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Highbury reaches the ‘group stage’ of the London Planning Awards (3 Dec 2009)

The much praised conversion of the former Arsenal football terraces into luxury apartments has been shortlisted three times in the London Planning Awards.  Almost 30 of the 70 entries have been shortlisted, with judges describing the calibre of entries overall as “outstanding”.

The Highbury Square development, entered by Allies and Morrison, is shortlisted in the ‘Best Built Project’, ‘Best Place to Live’ and the new ‘Historic Building Management’ categories. Also shortlisted in the Best Built Project category is Regent’s Place, the British Land scheme on the north-side of the Euston Road, Woolwich Arsenal Docklands Light Railway station, Arundel Square and Grosvenor Waterside.

In the Community Scale Project category, View Tube is among the shortlisted entries, entered by the Olympic Delivery Authority. Made from lime green recycled shipping containers, View Tube is a new community and visitor facility with an unrivalled view of the Olympic Park.

Waterloo City Square, which proposes new development at the entrance to Waterloo Station, and Battersea Power Station Masterplan are both shortlisted in the ‘Best Conceptual Project’ category, while the Swiss Re building, universally known as the Gherkin, is shortlisted in the ‘Five years on’ category.

As well as Highbury, shortlisted entries in ‘Best New Place to Live’ include Bermondsey Spa and St James Quarter in Southwark. The renewal of St Martin in the Field, beside Trafalgar Square is shortlisted in the ‘Best New Public Space’ category.

The London Planning Awards are run jointly by the Mayor, London First, the Royal Town Planning Institute, and London Councils.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said:

“It is great to see a constant theme running through these entries – a commitment to improve the quality of life in London, which is one of my key priorities. I am also impressed to see our talented planners once again aspiring to the highest standards of design. Maintaining these standards is essential if we want our capital to remain the best city in the world in which to live, to work and to invest.”

The shortlisted entries will go forward to the awards ceremony, with Mayor Boris Johnson at City Hall in March. Last year’s overall winner was High Speed One, the redevelopment of the iconic St Pancras Station.


Media contact: Graham Capper on 07983 611227

Background information

London Planning Awards categories:
Best Built Project – sponsored by CB Richard Ellis
Best Built Project – Community scale scheme – sponsored by Land Securities
Best Conceptual Project – sponsored by Berwin Leighton Paisner
Best New Public Space – sponsored by Lovells
Best New Place to Live
Best Built Project – 5 years on – sponsored by GVA Grimley
Best Historic Building Management – NEW! – sponsored by English Heritage

Mayor’s Planning Award
The Mayor will select a winner of his Award for planning excellence from the shortlisted entries.


Shortlisted entries, by category

Category 1     Best Built Project
26  Highbury Square, London N5                                        Allies and Morrison
36  Regent’s Place                                                           The British Land Company PLC
57  Woolwich Arsenal Station                                            Docklands Light Railway
59  Arundel Square                                                           United House
61  Grosvenor Waterside                                                   Property House Marketing

Category 2 Best Built Project – Community Scale Scheme
20  Loxford Polyclinic                                                       London Borough of Redbridge
55  Viewtube (A View, A Brew and a Loo)                          Olympic Delivery Authority
56  Langdon Park Station                                                 Docklands Light Railway

Category 3 Best Conceptual Project
3  Deptford Creekside Charrette                                         JAM Consult Ltd
12  Battersea Power Station Masterplan                            Treasury Holdings UK
21  Waterloo City Square                                                  DSDHA Architects
29  Ponders End Framework for Change                             Enfield Council

Category 4 Best New Place to Live
8  4 Mastmaker Road                                                        GVA Grimley Ltd
23  Wilton Plaza                                                               Jestico+Whiles, Land Securities
24& 50 Joint Bermondsey Spa Regeneration, Southwark      Levitt Bernstein Associates Ltd
St James Quarter, Regeneration Area                                 Savills
26  Highbury Square, London N5                                        Allies and Morrison
37  Hornsey Road Baths                                                   Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects

Category 5 Best New Public Space
15  Great Queen Street                                                     The Clear Zone Partnership
30  The Renewal of St Martin-in-the-Fields                           Eric Parry Architects
33  Barking Town Square                                                   LB of Barking and Dagenham

Category 6 Best Built Project – 5 years on
1  Swiss Re Headquarters, 30 St. Mary Axe                       Foster + Partners
34  Cass Business School, City University London              City University London
48  Barrier Point                                                               Hardhat Communications

Category 7 Best Historic Building Management
16  St. Bartholomew’s Hospital                                          Barts and The London NHS Trust
18  The Regent Street Vision                                             The Crown Estate
26  Highbury Square, London N5                                        Allies and Morrison
35  Restoration and Development of Hall Place, Bexley        Bexley Heritage Trust
39  Royal Arsenal Riverside                                               tta Group

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