Law firm DMH Stallard’s planning team is celebrating after receiving a commendation in one of the UK’s most prestigious planning awards for their work on Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club’s new training complex.
The £32million American Express Elite Football Performance Centre was commended at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2017 at a ceremony held in London last night (Thursday, June 15).
The RTPI Awards are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry. Running for 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.
Peter Rainier, Director of Planning at DMH Stallard, said: “We are delighted to have been commended in recognition of our work. I congratulate the whole team for their efforts as well as the officers and members at Adur District Council, because this project was very much a partnership.
“The RTPI awards are an important event for the planning sector and it was a huge honour to be recognised in them.
“The training centre is fantastic and provides everything a professional footballer could need, with training pitches and state-of-the-art medical and gymnasium facilities.”
It’s not the first planning award the performance centre in Lancing has won. It was previously recognised at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) South East Awards, winning Excellence in Planning for the Community and Well-being.
Nick Raynsford, Chair of the Judging Panel, said: “The Centre is an excellent example of using the planning system to deliver a community focused development. The reach and benefits of the facility encourage inclusivity and participation. The design of the building is clever, with bespoke facilities for different user groups."
In addition to the outstanding facilities the development is making a major contribution in the community by giving local people, young and old, access to the internationally recognised venue. Disability sports clubs and groups use the community pitch on a weekly basis, with other bespoke activities regularly scheduled to support people with specific disabilities.
DMH Stallard has worked with Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club ever since the windswept days of the Withdean Stadium, submitting over 50 planning applications during the journey to the 30,000 seater AMEX and the new training headquarters.
DMH Stallard’s planning consultancy is one of the largest teams of chartered planners within a Top 100 law firm anywhere in England.
From left to right: Wayne Hemingway MBE, Ceremony Host and co-founder of fashion label Red or Dead and Hemingway Design; Peter Rainier, Principal Director of Planning, DMH Stallard; Cllr Brian Boggis, Adur District Council Exec. Member for Regeneration; James Appleton, Head of Planning and Development, Adur and Worthing Councils; Greg Scott, Clancy Consulting.