Bidwells entered Campbell Wharf, in central Milton Keynes, into this year’s prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) South East Awards for Planning Excellence. We were announced as the winner of the award at the online ceremony premiered on YouTube on November 16.
The scheme, which was praised by the judges, transformed an underwhelming location into a ‘vibrant and unique’ mixed-use development to include 383 new homes, a nursery, a pub, retail and commercial units, public open spaces and a short-stay marina.
Chair of the RTPI South East judging panel Sue Percy CBE MRTPI said: "The project represents a real planning success story, demonstrating excellence in land use planning, regeneration, sustainable transport and a wonderfully designed piece of civil engineering as a centrepiece. The planning team managed to overcome viability issues and have delivered a project that not only regenerated the site, but will hopefully trigger improvements to the wider area to the benefit of current and future residents and visitors."
Planning Partner at Bidwells Mike Jones MRTPI said: "It is fantastic that this scheme has the recognition it deserves as a truly mixed-use development of the highest quality. This is a testament to the success of local engagement and partnership working between the project team and Milton Keynes Development Partnership. It was particularly pleasing to hear that the judges acknowledged the enhancement of the wider setting, establishing a benchmark for future development along the canalside."
Bidwells, together with partners Crest Nicholson, Milton Keynes Council and TP Bennett Architects, are now automatically shortlisted for the prestigious national RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence, taking place in April 2021.
Campbell Wharf, Milton Keynes