Limerick Planning Awards

LIMERICK SCOOPS THREE PRIZES AT NATIONAL PLANNING AWARDS
Press Release, Tuesday, February 25th 2014

Three Limerick projects were honoured at the National Planning Awards ceremony held over the weekend in Dublin Castle.

The Irish Planning Institutes’s annual black tie event recognises and celebrates outstanding planning achievements at all levels and honoured Limerick Smarter Travel, the Limerick Milk Market and King John's Castle.

The Institute had received a record number of nominations for plans and projects across the country undertaken by a wide variety of groups including local authorities, development agencies, semi-state bodies, private sector professionals, students and community groups.

Limerick City and County Councils were involved in the three award winning categories on the night and Mayor Cllr Kathleen Leddin and Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr John Egan were present to see the Limerick winners take home the honours.

Limerick Smarter Travel in conjunction with An Taisce was nominated under the Transportation Planning Award for its Limerick Smarter Travel Schools Project 2013. The project was awarded a Commendation in recognition of what the judging panel felt was “an excellent example of a project promoting a model shift towards more sustainable methods of transport”.
The project was described as recognising “the crucial importance of using major change in the travel patterns of primary and secondary school children as a catalyst for behavioural change across communities”.
Limerick Smarter Travel would like to especially thank Ellen O’Sullivan, Green Schools Officer with An Taisce for her ongoing dedication to the schools project.

Both the Limerick Milk Market and Kings Johns Castle were also up for achievement awards under the Heritage Planning category which recognises excellence in the conservation, preservation and re-use of buildings, features and landscapes of heritage importance as part of a plan or project.
The Milk Market scooped the top prize in this category on the night.
Nominated by Healy Partners Architects, the judging panel considered that the project was strong in recognising “the importance of vibrant markets and historic environment in attracting tourist and in contributing the long-term vitality and viability of the city”.

King John’s Castle was awarded a Commendation in the same category for what the judging panel described as “an exemplar regeneration within the confines of a sensitive cultural and historical site”.

Mayor Leddin congratulated all involved in the three projects.
“It's a great honour for Limerick to take home three of these awards which highlight the best examples of planning practice in this country and which have made an outstanding contribution to the quality of life in Limerick,” she said. “I would like to personally thank all of those involved in Limerick Smarter, Travel, the re-development of King John's Castle and the Limerick Milk Market and commend them on their achievements.”

Leas Cathaoirleach Cllr John Egan said; “I'm particularly pleased that the Limerick Smarter Travel project under Pat O'Neill and his team was honoured as huge work has been done raising awareness of sustainable transport options and engaging a large and diverse group of stakeholders. The re-development of King John's Castle has been a resounding success and the Milk Market now has another trophy to add to its collection.”

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Last update:26/02/2014

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