Littlehampton wins RTPI Excellence in Planning Award
LDA Design’s public realm scheme for the seaside town of Littlehampton in west Sussex has won a Royal Town Planning Institute’s Excellence in Planning Award for the Innovative Delivery of Infrastructure.
“The RTPI’s awards are the most respected in the UK planning industry, and it’s fantastic to see our transformation of a stretch of Littlehampton’s waterfront come out on top,” commented LDA Design director, Sophie Thompson.
“We wanted to make sure Littlehampton is better defended against flooding but also that its waterfront is better connected to the rest of the town.”
The elegant scheme, which enhances flood defences along the east bank of the River Arun, has proven popular with residents and visitors.
The design is deliberately simple and graceful, with inviting promenades at differing levels, terraced seating and coastal planting. It’s a relatively modest scheme but one that shows the power of intelligently designed public realm to transform people’s lives for the better.
Littlehampton will be part of a discussion at this month’s Landscape Institute’s annual conference, which focuses on landscape as infrastructure. Sophie, who will be joined by CH2M’s Andrew Linfoot, will discuss how infrastructure projects are often missed opportunities for connecting people and place through landscape. They will argue that it doesn’t have to be this way, using Littlehampton as just one example of how our need for new infrastructure can lead to great placemaking.