Cities.