NPS Humber shortlisted in regional RTPI Planning Excellence Awards

NPS Humber has been shortlisted in the RTPI Yorkshire Awards for Planning Excellence 2018 for their work on Woodford Leisure Centre.


This was an extensive £11M project involving multiple agencies and consultation with and many user groups and stakeholders.

These awards celebrate projects and people who have helped create exceptional places and improved the lives of those who live and work there; highlighting how planning and planners work to create a safe, healthy and sustainable future. The Planning and Delivery to RIBA Stage 4 of the Woodford Leisure Centre Pool Extension & Remodelling, by NPS Humber for Hull City Council, is in the running for the ‘Planning for Excellence’ Award.


The NPS Humber design and project management team were instructed by Hull City Council Major Projects and Infrastructure (MP&I), to design and secure planning approval for the proposed scheme. The 25m pool extension and remodelling to Woodford Leisure Centre was part of the Hull 2017 City of Culture legacy projects, to provide a viable and sustainable replacement due to the closure of the aged historic East Hull Baths, which were no longer fit for purpose.


The key requirement was to provide a landmark community pool and recreation facility accessible to all providing healthy lifestyle benefits for the residents of Hull.


NPS Humber secured planning approval for the scheme, which secured the expansion of the existing leisure centre to provide a new 25m pool as well as:-

  • provision of improved customer services and offer within the leisure centre 
  • improved external access and parking for individual users, community groups, clubs and cycle users
  • sustainable expansion and remodelling of external paving and parking areas
  • refurbished heath suite
  • new sauna and steam rooms
  • improved Changing Rooms facility 
  • improved access to facilities for all
  • reduced running cost through installation of Combined Heat & Power and installation of LED Lighting.


This would not have been possible without the NPS Humber team working with Hull City Council MP&I to undertake undertake early master planning/option appraisal and consultation with City Planning Authorities and key stakeholders. This ensured that the relevant consents could be delivered, especially in relation to the development being adjacent to and taking up part of the historic Listed East Park.


Being shortlisted for these prestigious awards is a clear demonstration of quality delivery and exceptional teamwork between NPS Humber and Hull City Council MP&I, through their joint working relationship in project delivery.


Winners will be announced this evening at the RTPI Yorkshire Annual Keynote Reception and Awards Ceremony at Sheffield Town Hall.


The successful projects will then be automatically shortlisted for the national RTPI Awards for Planning 2019.

September 13, 2018