Mayor praises planners for London regeneration work

Livingstone thanks planners and designers for their role in securing London's Olympic bid while transforming the capital

The Mayor of London has praised planners for their role in securing the 2012 Olympic Games and driving forward projects that are transforming the capital. Ken Livingstone commended the sector at City Hall last week as he announced winners of the third London Planning Awards. He said: “The awards show how vital our planners are in bringing world-class design and urban renewal to the capital.” It was a double win for the city’s Olympic plans. The Joint Planning Authority Team working on the event took the mayor’s award for public excellence and Vivienne Ramsey, heading the team, took the best public sector planner award. Livingstone said: “This will be one of the most significant decades for planning and planners in the history of London. Vivienne’s skill and determination in high- profile projects — including the Olympics, Stratford City and Silvertown Quays — are helping to breathe new life into east London.” Livingstone commended a rooftop garden in the Bishops Square project from the Spitalfields Development Group and called for more in future projects. WINNERS Best public sector planner Vivienne Ramsey, head of development and building control, London Borough of Newham Best private sector planner/ planning organisation RPS Planning Best built project contributing to London’s future Bishops Square, Spitalfields, and Imperial Wharf, Chelsea Best conceptual project contributing to London’s future Grahame Park, Barnet Best community or partnership initiative Cross River Partnership

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