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DIT’s new campus at Grangegorman wins major award

Posted: 18 November, 2015

Grangegorman project wins RTPI President’s Special Award for planning

DIT’s new campus at Grangegorman has been awarded the President’s Special Award by the Royal Town Planning Institute ( RTPI).    The RTPI  is the largest planning institute in Europe and the UK's leading planning body for spatial, sustainable and inclusive planning.  In order to recognise long term outstanding achievement in planning, the RTPI offers its President’s Special Award. The award is made to a planning organisation, team, office, or individual to recognise their contribution to planning achievement. First awarded in 2000, the Award is not necessarily given every year. The last one was given to the Olympic Delivery Authority and the London Legacy Development Corporation for the creation of the 102-hectare Olympic site in London that is now being used as an urban park.

According to the RTPI  the former psychiatric hospital site has been transformed into a new campus that stands out for its seamless integration with the town and public life, serving the needs of students and the community.  In presenting the award, Cath Ranson, RTPI President 2014-15, said:

“This project is an exemplar of quality masterplanning and attention to detail. There are many facets that deserve to be recognised: the ability to use planning to create places that reach out and serve different socio-economic groups, the creative use of a formerly closed site which now supports mixed activities and services for students and the wider community, the design of good public transport connections, the quality of heritage conservation, and the use of the arts to enhance the public and student interface.  “In all of this, the role of planning has been instrumental in ensuring urban improvements have the legacy to improve lives.”

GDA Senior Planner Terry Prendergast accepted the award.