National Town Planning award for Stride Treglown

National Town Planning award for Stride Treglown

Stride Treglown’s town planning team received the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) 2013 National Award for Planning Excellence in the Natural and Built Heritage category. We worked with Cornwall Council’s planning and heritage officers on this community led project, which has transformed a derelict mining area at Pool into an inspirational cultural and recreational landscape.

Focused around the former Robinson’s Shaft, Heartlands is within the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site and is of great historic significance. Heartlands, which opened as a free to access tourist destination last summer incorporates a major park and visitor centre, provides a gateway into the historic tin mining complex. New buildings, sited alongside the 10 grade II* listed buildings, provide a community centre, offices and quarter for artists and creative industries with residential accommodation, including affordable housing, above. Particular reasons cited for the success of the project included the close involvement of the local community and overcoming the many planning challenges, including accessibility, designing a replacement building in a sensitive heritage context and in the context of the potential recommencement of mining.

Graham Stephens, Director of Town Planning at Stride Treglown, who collected the award on behalf of the project said

we are delighted that Heartlands has been recognised as not only an exemplar in collaborative working, but also as a truly exceptional development project which has the community at its heart. The project is a catalyst for further investment and we look forward to seeing further positive planning outcomes in the years to come.

Andrew Renshaw, Senior Associate, who worked closely with officers at Cornwall Council said

the award really rewards the tenacity of the community and its leaders, the local authorities, the project team and the contractors in pursuing their vision of an amazing transformation in the heart of what was an economically depressed and environmentally damaged area.

The extensive public consultation and comprehensive planning and listed building submissions following the site masterplan were instrumental in securing planning permissions without delay. With its strong environmental credentials, Stride Treglown not only executed and coordinated the planning submission strategy, but its architects achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating for both the new and refurbished buildings.

In addition to the National RTPI Award, Stride Treglown’s involvement in the Heartlands Project secured the overall winner of the South West RTPI 2013 Award for Planning Excellence, and both a Regional and National RIBA Award last month.