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Shakespeare North Playhouse Exterior May 2022

Knowsley Council is a Finalist in National Planning Awards

by Lisa Bennett

Knowsley Council’s Planning service has been named as a finalist in the Royal Town Planning Institute’s National Awards for Planning Excellence for the Shakespeare North Playhouse project.

Earlier this year, Knowsley Council’s ambitious plan to deliver a world class cultural venue and spearhead wider regeneration in Prescot won the award for Excellence in Planning for Heritage and Culture and was named the Best Overall Project at the North West Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Excellence 2023.

As a regional winner, the project was put forward to compete in the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence National Awards and it has now been named as a finalist.

The awards recognise and reward the brightest talent in the planning profession; the most outstanding plans, projects and people helping to transform economies, environments, and communities.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said:

“I am delighted that the Shakespeare North Playhouse project has been named as a finalist in the National RTPI Awards.

“It was an honour to win the North West Award earlier this year and the fact that the project is being showcased at a national level demonstrates the significance of the Playhouse and what it is delivering for Prescot.

“Being named as a finalist is well deserved recognition for the dedicated team of officers and partners who worked for many years to deliver our ambitious plan for Prescot and to deliver the amazing theatre and visitor attraction that we have in Prescot town centre today.”

The national awards ceremony will take place on 21 November 2023 in London.