Wick Community Campus (Keith Hunter Photography)

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and Wick Community Campus are both a finalist in the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2018. 

The RTPI Awards are the most established and respected awards in the UK planning industry.  Running for over 40 years, they celebrate exceptional examples of planning and the contribution planners make to society.  Wick Community Campus, designed by international design practice Ryder Architecture as part of the Scottish Schools for the Future Programme, offers the community and visitors a vastly improved local resource, housing modern facilities catering for a wide variety of community and health and wellbeing needs.  The scheme has been shortlisted for Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy.

Professor Gordon Murray, partner in Ryder Architecture, said, “Since the Georgian era, Wick has been an important urban centre in the far north of the British Isles, its economy a barometer of regeneration in the region.  Education underpins that regeneration and Wick Community Campus is at its heart.  Many people have contributed to its establishment and to ensuring it maximises a positive impact on the potential futures of the community in the immediate surroundings and across the north of Scotland.  Ryder Architecture are pleased to have contributed to the wider vision of the project and delighted to have assisted the regional government in implementing a proactive planning strategy focused on regeneration.”

Nominated in the Excellence in Planning for Health and Wellbeing category, Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary is conceived as a garden hospital and designed to meet the increasingly sophisticated healthcare needs of the region’s ageing population. 

John Acres MRTPI, president of the Royal Town Planning Institute, said, “This year’s finalists reflect the important contribution planners and planning makes to creating great places and tackling the challenges we face across the UK. Planners are taking on new and innovative projects and the finalists show they are succeeding. It’s a huge achievement just to be shortlisted this year, given the 6% rise in entries to the awards and the high calibre of entries will make judging very difficult.”

Andrew Jones MRTPI, practice leader of design, planning and economics at AECOM, said, “AECOM is proud to once again be a headline sponsor of this year’s RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence.  The finalists are a diverse mixture of outstanding examples of planning, which demonstrate the breadth of the impact the profession has on quality place making and delivery in the built environment.”

David Jackson MRTPI, head of planning at Savills said, “Savills is delighted to be a headline sponsor of the RTPI Awards for Planning Excellence.  The finalists reflect the positive impact planning has on our communities and wider society across the UK, Ireland and internationally through exemplary projects, plans and people.”



The RTPI champions the power of planning in creating prosperous places and vibrant communities. It is the only body in the UK that confers chartered status to planners, the highest professional qualification sought after by employers.  It supports its members – over 25,000 worldwide – throughout their careers.

The winners will be announced during a ceremony held at Milton Court at The Barbican, London on 24 May.