News: 24 January 2020Sweet success at award ceremony

Our team attended the RTPI South West award ceremony this week, picking up not one but two awards for the iconic ‘Cadbury community’ in Keynsham, Somerdale.

Our integrated planning, landscape and design team were awarded the Excellence in Planning Delivery and the overall award for Planning Excellence in the South West Region for the mixed-use redevelopment of the 90-hectare former Cadbury factory – of which over three-quarters of is now completed.

The judges said, “This is without doubt an example of Planning Excellence in the South West. This very impressive scheme benefited from having a clear vision for the large site, a vision adhered to by all the principal parties from the planning stage right through to delivery. The strong design leadership and client commitment to delivering a quality ‘flagship’ scheme enabled the delivery of a mix of complementary uses creating an undeniably successful ‘place’ focussing on the renovated former iconic chocolate factory buildings.”

A walking tour followed the ceremony led by Design Partner James deHavilland, who said, “We are really proud of this new neighbourhood and it’s great to be able to celebrate its success. 

“It was really gratifying to have one of the new residents come out to greet us on the walking tour and complement us on what a fantastic place this was to live.”

Receiving the award on the day, Senior Planner Lauren Taljaard said, “We are delighted to be able to celebrate the positive contribution that planning can make, resulting in great places to live.  Anyone that comes to Somerdale is really impressed and we are very proud to have been an instrumental part of a big team that planned and delivered this quality development”.

Planning Partner Simon Prescott went on to say “It’s great to be able to highlight the delivery of a fantastic scheme at this time. Rightly, there is a lot of focus on housing numbers but it’s much easier to obtain wider public support for new development when they can see the quality, such as that which is being celebrated with this award.”

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Image: Beata Cosgrove Photography

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