The 2019 Planning & Placemaking Awards ceremony took place at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London on 4 June, bringing together over 500 professionals across the property sector for a night of celebration and networking.
The awards celebrate excellence in both planning and placemaking, recognising outstanding professional work in planning, placemaking, urban design, economic development, housing and regeneration from across the UK.
The Green, Hartlepool was awarded Best Regeneration from a toughly contested shortlist of nine projects including Clarion Housing, Keepmoat Regeneration and Blackpool Council. Judges praised the scheme for its innovative re-use of historic buildings, breathing new life into a neighbourhood previously written off.
The Welsh Streets, Liverpool took home the award for Best Use of Heritage in Placemaking. From a shortlist of six entries, including three high commendations, the judges felt that the Welsh Streets was “a great success story, transforming an area against the odds, and sending a strong message that old buildings can have a great future”.
Martin Ellerby, Head of New Business & Innovation commented: “The calibre of entries was incredibly high, with inspiring projects across a range of sectors. The quality of entries reflects the standing of the Planning & Placemaking Awards, and we are absolutely delighted that both The Green and Welsh Streets have been recognised as national examples of best practice within our industry.”
The Planning Awards are run by Planning magazine in conjunction with Planning Resource and Placemaking Resource.
The Green, a collection of 88 new homes and a new garden square on the edge of Hartlepool town centre, has been judged the Best Residential Development of 2019 at the Insider North East Property Awards. Held at the Newcastle Gateshead Hilton Hotel on Thursday 23rd May. Attended by over 400 of the regions key property professionals, the awards celebrate the achievements across all development sectors in the region.
In a shortlist of seven developments, Placefirst’s new build-to-rent community impressed the judges with its “quality homes and distinctive placemaking”.
Attending the awards with guests from Hartlepool Borough Council, Martin Ellerby of Placefirst commented: “We are of course delighted with the win, everyone has worked so hard to create a place that families will love renting, and let’s not forget this is a neighbourhood that had previously been written-off for demolition.
“This award helps to strengthen the Placefirst profile in the North East, a region where we look forward to building more great rental communities very soon.”
Amy Waller, Principal Housing Officer at Hartlepool Borough Council commented: “Tackling housing market failure has had significant challenges in Hartlepool and was particularly evident with the delivery of this site.
“The proposal from Placefirst was an innovative approach with some selective demolition to create a central green and creative remodelling of the remaining Victorian terraces.”
“From the outset Placefirst were very clear about their desire to create a place and not just build homes and, as our final HMRI site in Hartlepool, we are delighted with the result.”