Review of 2012

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URBED would like to wish all our friends a happy new year! 

Having survived our most difficult year in 2011 we are please to say that 2012 has been gratifyingly busy and we are still here! We have managed to keep our team together and indeed have been welcoming new people. Eleni Kalkantzi started at the beginning of the year to develop our sustainability work and we have also welcomed Sangeetha Banner as our in-house planner to replace Grace Manning-Marsh who moved on to become a senior consultant at Temple Group. We have also enjoyed working with Vincent Reygiraud and Caitlin Rowlands as interns.   
Highlights of the year have included being joint winners of the Urban Design Group Practice Award for our work in Brentford. Bury Council and ourselves were also overall winner of the regional RTPI Planning Achievement for our Bury but Better strategy. We also won a Community Land Trust Network Award for excellence in community engagement for our 2up2down/ Homebaked project in Liverpool, that was even featured in the New York Times!  

In terms of work we have seen our scheme for Isis in Brentford start on site, and watched the refurbishment of five tower blocks as part of the implementation of our Old Trafford masterplan in Manchester. Planning permission has been granted for our 1000 unit Icknield Port Loop scheme in Birmingham for the City Council, HCA and Canals and Rivers Trust. In Bradford we have been working for Urbo on a plan for the 1200 unit New Bolton Wood scheme while in Nottingham we have two schemes that we are working on for Blueprint. Meanwhile we continue to develop our work in domestic retrofit with eight pilot houses being refurbished to demonstrate 80% carbon reductions as we speak. Details of these and other projects…