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National Urban Design Awards 2017

Winners of the UK 2017 National Urban Design Awards announced at the Awards ceremony on 2 March 2017 in central London

The Urban Design Group is delighted to announce the six winners of the 2017 National Urban Design Awards, as follows:

Practice Award: Node, for collaborative design of a Knowledge Hub in Birmingham
Public sector Award: Croydon Borough Council, for Connected Croydon

Student Award: Brian Yuen, Douglas Lee, Cassie Tang, Wilson Wong, from the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL, for Charlton Riverside Masterplan

Book Award: Ruby Press for ‘Housing Cairo: The Informal Response’, Editors Marc Angelil and Charlotte Malterre-Barthes, in collaboration with Something fantastic and CLUSTER

Outstanding Contribution: Alan Baxter, founder of Alan Baxter Associates, for pioneering work in people focussed design, including street design in Poundbury which created a practical precedent for others to follow, and iin the encouragement of multi-disciplinary working both in the practice and in the shared workspace at 70 Cowcross Street that has become a hub for built environment practices and voluntary organisations.

Lifetime Achievement: Tim Pharoah, for his modest approach and persistent commitment, both as a town planner and transport planner, to the primacy of the pedestrian over vehicle movement and thus ensuring the important components of quality of life in the built environment are regarded.

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Urban Update - Today's News

13th March


Bury St Edmonds Masterplan consultation

Devon - Kingsbridge – 100 Homes Masterplan

Public realm improvements to transform public housing estate in Newport  - South Wales Argos

Craigmillar east of Edinburgh development underway – Edinburgh Reporter

Deep clean and £3.2m pedestrianisation plans revealed for Union Street,  Aberdeen

Aberdeen council receives application for car based retail park development  - Planners urge rejection and continued commitment to city masterplan - Evening Express
Developers, claim the expansion will create 500 jobs.  The wise know that retail development merely redistributes existing jobs.   

Masterplan for Maryport are being drawn up by Allerdale Borough Council – Times and Star

Mineral extraction plan designed to double size of rowing club lake at Upton, Malvern – Malvern Gazette

Sleaford masterplan to secure 7300 jobs

Consultation on Silverstone Masterplan

Thousands of new jobs and homes announced for Coventry and Warks in £392m Midlands masterplan

Major visitor attraction could be built at Liverpool’s Kings Dock – Liverpool Echo

£135 million plan to transform Gloucester’s waterfront enabled by local development order  - Gloucestershire Live

Lendlease gets green light for Melbourne waterfront scheme – The Construction Index



Roman road excavated

Ozymandias statue found - Look upon my works ye mighty and despair….. 
A warning to anyone involved in the Built Environment  

England has more ancient oak trees than rest of Europe put together, attributed to Norman deer-parks - Independent

Archaeologists Uncover Vast Ancient Roman Copper Mining Operation in Spain


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Urban Design Directory - Featured Practice

Amec Foster Wheeler

Defence College for Technical Training, Lyneham



Masterplanning and design of new Defence College for Technical Training.  Creative re-use of disused military base including new build, refurbishment, conversion and landscape design.


The Defence College for Technical Training is currently under construction at Lyneham in Wiltshire, which when completed will create a joint college for Army, Navy and RAF.  The first phase of the project involves approximately 150000m2 of new build and 150000m2 of refurbishment and conversion of the of the former RAF Lyneham as well as extensive civil and landscape works to create the required upgraded infrastructure and external training environment. 

The design includes many innovative sustainability measures, not least the savings made in terms of cost, embodied energy and resources through the creative re-use of extensive areas of the existing estate.  The AMEC design team undertook a thorough process of building and requirements analysis and consultation with end-users to determine a strategy for the effective re-use of buildings where this supported the creation of a first-class training environment.  New buildings were carefully designed to complement the refurbishment and conversion of the existing estate, providing a combination of bespoke facilities and flexible new accommodation in a series of highly energy efficient buildings designed to create visual consistency across the site and helping to provide a campus-like environment.

The work completed by AMEC in securing planning permission for the college was commended by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West region as an example of ‘planning excellence’.  Aside from the sheer scale of the application, the judges were particularly impressed by the quality of the technical work and the extent of stakeholder engagement undertaken despite working to a very tight programme. 




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