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WSP project Ordsall Chord is nominated for prestigious planning industry award

21 February - Ordsall Chord, Manchester is a finalist in the category for Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy at 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.


The Ordsall Chord is part of the Great North Rail Project that links Manchester’s Victoria, Oxford Road and Piccadilly stations. The Ordsall Chord connects Manchester city centre’s main train stations for the first time and enables new, direct services to Manchester Airport from the North.

Laurie Mentiplay, Associate Director in Environmental Assessment, Management and Town Planning said: ”Over the past six years, the WSP team has helped Network Rail successfully steer the Ordsall Chord through an extremely complex and challenging planning process”.

“It’s been an incredibly complex and often controversial project to work on", said Consents Manager Edward Wellard. "We’ve had a whole host of approvals to get including a Transport and Works Act Order, planning conditions and an eye watering, 35 listed building consents from two planning authorities.”

“We’re all really proud to have delivered what we think is world class transport infrastructure and a catalyst for sustainable regeneration and renewal in the great cities of Manchester and Salford", added Laurie. “We’re delighted that the RTPI has shortlisted the Ordsall Chord for this prestigious award.”

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.”

The winners will be announced during a ceremony held at Milton Court at The Barbican, London on 24 May 2018. Tickets to the ceremony are on sale here.



About the RTPI

The Royal Town Planning Institute champions the power of planning in creating prosperous places and vibrant communities.

Using our expertise and research we bring evidence and thought leadership to shape planning policies and thinking, putting the profession at the heart of society's big debates. 

We set the standards of planning education and professional behaviour that give planners, wherever they work in the world, a unique ability to meet complex economic, social and environmental challenges. 

We are the only body in the UK that confers Chartered status to planners, the highest professional qualification sought after by employers in both private and public sectors. We support our members – over 25,000 worldwide - throughout their careers, offering them a wide of range of opportunities to learn and share ideas and skills.

RTPI is a charity registered in England 262865 and Scotland SC 03784.

About WSP

WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environment, Industry, Resources (including Mining and Oil & Gas) and Power & Energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services.

With 7,800 talented people in the UK and more than 42,000 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come. WSP has been involved in many high-profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Manchester Metrolink, M1 Smart Motorway, the re-development of London Bridge Station, and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network.





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