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DOE's 'Living Places' Scoops Two Prestigious Awards

Published on Wed, 25 Nov 2015 by
DOE’s ‘Living Places’, An Urban Stewardship and Design Guide for Northern Ireland has won two awards at the prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute NI 2015 awards.
The judges awarded ‘Living Places’ the 'Urban development & the Built Environment Award' as well as the overall 'Judges Choice Award' due to the ongoing positive contribution it can make to our places and spaces.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “The Living Places Design Guide identifies people and place as the two central pillars of successful and sustainable urban areas. The guide recognises the central role that planning and design has to play in the creation and maintenance of great places old and new.
“It is an exciting time as we continue to settle into the operation of the newly reformed planning system and I believe ‘Living Places’ will assist councils, designers, community groups and the general public to shape how their areas grow and develop.
“Living Places previously won an award at the UK Placemaking Awards earlier this year. To win further accolades recognises the qualities that this unique urban stewardship and design guide offers to all those involved in the development process. The guide inspires a fresh and exciting new approach to planning for our villages, town and cities which is inclusive and ambitious.”
He added: “Great potential exists for Living Places to continue to be a significant influence in the North and I would encourage all those involved in urban design to embrace the qualities it sets out as they consider the future development of our places and spaces.”
The document, produced in collaboration with The Paul Hogarth Company with Gareth Hoskins Architects and a steering group of key stakeholders, was published by the Environment Minister Mark H Durkan in September 2014.
James Hennessey from The Paul Hogarth Company commented: “We are delighted that Living Places has been recognised through these awards, which is testimony to the hard work of so many people."

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