East Bank project wins second RTPI award


East bank The success of Littlehampton’s East Bank project has been recognised with a second award from the Royal Town Planning Institute [RTPI].

Following on from the national accolade awarded last year, the scheme has now been recognised for its ‘Excellence in Planning for the Innovative Delivery in Infrastructure’ by regional judges.

Jointly awarded to Arun District Council, the Environment Agency and landscape architects LDA Design, a trophy was handed over at the South-East regional awards ceremony held at Brighton Pavilion last week.

The East Bank was completely rejuvenated during the project, which saw the Environment Agency put in place a tidal flood defence scheme to alleviate the risk of flooding in the town. Then, 450m of promenade was transformed to create a welcoming place for people to stroll along, and to sit and enjoy views of the harbour.

Sue Percy MRTPI, Chair of the RTPI South East Judges Panel, said: “We were impressed with the council planners’ innovative approach to infrastructure delivery and community engagement which improved the overall inclusivity of the scheme and its final design. The planners have helped to shape a place that more people now want to spend time in.”

Philippa Dart, Director of Services at Arun District Council, said: “The Council is delighted that this great project has again been recognised by the RTPI. It was not an easy brief to tackle as it involved constructing flood defences before creating a modern pedestrian scheme which would attract visitors, as well as being enjoyed by local people.

“I think that in the light of these awards, and the positive public feedback we’ve received, we can proudly say that, working in partnership, we have achieved our aim.”

Last year, the East Bank scheme was also recognised in the Arun Conservation Area Advisory Committee Design Awards.