Benjamin and Jodie Heginbotham

Nottingham business in running for national Architectural Practice of the Year title

The Practical Planning Company shortlisted at the National Building and Construction Awards 2021

An architectural design firm based in Nottingham has been chosen as a finalist in the Architectural Practice of the Year category at this year’s National Building and Construction Awards.

The Practical Planning Company was launched in 2019 by Benjamin and Jodie Heginbotham in a bid to provide homeowners with the whole design and planning package for all home improvement projects, from extensions to new builds.

The firm’s shortlisting in the national awards programme comes after two years of helping more than 200 homeowners with their home improvement projects – work which has already earned the team recognition in other awards including The Small Awards and the National Business Women’s Awards.

“Being named a finalist in the National Building and Construction Awards has been a dream of ours since we started our business,” says Jodie. “We’ve worked so hard to offer a service which makes homeowners feel safe and secure when designing and building their dream home and we’re so thankful that this has been recognised. To win the award for ‘Architectural Practice of the Year’ would be the perfect reward for all our efforts.”

As part of the submission, Benjamin and Jodie had to highlight a project which has given them the most satisfaction in terms of creativity, client satisfaction and both personal and professional development. They chose to focus on a chapel extension recently completed in Thurlaston, Leicestershire.

“This project is a favourite of ours for many reasons,” explains Benjamin. “We were tasked with designing an extension that not only provided the chapel’s congregation with a functional space, but also enhanced the area and showcased the original property, its history and character – including that of the graveyard!

“The main feature of the design was the addition of a glass gable end and large glass panels to frame the outdoor space, highlighting the graveyard and creating a better connection between the Chapel and its outside space.

“It’s a project we’re incredibly proud of and to be able to include it as part of our entry was a real honour.”

The National Building and Construction Awards celebrate the achievements of industrious, hardworking and enterprising building and construction businesses. Judged by a national panel of judges, the winners of all categories will be announced at a black-tie ceremony in London on 18 November 2021.

The Practical Planning Company offers architectural design services across Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. To find out more information about the firm and its services, visit or contact the team on 0115 874 8570.