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Make your nominations for London’s planning ‘Oscars’ (18 Aug 2010)

Entry forms have just been published for this year’s London Planning Awards, the annual competition to celebrate the best in this under-appreciated profession, crucial to creating and maintaining the world class livability of the UK capital. Culminating in a high profile awards ceremony, hosted by Mayor Boris Johnson in January, the awards showcase the contribution good planning makes to London’s urban vitality.

There are seven categories of awards; projects may be entered in several categories. All shortlisted entries are considered for the Mayor’s overall award for planning excellence. Previous winners of the Mayor’s award include Regent Street Vision – the regeneration of one of the world’s biggest and most famous shopping destinations (2009), High Speed One – the project surrounding the new international rail terminal (2008), Kings Cross Central (2007) and the Emirates Stadium (2006) as well as smaller schemes such as Hackney’s Hothouse arts complex (2003).

Category winners last year were:

  • Highbury Square (the conversion of Arsenal’s former stadium) – Best Built Project
  • Loxford Polyclinic – Best Built Project, Community Scale
  • Ponders End Framework – Best Conceptual Project
  • Barking Town Square – Best New Public Space
  • Bermondsey Spa Regeneration, including St James Quarter – Best New Place to Live
  • Swiss Re, 30 St Mary Axe – Best Built Project, Five Years On
  • Royal Arsenal Riverside – Best Historic Building Management

The London Planning Awards are run jointly by the Mayor, London First, the Royal Town Planning Institute, and London Councils. The last two years have seen record numbers of entries to the competition, from boroughs, developers, consultants, community groups, public agencies and partnerships across London.

First established in 2002, the Awards were created to recognise excellence and showcase examples which trailblaze London’s urban renaissance; raise expectations and standards, promote awareness of good practice; and to improve the profile of planning. Crucial to creating and maintaining the world class look and feel of London, the contribution of the planning profession is often overlooked.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:

“A world city deserves world class buildings and public spaces that fire the imagination as well as improving the quality of life of Londoners. It is an honour to be able to celebrate excellence through the London Planning Awards, and to recognise the work of some of our most innovative professionals.

“Each year I am thrilled to see entries from trailblazing projects which breathe life into the capital. Successful developments must ensure the city continues to be admired around the globe – not just for its historic vistas but for its pioneering design creativity.”

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:

“A crucial component of London’s competitiveness is quality of life. London is never going to be the cheapest international city in which to live and work, but it is one of the best for culture, for heritage and for livability. Far from being intangible, livability is an ingredient which our planners add to the mix.

Ann Skippers, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), said:

“Some of the best planners, architects and developers in the world are working in London. The London Planning Awards celebrate the best of what can be achieved in this great city of ours. They demonstrate what is possible when we work together to create great buildings, places and neighbourhoods.”

London Councils’ Director of World City Faraz Baber said:

“Great design isn’t just about iconic buildings; it’s about developments that fit the character and needs of the capital. London’s boroughs are instrumental in making sure London gets the buildings it needs, and we are delighted their efforts have been recognised in these awards. They allow us to celebrate the developments that make London a better place in which to live and work.”

Awards Categories for 2010/11:

Best Built Project
Best Built Project: Community scale scheme
Best Conceptual Project
Best New Public Space
Best Built Project: 5 years on
Best Historic Building Management
Best New Place to Live

To download the entry form, download here or go to www.londonplanningawards.com
For more information please contact Kate Vandermeer at kvandermeer@londonfirst.co.uk

Notes to Editors

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Apter on 020 7665 1427

1. The London Planning Awards, now in their eighth year, are run jointly by the Mayor, London First, the RTPI and London Councils, although entry is open to non members of London First and the RTPI. Local authorities, consultants, community groups, developers, public agencies, partnerships and other teams are eligible to enter. Applicants may enter their own work or be nominated. Closing date is 10 September 2010.

2. Visual materials including logos and pictures both of previous winners and the ceremony for the 2009 Awards at City Hall are available upon request. Please contact Kate Vandermeer at London First for more details.

3. London First is a business membership organisation whose mission is to make London the best city in the world in which to do business. London First undertakes this by mobilising the experience, expertise and enthusiasm of the private sector to develop practical solutions to the challenges facing London. London First also seeks to persuade central and London government to make the investments that London needs in its infrastructure

4. London First delivers its activities with the support of the capital’s major businesses in key sectors such as finance, professional services, property, ICT, creative industries, hospitality and retail. Membership also includes all of London’s universities as well as further education colleges and NHS hospital trusts. London First members represent over a quarter of London’s GDP.

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