The Hackney Wick Fish Island Retrospective Masterplan Team, which includes CMA Planning have won an award at the Planning Awards.  This evolving research project concentrating on lessons learned from building a new piece of city won the category of Excellence in Placemaking at High Densities.  The approach in Hackney Wick and Fish Island is different from a masterplan, and instead marks a return to principled city building.  Owners and occupiers work closely with authorities to successfully steer change in a place which is not in single ownership.  This experience highlights the importance of knowing and understanding the particular qualities that contribute to character of a place and the features valued by those that live and work there.  This provides the basis for successful placemaking.