The multi-award winning Porth Teigr scheme in Cardiff Bay has received another accolade. The regeneration scheme was commended in the City and Metropolitan Areas category of the Royal Town Planning Institute's (RTPI) UK Planning Awards 2011 at the annual Awards Lunch held in London on 23 February. Awarding the commendation, the judges noted that the scheme "promises benefits for the area and the City as a whole."
Last year, Porth Teigr was the overall winner of the RTPI Wales Planning Award 2011, whilst Insider Wales named it as the Property Deal of the Year and igloo, the developer of Porth Teigr, as Commercial Developer of the Year.
Mark Hallett, igloo's Development Director, said: "Igloo is committed to FootprintR, our policy of sustainable investment designed to deliver benefits to our four key stakeholder groups (institutional investors; local community; creative industries; regeneration agencies) by generating economic, environmental, social and financial value in edge of city-centre locations. I am delighted that igloo's commitment to sustainable investment has been recognised by such a prestigious body. "
Rodney Berman, leader of Cardiff Council, said: "On behalf of Cardiff Council I would like to offer my congratulations to igloo, and everyone else who has made a valuable contribution to the Port Teigr scheme. It is very pleasing to see this regeneration project, which has helped bring new jobs and investment to Cardiff, achieve the recognition it deserves."
Paul Vining, Regional Director of WYG Planning & Design, who submitted the scheme on behalf of igloo, said: "It has been a privilege to work with igloo, the Welsh Government, Cardiff Council and other stakeholders on this exciting project. It is rare to find a client that places so much emphasis on high quality design and sustainable development and I am delighted that this is now reflected in another award."
Neil Mattinson, Senior Partner at LDA Design, public realm designers, said: "We are delighted that the scheme has been recognised for the value of its planning and design work. Our deliverable public realm strategy sets a sustainable framework to enhance Cardiff Bay's landscape."
Meaning "Tiger Gate" in English, the name Porth Teigr reflects the site's relationship with the well known Tiger Bay. It is the last part of Cardiff Bay to be developed, and is already home to the BBC's new Roath Lock Studios as well as a new bridge across the Outer Lock, public realm and local facilities. A new visitor attraction, the Doctor Who Experience, will open at the site later this year.
The purpose of the RTPI Planning Awards is to celebrate the contribution that planners and planning make to society through enhancements of the physical environment that create recognisable social and economic benefit.