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Marrons shortlisted as finalists at the national RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2023

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The team has been shortlisted as finalists for Planning Consultancy of the Year and Excellence in Planning for the Natural Environment at the national RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence taking place later this year.

The RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence 2023, now in their 46th year, showcase and celebrate the very best plans, people and projects and highlight the positive contribution planning professionals make in the communities we serve around the world.

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 for the Natural Environment’ recognises projects that improve the natural environment through conservation, enhancement or restoration. For example, green and blue infrastructure plans, natural resource management or improving biodiversity.

The shortlisted project, submitted by Marrons, focuses on the St Margaret’s Business Station’ in Leicester.

St Margaret’s Bus Station represents an ambitious and important step forward in Leicester’s efforts to become a carbon neutral city. It shows the city council’s commitment to decarbonising its public buildings and builds on its work to promote sustainable transport – helping to improve services for bus passengers in and around the city. It is the UK’s first net zero carbon bus station and a great example of modern, sustainable design. Marrons started working with Arcadis on behalf of Leicester City Council on the high-profile £14.3 million St Margaret’s Bus Station redevelopment in December 2019. It opened in June 2022.

These two shortlistings are testament to the skills and experience we have within Marrons. 2023 has been a year of growth and transformation for the firm that has seen its portfolio of services expand to include socio economics, urban design, heritage and architecture. This has provided its clients with the tools needed to respond to the requirements of the National Planning Policy framework, and brilliant designs that are underpinned by a deep understanding of commercial complexities, local authority requirements and planning strategy. As a result, in December 2022, Marrons Planning rebranded as Marrons – to reflect this expansion.

The winners will be announced on 21 November 2023.

Published: 6th November 2023
Area: Company News

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