Planning prize for Glasgow urban designers

A GLASGOW-based consultancy specialising in, among other things, urban design, has been named a winner in awards run by the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Kevin Murray Associates last night took the Small Planning Consultancy of the Year title at the RTPI’s annual Planning Excellence awards.

Says the RTPI (here): “Kevin Murray Associates is a specialist consultancy in strategic visioning, action planning and research; facilitating progressive stakeholder and community engagement inputs into the planning process, both in-person and through online events.

“KMA delivers an innovative services for clients from a compact team – planning and regeneration, research, leading-edge engagement, strategy and policy development – across a wide range of locations.

“Their inclusive place momentum approach transcends different cultures, disciplines and administrative systems. Professionally active in circles like the RTPI, Academy of Urbanism, and teaching at various universities, the outward-looking KMA team also volunteer with community development trusts and youth organisations.”

Meanwhile, The Fife Pilgrim Way finished runner-up in the Excellence in Planning for Heritage and Culture category of the awards, finishing behind a school, Houlton, in the Midlands town of Rugby.

Continues the RTPI: “The Fife Pilgrim Way is a long-distance walking route that winds its way eastwards for 64 miles through the very best of Fife’s villages, towns and rolling countryside before terminating in front of the spectacular ruins of St Andrews cathedral.

“Themed around Fife’s rich medieval heritage, the fully way-marked, richly interpreted and actively managed walking route delivers unparalleled access to the countryside. It includes many miles of upgraded and new path and historic features along the way, whilst online interpretation, companion maps and the official path guidebook ensure an enjoyable, cultural and recreational experience for all.”

Among the finalists was Scots entries: Fraserburgh Conservation Area Renewal Scheme Townscape Heritage Project submitted by Aberdeenshire Council (Planning for a Successful Economy, and Heritage and Culture), Edinburgh City Centre Transformation submitted by Jacobs (Plan Making Practice), Edinburgh Strategic Green-Blue Network submitted by Atkins (Natural Environment) and Rhiannon Moore (Young Planner).

Picture credit: Kevin Murray Associates