Our planning awards

Our Planning Service is fully committed to delivering high quality services and constantly strive to develop fresh, new and innovative ideas. These can be about how to make life a little bit easier for anyone using the services we provide, through to how we make Plymouth a better place in which to live, work and play. It's all about trying to make a real difference to people's lives.

While we recognise that we'll always need to continue to improve, we're proud too of our achievements, many of which have been recognised nationally, regionally and locally through awards. We've identified below awards that have been made directly to the Council for the work we've led on and to other organisations where our teams have made a positive contribution. We can be equally proud of both.

Award/category

Outcome/submission

Date

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West Awards for Planning Excellence

Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing 

Highly commended

Chaddlewood Development (submitted jointly by Barratts and Major Developments/Housing Delivery Team)

2017

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West Awards for Planning Excellence

Excellence in Planning Decision Making 

Commended

Plymouth Strategic Landscape/Seascape Character and Sensitivity Study (submitted jointly by Natural Infrastructure Team and LUC)

2017

South West Concrete Society Awards

Best Civils Project

Winner

Plymouth Coach Station and Mayflower West Car Park

2017

British Parking Awards

Best Surface Level Car Park

Winner

Plymouth Coach Station and Mayflower West Car Park

2017

Institute of Highway Engineers (IHE) South West Awards

Large Project of the Year

Highly commended

Plymouth Coach Station and Mayflower West Car Park

2017

Coach Tourism Awards

Coach Friendly Destination

Finalist

Visitor Coach Strategy

2017

Constructing Excellence South West

Project of the Year Civil Engineering 

Highly commended

Plymouth Coach Station and Mayflower West Car Park

2017

Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) South West Awards

People's Choice Award

Shortlisted

Plymouth Coach Station and Mayflower West Car Park

2017

Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) South West

Transportation Project of the Year 

Finalist

Plymouth Coach Station and Mayflower West Car Park

2017

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards

Best Local Builder or Traditional Craftsperson

Winner

Jim Woodley, Direct Property Services

2017

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Awards

Site Supervisor of the Year

Winner

John Taylor, Galliford Try

2017

Herald Business Awards

Best Social Enterprise

Finalist, highly commended

Plymouth Energy Community

2017

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West Awards for Planning Excellence

Excellence in Planning Delivery

Highly commended

The Court House Development, Mutley, Plymouth

2016

Grow Wild Awards Kew Gardens

Best Use of Promotion by a Community Project

Winner 

City to Sea Wildflower Planting Project

2016

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence

Silver Jubilee Cup

Winner

Plan for Homes

2016

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence

Local Authroity Planning Team of the Year

Winner 

Strategic Planning and Infrastructure

2016

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence

Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing

Winner

Plan for Homes

2016

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West Awards for Planning Excellence

Best Overall

Winner

Plan for Homes

2016

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West Awards for Planning Excellence

Excellence in Spatial Planning

Winner

Plan for Homes

2016

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West Awards for Planning Excellence

Excellence in Planning Delivery

Highly commended

The Court House Development, Mutley, Plymouth

2016

Considerate Constructors Scheme National Awards

Silver Cup

Winner

Marjon Link Road Scheme

2016

South West Built Environment Awards

Heritage Award Category

Shortlisted 

Laira Rail Bridge

2016

The Planning Awards

Award for Strategic Planning

Winner

The Plymouth Plan

2015

The Planning Awards

Local Authority Team of the Year

Joint winner

Strategic Planning and Infrastructure

2015

Academy of Urbanism

Great Neighbourhood Awards

Shortlisted

One of three for the Devonport Regeneration Project (Devonport is also now part of their Great Places Archive)

2015

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) South West Awards

Residential Category

Shortlisted

Cargo 2, Millbay, Plymouth

2015

Building Forum for Devon and Cornwall

Building of the Year Award

Winner

Genesis Building, Millfields Trust, Union Street, Plymouth

2015

Michelmores Property Awards

Residential Project of the Year

Shortlisted 

41 units and over, Cargo 2, Millbay, Plymouth

2015

Excellence Awards (Premier Guarantee)

Large Development of the Year

Finalist 

Admiralty Row and Maritime Quarter, Mount Wise, Plymouth

2015

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) South West Awards

Infrastructure Category

Highly commended

Royal William Yard Staircase, Plymouth

2015

Insider Property Awards South West

Residential Development of the Year

Winner

Millbay Plot A1/Quadrant Quay, Plymouth

2015

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence

Excellence in Plan Making Practice Award 

Winner 

The Plymouth Plan

2015

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West Awards for Planning Excellence

Other Planning Work Award 

Winner 

The Plymouth Plan

2015

Inside Housing Top 60 Developments

Regeneration Scheme of the Year

Winner

North Prospect Regeneration

2015

Herald Business Awards

Innovation Category

Commended

Crowdfund Plymouth

2015

Michelmores Property Awards

Commercial Project of the Year Award in the Under £5M Category

Winner

Plymouth University Marine Station

2015

Michelmores Property Awards

Commercial Project of the Year Award in the Over £5M Category

 

Winner

Help for Heroes Personnel Recovery Centre, Plymouth

2015

National Transport Awards

Ferry Operator of the Year

Shortlisted

Cremyll Ferry

2015

Ashoka

European Competition Around Social Innovation to Tackle Poverty

Winner

Low Carbon City Team/Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) and PEC Renewables (we beat competition from 270 organisations coming from the Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Poland and the UK)

2015
Green Flag Awards

 

Winner

Ham Woods Local Nature Reserve (secured by the Natural Infrastructure Team)

2015

Green Energy Awards

Best Energy Efficiency Project

Highly commended

Low Carbon City Team/Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) and PEC Renewables

2015

Green Energy Awards

Most Proactive Local Authority

Highly commended 

Low Carbon City Team/Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) and PEC Renewables

2015

Observer Ethical Awards

Best Community Energy Project

Winner

Low Carbon City Team/Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) and PEC Renewables

2015

MJ Awards

Innovation in Finance Enabling Community Share Capital

Finalist

Low Carbon City Team/Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) and PEC Renewables

2015

IESE Improvement and Efficiency Awards

Enabling Community Share Capital

Winner

Low Carbon City Team/Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) and PEC Renewables

2015

Herald Business Awards

Green Business of the Year

Finalist

Low Carbon City Team/Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) and PEC Renewables

2015

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Construction Excellence Awards South West Regionals

Best Change of Use of An Existing Property

Highly commended 

Former Thai Palace, HSK Developments

2015

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Construction Excellence Awards South West Regionals

Best Social Housing or Affordable New Housing Development

Highly commended 

Honeyford Close, Ryearch

2015

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Construction Excellence Awards South West Regionals

LABC Site Supervisor of the Year

Winner 

Andy Shepherd, Kier Construction

2015

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Construction Excellence Awards South West Regionals

Best Inclusive Building

Winner 

The Endeavour Building, HMS Drake, HM Naval Base, Plymouth Capita

2015

National Transport Awards

Partnership Team of the Year

Shortlisted

Plymouth's Dial A Ride

2014

Abercrombie Awards

Best New Housing Project

Winner

George House

2014

UK Community Energy Awards

Volunteer of the Year

Winner

Low Carbon City Team/Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) and PEC Renewables

2014

UK Community Energy Awards

Best Community Energy Start Up

Finalist

Low Carbon City Team/Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) and PEC Renewables

2014

UK Social Enterprise Awards

Investment Deal of the Year

Winner

Low Carbon City Team/Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) and PEC Renewables

2014

Green Energy Awards

Best Community Initiative

Winner

Low Carbon City Team/Plymouth Energy Community (PEC)and PEC Renewables

2014

Green Energy Awards

Most Proactive Local Authority

Finalist

Low Carbon City Team/Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) and PEC Renewables

2014

Abercrombie Awards

Best Green Project

Winner

Low Carbon City Team/Plymouth Energy Community (PEC) and PEC Renewables

2014

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Construction Excellence Awards South West Regionals

Best Local Builder or Traditional Craftsman

Highly commended 

Ryearch

2014

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Construction Excellence Awards South West Regionals

Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development

Highly commended

St Pauls Court, Efford, Plymouth

2014

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Construction Excellence Awards South West Regionals

Site Supervisor of the Year

Winner

Rob Gutteridge, Positive Building Services

2014

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Construction Excellence Awards South West Regionals

Best LABC Partnership with a Local Authority Building Control Team

Winner

Gillespie Yunnie Architects and Plymouth Building Control Partnership

2014

Empty Homes Network Awards

Most Innovative Intervention

Winner

Bringing Empty Homes Into Use

2013

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Construction Excellence Awards South West Regionals

Best Large Housing Development

Winner

Kinterbury Square and Foulston Avenue

2013

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Construction Excellence Awards South West Regionals

Best Community Building

Winner

Plymouth Life Centre

2013

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Construction Excellence Awards South West Regionals

Best Technical Innovation

Winner

Marine Research Building, Plymouth

2013

Chartered Institute of Housing Awards

UK Large Housing Schemes Development of the Year

Winner

George House

2012

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence

Other Planning Work Category

Commended

Saltram Countryside Park Masterplan and Delivery Plan

2011

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence

Other Planning Work Category

Commended

Market Recovery Scheme

2011

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence

Schemes on the Ground Category

Commended

St Aubyns Church, Devonport, Plymouth

2011

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence

Schemes on the Ground Category

Commended

High View School, Efford, Plymouth

2011

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence

Planning for Business Category

Finalist

Market Recovery Scheme

2011

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West Awards for Planning Excellence

Planning for Business Category

Commended

Market Recovery Scheme

2011

The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation Awards

CIHT/Department for Transport Awards

Highly commended

West End Public Realm Improvement Scheme

2010

National LABC Built In Quality Awards

Best Social/Affordable Housing Development

Winner

Ker Street Phase 1 Housing Scheme, Devonport, Plymouth

2010
Building for Life Gold Awards

Winner

Cargo, Millbay, Plymouth

2010

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence

On the Ground

Commended

Granby Green and Cumberland Gardens in Devonport, Plymouth

2010
Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) National Awards Your Place, Your Future 2009

Michelmores and Western Morning News Commercial Property Awards

Building of the Year

Winner

Salt Quay House, Plymouth

2008

Landscape Institute Awards

Urban Design and Masterplanning Award

Commended

Ker Street

2008

Landscape Institute Awards

Communications and Presentation Award

Commended

West End Vision and Implementation

2008

LGC Awards National Awards for Local Government

Regeneration Award

Winner

The East End Community Village

2008
Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West Awards for Planning Excellence Your Place, Your Future 2008

Regeneration and Renewal Awards

Mixed Use Project of the Year

Highly commended  

Cattedown Mixed Use Scheme

2008

The South West Planning Awards for Community Involvement

Best Practice Community Involvement by Local Authority or Government Agency

Your Place, Your Future 2008

Local Authority Building Control (LABC) South West Region Built in Quality Awards

Best Accessible Building

Astor Court Extra Care Scheme, Cattedown, Plymouth 2008

Regeneration and Renewal Awards

Best Use of Planning in Regeneration

Master Plan for the Regeneration of Devonport 2007

Housing Design Awards

Exhibition of Excellence

Millbay, Millbay Road planning application 2007
Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) Building for Life Gold Standard for Gun Wharf 2006

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence

Silver Jubilee Cup

Local Development Framework 2005
Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence Planning Process - Local Development Framework - Implementation 2005
Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West Awards for Planning Excellence

Commended

Other planning work for Local Development Framework

2005
National Housing Design Awards

Winner 

Royal William Yard - Clarence and Brewhouse

2005
Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) Awards

Commended

High Quality Architecture and Design for Mackay Vision, Armada Way Public Realm, Design Manager, Design Champion and Design Panel

2005

Westcountry Publications

Abercrombie Award

Restoration of Smeaton's Tower 2004
South West Britain in Bloom Awards Britain in Bloom - Bath Trophy for Plymouth in the floral campaign to beautify our west country cities, towns and villages 2002
British Association of Landscape Industries (BALI) Awards Landscape Design - Marshmills Roundabout, Plymouth for Landscape Architect and Clients 2002

Green Apple Awards

Unitary Authorities National Gold Winner

Community Planning Studies 2000

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West Awards for Planning Excellence

Philip Barclay Cup and Commemorative Plaque

Plymouth Stonehouse Peninsula Development 2000

British Urban Renewal Association (BURA) Awards

Secretary of State's Award

Partnership in regeneration with Sutton Harbour 1996

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West Awards for Planning Excellence

Philip Barclay Cup and Commemorative Plaque

Notre Dame Development 1996

Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South West Awards for Planning Excellence

Philip Barclay Cup and Commemorative Plaque

Western Morning News Development 1993