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London’s standout developments celebrated at London Planning Awards
29 January 2020
The winners of the London Planning Awards 2020, the capital’s foremost celebration of the built environment, backed by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, have been unveiled at a glittering ceremony in the heart of the City.
This year’s stellar line-up of champions includes Kidbrooke Village, a £1 billion scheme which, while delivering 1,630 homes, 730 affordable, has improved biodiversity by 200%; Oval Village by Berkeley Homes, which includes new flats built within an iconic Victorian gasholder; and a Heritage Lottery supported scheme to bring the Fellowship Inn, a vacant pub which had fallen into disrepair, back into community use.
The Building London Planning Awards, now in its 17th year, is organised by London First in partnership with the Mayor of London, London Councils, the Planning Officers Society London and the Royal Town Planning Institute. With construction starting on more than 2,100 sites across the capital in the first half of 2019 alone*, the awards play a key role in highlighting the truly excellent and encouraging future projects which keep communities at their heart.
Jasmine Whitbread, Chief Executive of London First, said:
“London never stands still, with a huge range of projects making a positive difference to the way we live, work and enjoy our free time. This year’s awards showcases the developments going above and beyond for the capital, from delivering beautifully designed affordable housing to safeguarding, and opening up access to, heritage assets for communities.”
Jules Pipe, Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, said:
“This year’s winners once again reflect the sheer range of talent in the capital. London needs thousands more genuinely affordable homes – and it is essential they are well-designed and supported with the workspaces, amenities and transport links needed to create places in which Londoners want to live and work.”
Councillor Darren Rodwell, Executive Member for Housing and Planning, London Councils, said:
“London faces the most severe housing pressures in the country, which is why it’s so important to support and raise the profile of high-quality developments that bring forward new homes for Londoners.
“It’s essential that developments across London meet the highest build and design standards, are environmentally sustainable and have the support of local communities. We’re very pleased to be part of the London Planning Awards and to be celebrating these outstanding projects enhancing our city and bringing important benefits to Londoners.”
Mike Kiely, Chair of the Board, Planning Officers Society, said:
“POS is again delighted to support the London Planning Awards. This year was tougher than ever to select the best from the best. London is producing some fantastic developments and all finalists should be proud to be shortlisted.”
Sue Manns FRTPI, President, Royal Town Planning Institute, said:
“The creativity of planners working with communities never ceases to amaze me and the winners of this year’s Awards show the best of this dynamic. These lively and successful places are at the centre of London’s communities and I congratulate the planners that enabled them.”
The winners of the 2020 London Planning Awards are:
Best Mixed-Use Scheme
Winner – Oval Village. The creative retention of the listed Victorian gasholder forms a centrepiece to this scheme which includes 500 homes and offers commercial space well-tailored to the site and local economy, creating 1,400 jobs.Submitted by Property House Marketing, Berkeley Home and the London Borough of Lambeth.
Highly commended – Britannia Project. This council-led project combines education, leisure and housing on one site, providing community benefits in a well-considered scheme. Submitted by Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Faulkner Brown Architects, Buro Happold Engineering, WSP, Churchman Landscape Architects, Max Fordham, Arcadis and C5 Corefive.
Best New Place to Live sponsored by hgh
Winner – Beechwood Mews. Making use of a brownfield site of 20 years, this attractive scheme includes 50% affordable housing on a new pedestrianised mews street which responds well to its surrounding context. Submitted by Peter Barber Architects and Kuropatwa Ltd.
Highly commended – Lyons Place. This well-designed project incorporates a striking 1930s petrol station, public art and protected trees while delivering 29 private homes, 21 shared ownership and 26 for affordable rent. Submitted by Farrells, Almacantar, Galliford Try, Core 5, Long and Partners, Exterior Architecture, Clarke Nicholls Marcel and Arup.
Best New Place to Work sponsored by Lifestory
Winner – The Ray Farringdon. Achieving an Outstanding BREEAM assessment for sustainability and a Platinum Wired Certification for connectivity, the design of this development is enhanced by a green façade and terraces. Submitted by Viridis Real Estate Services Ltd, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, East &JCLA, AKT-II, Buro Happold, Sweco, All Clear Designs, ACS Consulting, Four Communications, Peter Stewart Consultancy, GIA, Cass Allen, TPHS, Gerald Eve, Gardiner & Theobald and McLaren.
The Award for Community Engagement in the Planning Process sponsored by Landsec
Winner – Catford Centre pre-planning engagement. This project stood out for its innovative use of the Commonplace platform to engage with the local community about the regeneration of Catford town centre, resulting in high levels of engagement, particularly with typically hard-to-reach sectors. Submitted by Team Catford and Commonplace Digital.
The Borough-led Projects Award sponsored by Mount Anvil
Winner – The Greenwood Centre. This innovative centre improves access to green space for people with disabilities and improves social and physical well-being through its programme of initiatives. With photovoltaic cells included within the glazing, this project brings improvements to air quality in both its construction and occupation. Submitted by the London Borough of Camden, AHR and Kier.
Highly commended – Hounslow House. Replacing the former Civic Centre, the new home for Hounslow Council retains a community focus, bringing together the library and adult education classrooms with health and police partners in the heart of the town centre. Submitted by Sheppard Robson, London Borough of Hounslow, Linkcity, Bouygues UK, Deloitte, Allen Pyke Associates, TClarke and Clancy Consulting.
The Heritage & Culture Award sponsored by Hogan Lovells International LLP
Winner – Fellowship Inn. This Grade II listed pub which had fallen into disrepair has been brought back to life through a £4.2m Heritage Lottery Award, creating a vibrant community hub with cinema tickets reflecting local wages, music education and a café within its walls. Submitted by the London Borough of Lewisham, Phoenix Community Housing and Thomas Ford and Partners.
Highly commended – St Mark’s. Included on English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk register for over 20 years, this impressive Grade I listed former church has been repurposed for the 21st Century, with free community space and Mercato Mayfair offering low cost food. Submitted by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland.
Mayor’s Award for Sustainable & Environmental Planning
Winner – Kidbrooke Village. Working with the London Wildlife Trust, the Kidbrooke Village development boosted biodiversity on the site by 200% while delivering 1,630 homes, of which 730 are affordable. The developer invested in low-carbon living as part of their Urban House project, choosing modular designs for the housing with significant sustainability benefits. Submitted by Berkeley Homes, the Royal Borough of Greenwich, the Greater London Authority and the London Wildlife Trust.
The Mayor’s Award for Good Growth
Winner – Oval Village. The creative retention of the listed Victorian gasholder forms a centrepiece to this scheme which includes 500 homes and offers commercial space well-tailored to the site and local economy, creating 1,400 jobs. Submitted by Property House Marketing, Berkeley Home and the London Borough of Lambeth.
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