Following on from Marron Planning's win at the RTPI East Midlands Awards for Planning Excellence in November 2020, the team has been shortlisted for Planning Consultancy of the Year at the national RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence, taking place later this year.
Marrons Planning have also successfully partnered with Leicester City Council to be shortlisted as finalists in the Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy category, being recognised for their work on the £60m regeneration scheme of Great Central Square at Vaughan Way in Leicester.
The national RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence
The awards have been running for over 40 years and celebrate the exceptional work undertaken by town planners across the country. This year the awards will also showcase and recognise planners' commitment to supporting the challenges faced by communities as a result of the pandemic
The 'Planning Consultancy of the Year' award recognises the achievements of planning consultancies that have demonstrated high levels of service, commitment to sustainable development and support for the planning profession.
The 'Award for Excellence in Planning Practice' recognises those projects that promote and support a successful prosperous economy.
Great Central Square is a high-quality £60m regeneration scheme, occupying one of the most prominent positions in Leicester city centre. The project has been a catalyst for a £200m regeneration renaissance in the city. The scheme comprises two hotels, 33,000 sq. ft. of Class A office space and the refurbishment of the locally listed former Great Central Railway Station to 20,000 sq. ft. of leisure space. A pedestrian super-crossing also connects the Waterside area of Leicester to the heart of the city centre.
Commenting on being shortlisted as a finalist in two categories, Brian Mullin, head of Marrons Planning, said:
"Marrons Planning are delighted to be shortlisted for 'Planning Consultancy of the Year', and together with Leicester City Council, to be shortlisted for 'Excellence in Planning Practice' too for our work to deliver Great Central Square in Leicester.
"The last year has been a tough time for everyone. We have taken much strength from supporting each other across the public and private sectors and the RTPI has provided a valuable platform to foster and celebrate that collaboration."
The winners will be announced via a virtual ceremony on 29 April.