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National Award For Planning Achievement

Published on Fri, 6 Feb 2004
The Royal Town Planning Institute has recognised the Lagan Valley Island Civic and Arts Centre, Lisburn, with a 2003 RTPI Planning Award. Lagan Valley complex was one of just 17 finalists from 103 entries across the UK and Ireland.
David Ferguson, Chief Executive of the Planning Service, said the award recognised the vision, determination and imagination of local planners.
"We have worked very closely with Lisburn Borough Council and Consarc, Architectural Consultants for the development, to create a public building and site which is undoubtedly a striking addition to the city of Lisburn.
"This building shows what can be achieved through partnership and a positive approach to problem solving. The success of the complex clearly shows that Northern Ireland has the benefit of planners with vision and immense pride in what they are achieving – in partnership with other agencies, professions and local communities."
The basis for assessment by the three members of the judging panel, was that entries had to demonstrate a significant environmental improvement of lasting community benefit or an outstanding achievement, judged to have advanced significantly, the art of town planning for the benefit of the public.

Notes to Editors

  1. The award ceremony was in London on Thursday 5 February 2004.
  2. The awards were established in 1977 to celebrate the Silver Jubilee and to throw a public spotlight on the positive achievements of the planning profession.
  3. The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) is the professional body in the UK chartered to advance the science and art of town planning in all its aspects (national, regional and local) for the benefit of the public.
  4. It has a membership of over 18,000 who work in local and central government planning education, research and private practice.
  5. The audience includes traffic engineers, urban designers, architects, planners and landscape architects representing a wide range of professionals involved in creating the environment.
  6. For media information contact Brian Kirk, DOE Press Office, Tel: 028 9054 0013.
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