The Regent Street Vision has received the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson's, Award for Planning Excellence at the London Planning Awards.
The annual London Planning Awards, jointly run by the Mayor of London, London First, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and London Councils, are designed to recognise planning professionals and organisations that have made a vital contribution to the capital in making it a better place to live, work, do business and visit.
This year, the Mayor's Award for Excellence was looking in particular for a project that combined real quality of delivery, a lasting change for London, and which sent out a clear message about the type of city the Mayor wants London to become.
The Regent Street Vision, submitted by the Crown Estate, was deemed to show strengths across a number of the award categories – but was praised in particular for its excellent renovation and remodelling of historic buildings and for its ambitious long term plans to bring Regent Street up to international standards of retail and commercial floor space and public realm. The project was deemed to combine the best of modern architecture whilst making the most of London's built heritage, a key objective in the London Plan.
A new category, Best Historic Building Management, was also a huge success, attracting an exceptional field of diverse projects which focused on older and historic buildings. Royal Arsenal Riverside won the award, with a commendation going to St Bartholomew's Hospital.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said:
\"Once again the London Planning Awards have attracted strong entries that really do improve the quality of life of Londoners. It's particularly important during these tough times for the economy that we press on with developing our city so that the capital emerges from the downturn stronger and more competitive. Our planners and designers have an important role to play in ensuring we produce functional projects that also fire the imagination.\"
Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive of London First, said:
\"Planners have a major role to play in ensuring London emerges from the downturn strong and competitive and we must encourage the development of buildings which add immeasurably to London's quality of life. Today's awards, which showcase the best of London, recognise those who have fashioned the fabric of the capital, strengthening its position as the best city in the world to live and work. Regent Street Vision has managed to combine the old with the new – merging modern architecture with London's rich heritage – adding to the city's unique character and attractiveness.\"
Ann Skippers, President of the Royal Town Planning Institute, said:
\"Planning is key to securing London's recovery and to making the capital an even better place to live. It's fantastic to see the range of projects highlighted at this year's Awards, ranging from new public buildings to beautiful public space improvements. Regent Street Vision, a 10-year plan to transform Regent Street, has already achieved its aims of making the street one of the world's top shopping and leisure destinations, and sets out an ambitious vision for the further development of the area. I'm delighted to see this groundbreaking strategy win the top award at this year's London Planning Awards.\"
Faraz Baber, Director of World City at London Councils said:
\"We're delighted that three boroughs are among the winners at this year's awards. These borough projects showcase the important and varied role that councils play when it comes to planning in the capital - from providing the initial vision for regenerating a local area to creating new public spaces and ensuring that communities have buildings like clinics to meet local needs.\"
Other categories and recipients in this year's awards include:
Best Built Project (sponsored by CB Richard Ellis)
Highbury Square by Allies and Morrison
Best Built Project – Community Scale Scheme (sponsored by Land Securities)
Loxford Polyclinic, by Lodnon Borough of Redbridge – Winner
Viewtube (A View, A Brew and a Loo), by Olympic Delivery Authority - Commendation
Best Conceptual Project (sponsored by Berwin Leighton Paisner)
Ponders End Framework for Change, by Enfield Council
Best New Public Space (sponsored by Lovells)
Barking Town Square by London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
Best New Place to Live
Bermondsey Spa Regeneration, Southwark , by Levitt Bernstein Associates Ltd
and St James Quarter, Regeneration Area, by Savills
Best Built Project, Five Years On (sponsored by GVA Grimley)
Swiss Re Headquarters, by Foster and Partners – Winner
Cass Business School, by City University London - Commendation
Best Historic Building Management (sponsored by English Heritage)
Royal Arsenal Riverside, by 'Berkeley Homes (Urban Renaissance) and London Development Agency' – Winner
St Bartholomew's Hospital, by Barts and the London NHS Trust - Commendation