Connect takes home Public Affairs Award for Planning Campaign of the Year

Connect came away with the Planning Campaign of the Year award at the Public Affairs Awards last night (Thursday 10 December 2015) for our work with Bode to stimulate the redevelopment of Archway Town Centre. The award caps an excellent year for Connect’s property service, which has secured planning permission for our clients for more than a 1,000 new homes and hundreds of new jobs across the country.

PAA 2015 WINNERS LOGOSConnect has been working with Bode for two years to secure support for the conversion of Hill House in Archway from offices to homes, re-clad the building, and to develop new homes, retail and community facilities in the surrounding area including Archway Mall.

Connect delivered a substantial community engagement programme that gave the residents and business of Archway the opportunity to influence the development of the proposals, which secured demonstrable public and political support.

It is the second year in a row that Connect has been awarded for our work at the Public Affairs Awards, after winning the Corporate Campaign of the Year last year with Pimlico Plumbers and Gill’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

Connect Director, Sarah King said:

“We are thrilled to be recognised for our work on planning communications which is a very important of our business. It gives us the opportunity to work with great clients like Bode and achieve real change for local communities like Archway. This project is an example of the brilliant work we do throughout the year delivering outstanding results for our clients.”

Charles Moran, Bode Property said of Connect’s work:

“From the outset, we knew our plans for Hill House could face unsurmountable political opposition due the use of PDR. Other developers were experiencing difficulties in the borough, with their applications being rejected.

 “The strategy that Connect designed and delivered secured support for our proposals from community and business groups in Archway, and ensured politicians understood that PDR would be catalyst for the fullest regeneration of the site. This not only meant we secured planning permission for our first phase from Islington Council, but also allowed us to make a successful case to the Government for PDR to be made permanent.”

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