The planning team led by DMH Stallard has reached the final of the UK’s most prestigious planning awards for their work on Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club’s (BHAFC) new training complex.
The £32million American Express Elite Football Performance Centre is a finalist in the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2017.
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:
“This is a premier event for the planning sector, by far and away the standout awards ceremony on the calendar. It’s a huge honour to be part of the team that has been shortlisted.
“The centre is everything a professional footballer needs. Indoor and outdoor training pitches and state-of-the-art medical and gymnasium facilities provide the perfect environment for developing the players of today and emerging stars of tomorrow.”
The performance centre in Lancing was previously recognised at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) South East Awards, winning Excellence in Planning for the Community and Well-being.
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.
It is contributing £2million per annum to the economy in Worthing and Adur through the use of local shops, services and contractors. Most significantly, 274 people are employed as a direct result of the new training complex.
DMH Stallard has worked with BHAFC 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. DMH Stallard has offices in Gatwick, Brighton, London and Guildford.