Matthews City and Country Homes proudly attended the Royal Town Planning Institute’s Awards for Planning Excellence in London. Our development of 35 homes at Burlingham Square had been short-listed as one of 9 national finalists in the category of Excellence in Planning for Homes (up to 50 homes). The calibre of entries was extremely high; with shortlisted developments ranging from affordable housing regeneration schemes in central London to sympathetic housing schemes on the edge of rural settlements.
Although we ultimately didn’t win, we were enormously proud that Burlingham Square was awarded a commended entry. In appraising our Burlingham Square, the RTPI’s judging panel stated:
“Planners played a central role in this project, facilitating partnerships with multiple other organisations and adopting a strong community engagement strategy. The scheme also created multiple apprentices as part of its construction process.”
“At Matthews City and Country Homes we were very proud to have been shortlisted for such a prestigious award. The standard of entrants in this category was exceptional; as such, it was a huge honour for us that Burlingham Square was awarded a commended entry by the RTPI’s judging panel. As was noted, planners were vitally important in the success of this scheme as they helped co-ordinate and lead on such a complex proposal. We would like to say a special thanks to Worcester City Council’s planning department for their input within the scheme; particularly with their help and support in overcoming the hurdles we faced along the way.
We would also like to thank our appointed consultants and partners during the development process; including Zebra Architects, Naturally Wild, Page Wagner Landscape Architects, RCA Regeneration, Structa Engineering, Phil Jones Associates, Bridgehouse Property Consultants, Cotswold Archaeology, Jerry Ross Arboricultural Consultancy, Historic Environmental Contractors and Fortis Living. The sheer number of consultants illustrating the complexity of the site.
Furthermore, to receive recognition for the creation of multiple apprenticeships was extra special. As a local, family run house builder, we care passionately about our local area and the homes that we build. Apprentices are a great way to provide a wider community benefit as it gives younger members of society the opportunity to gain new skills and experiences whilst positively contributing to the delivery of fantastic family homes” – Chris Matthews, Director Matthews City and Country Homes.
Phil Deeley (right), Planning Manager at Matthews City and Country Homes collecting the award.