Drake’s Place Reservoir wins People of Plymouth award


The people behind some of Plymouth’s best-loved buildings were honoured at the city’s Abercrombie Awards on Friday evening.

Drake’s Place Reservoir was awarded the People of Plymouth title at the event which is designed to celebrate the new buildings and spaces that have helped make Plymouth the city it is today. The people of Plymouth award is voted for by the public and well over 1,000 votes were cast. 

The Royal William Yard was given the Judges Special Award for its role in raising Plymouth’s status on the international stage as Britain’s Ocean City.

Plymouth University’s Performing Arts Building, ‘The House’ was made overall winner of the Abercrombie Award for demonstrating design excellence and innovation and making the greatest contribution to planning in Plymouth.

Cabinet Member for the Environment, Councillor Brian Vincent said: “This is an opportunity to sit back and say ‘job well done’ to all those involved in building and development, both big and small.

“It shows how projects of real quality have continued to be delivered against a backdrop of very difficult economic circumstances. Since 2011, Plymouth’s Planning Committee has approved £1.3 billion of development, illustrating the confidence investors have had in the city.” 

With over 50 entries, the judges were struck by the strength of nominations and the amount of high quality projects that have been completed in Plymouth since 2011.

Other award winners are: 

  • Best Smaller Development – Stairway to Devon
  • Best Conversion or Conservation Project – Devonport Column
  • Best Public Space – Drake’s Reservoir
  • Best Community Project – Ham Woods
  • Best Green Project – Plymouth Energy Community
  • Best New Housing Project – George House, Millbay
  • Best New Building – Performing Arts Building ‘The House’

 The judges were impressed with the diversity of the schemes submitted and especially the high levels of community involvement in all the projects.

Assistant Director for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure at the Council, Paul Barnard, added: “2014 is the centenary of the Royal Town Planning Institute and what unites all the entries has been the commitment of them all to turn what could have been the mundane into something exceptional which positively contributes to a vibrant growing city.”