Building London Planning awards 2022 returns to showcase the capital’s standout developments
The shortlist for this year’s Building London Planning Awards has been announced with 28 organisations in the running for eight awards, including The Hickman, 80 Charlotte Street and Scale Space, which are shortlisted for Best New Place to Work. After nearly two years of on-and-off pandemic-related work from home guidance, the category highlights the changing face of quality office space as developers adapt to today’s hybrid needs. Those shortlisted have focused on creating a community environment in high-tech, modern spaces while allowing employees to maintain a positive work-life balance.
Building London Planning Awards, delivered by London First in partnership with the Mayor of London, is now in its 18th year. Celebrating outstanding town planning and creative development from across London’s built environment sector, this year the nominations span 18 London boroughs. The winners will be announced live at an awards ceremony in June, as the capital’s best developments are celebrated in-person for the first time in two years.
Other shortlisted entries include the million-pound Lea Bridge Library extension, shortlisted for Best Borough led-Project, which now has a multi-use space and café to help create a community hub, and the Elephant Park redevelopment which is shortlisted for Best Project for Sustainable Planning.
This year, entries were evaluated by a judging panel from London First and our partner organisations — the Greater London Authority, the RTPI, Planning Officer’s Society, and the BAME Planners Network, who have shared unique industry perspectives and brought a huge range of experience to their assessment of each of the schemes.
John Dickie, Chief Executive at London First, said: “From creating new homes for Londoners in heritage sites to regenerating areas to help tourism thrive, London’s built environment is playing a critical role in the capital’s recovery. The shortlisted organisations are paving the way to building a better and more robust London, underpinning the city’s position as the best place in the world in which to do business.”
Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe CBE, said: “The pandemic has changed the way Londoners live, work and enjoy the time they spend in the city. The shortlisted schemes – many of which include desperately needed, genuinely affordable homes and modern workspaces — have shown innovation and creativity, responding to the changing needs of Londoners with the design and flair that a world class city deserves. They illustrate the key role the built environment has to play in helping us to meet the Mayor’s ambition to build a better London for everyone – a safer, fairer, greener and more prosperous city for all Londoners.”
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