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Stonebridge Estate Regeneration, The Olympic Park and Leicester Square in the running for London’s planning “Oscars”

Stonebridge Estate Regeneration, The Olympic Park and Leicester Square in the running for London’s planning “Oscars”

The Stonebridge housing estate in Brent, the London 2012 Olympic Park, Leicester Square, Croydon Metropolitan Centre and the BBC’s New Broadcasting House have all been shortlisted for the prestigious 10th anniversary London Planning Awards 2013.

Organised by London First, in conjunction with the Mayor of London, the Royal Town Planning Institute and London Councils, the London Planning Awards are the “Oscars” of the planning and development sector, celebrating the outstanding contribution of planners to the capital’s urban renaissance.

Stonebridge Estate Regeneration, nominated for Best Built Project – 5 years on, was once notorious as one of the worst housing estates in the country for poverty and social exclusion. Over a 12 year period, the regeneration programme has reduced vandalism, graffiti and crime, through the provision of affordable homes, three new parks, a community centre, a Primary Care Trust Health Centre and sports facilities.

This year’s entries continue to raise the standard of nominations and promote awareness of good practice. Other contenders shortlisted in this category include The Duke of York Square development in the King’s Road, The Roundhouse in Camden and Granary Square in King’s Cross.

Contenders are nominated by members of London First with the final shortlist judged by a panel of experts from the GLA, London First, the Royal Town Planning Institute and London Councils. The awards will be presented by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, at a ceremony at City Hall on 31 January 2013 attended by leading developers and prominent local government officials.

To celebrate 10 years of planning in London, this year the London Planning Awards include a special 10th anniversary award for the greatest contribution to Planning and Development over the last decade. The names of shortlisted candidates will be released nearer the time.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:

“For more than a decade these awards have inspired us with new ideas to create places and spaces that make our great city an even better place to live, work and invest. Once again we have a fantastic awards shortlist and I’m looking forward to sifting through them to find the winners that will raise the benchmark for great planning and design in the capital.”

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said: “In such an iconic year for London, this year’s impressive shortlist highlights the diversity of planning in our capital and showcases the range of schemes that we know London is capable of delivering; from large scale projects to outer borough estate regeneration.”

Colin Haylock, Senior Vice President of the Royal Town Planning Institute said: “The amazingly diverse shortlist is a tribute to the innovative nature of planners, and a recognition of the very wide ranging skills that planners have. What the shortlist shows is whether it’s breathing new life into an estate or helping to create the exceptional Olympic site, no challenge is too small, too large, or too difficult for planners to take on.”


A full list of shortlisted entries is below:

Best Built Project Tidemill Academy and Deptford Lounge – Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects Neo Bankside – Native Land London 2012 Olympic Parklands and Public Realm – London Legacy Development Corporation Westfield Stratford City – Westfield 5 Merchant Square – Redleaf Polhill (mossessian & partners)

Best Built Project – community scale scheme Dysons Road Community Hub – Diocese of London Clapham ONE: The Library Building – Studio Egret West Ealing Broadway Cycle Hub – Ealing Council

Best Conceptual Project Legacy Communities Scheme – AECOM Embassy Gardens – Terry Farrell & Partners Old Oak Common – Terry Farrell & Partners UCL Bloomsbury Masterplan – Lifshutz Davidson Sandilands

Best New Public Space Ladywell Fields, Lewisham – BDP Granary Square, Kings Cross N1C – Argent (King’s Cross) Limited Leicester Square – Westminster City Council

Best New Place to Live Barking Riverside-Phase 1 Housing – LB of Barking & Dagenham Aylesbury Estate Regeneration Phase 1A – Levitt Bernstein The regeneration of Packington Estate – Rydon Matchmakers Wharf – Stock Woolstencroft

Best Built Project 5 Years On Stonebridge Estate Regeneration, Brent 1996-2008 – Terence O’Rourke Duke of York Square Development – Paul Davies & Partners Architects The Round House – LB of Camden

Best Historic Building Management BBC New Broadcasting House – Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners Kings Cross Station – LB of Camden & Network Rail Quadrant 3

Best Town Centre Project Croydon Metropolitan Centre – from vision to delivery – Croydon Council Leyton Town Centre, Waltham Forest – Waltham Forest Council, Waltham Forest       Business Board, Lee Valley Estates, Jan Kattein Architects Good for Greenford – Ealing Council


Notes to editors The London Planning Awards, now in their tenth 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.
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.

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