22 June 2017
London – PBA has been presented with the award for masterplanning at the 2017 Planning Awards for its work on the Prescot town centre masterplan, alongside Environmental Associates.
The work on the masterplan, which was adopted as a Supplementary Planning Document, will transform Prescot town centre in Knowsley into a thriving destination for residents and visitors by shaping the development of the area over the next 15 years.
Jonathan Wadcock, PBA Senior Associate, commented:
“Prescot in Merseyside sits within one of the country's most deprived local authority areas. Working with Environmental Associates we were able to develop a masterplan that will improve the local economy by addressing the loss of retailers and lack of private sector investment. It also aims to meet the needs of the local community by including proposals for new leisure, retail and residential developments plus improvements to the public realm and accessibility.
We’re proud of the work we’ve done and honoured that the judges described it as an ‘ambitious and significant project that encapsulates a strong sense of place.’”
PBA was also recognised for its achievements in placemaking, receiving ‘highly commended’ for design excellence in the delivery of the Arran distillery expansion and visitor centre.
Mark Johnston, PBA Senior Associate, commented:
“PBA is proud to have led the planning process, a job made easier by the quality of the design by Denham Benn Architectural Design. The fact that the project received a high commendation, in the face of UK-wide competition from other recognised designers, is proof that the client’s vision and the design team’s execution were well targeted in this instance.
The judges recognised the contextual significance of the site and the requirement for an appropriate and sensitive design response. The distinctive design of the new Distillery and visitor centre building is set apart by the attention to the landscape in which it sits, the community of which it will be a part and the influences on form drawn from the locale. From the outset the focus was on designing a building that strikes the correct balance of elegance, contextual awareness, practicality and flair while demonstrating the overarching principle of Scottish Planning Policy ‘The right development in the right place’. “
The Planning Awards are run by Planning magazine, in conjunction with PlanningResource and PlacemakingResource. The 2017 winners were announced on 21st June at Savoy Place, London. More…