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Shortlist announced for London's Prestigious Planning Awards

01 November 2010

The highly praised extension of Clapham Manor Primary School has been shortlisted in the prestigious London Planning Awards, now in their eighth year. The polychromatic building, entered by dRMM Architects, will be one of the contenders for this year's Best Built Project - Community Scale Scheme category. Its contemporary design, inspired by post-war system built schools, provides much needed additional learning space, whilst fitting into a tight urban environment.

The school's historical success has largely been due to keeping everything under one roof – the new wing was therefore conceived as a freestanding addition that plugs into the original school, making use of an under-used portion of the site. Others shortlisted in the category include White Hart Dock, DLR New South Quay Station and The Barn & Eco Garden at the Eastern Curve, Dalston.

In the Best New Public Space Category, Oxford Circus streetscape improvements and diagonal crossings have made the shortlist, along with Bermondsey Square, Braham Street Park and Waterside Gardens, Crayford.

DLR London City Airport Extension has been shortlisted for Best Built project – 5 years on, for its role in stimulating regeneration across the Southern Royal Docks.

Boris Johnson praises the schemes

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said:

"In addition to extremely high design standards, a commitment to improve the quality of life in London also shines out from this year's shortlist. I am particularly pleased to see the emphasis placed on improving our green and open public spaces, which are vital to my vision for London to become the world's best big city."

The London Planning Awards are the capital's major showcase for planning in both public and private sectors. Organised by London First in conjunction with the Mayor, the Royal Town Planning Institute and London Councils, it celebrates the outstanding contribution of planners to the capital's urban renaissance, and is attended by leading developers and prominent local government officials.

All shortlisted entries will go forward to the awards ceremony on January 20, where winners will be announced by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor Sir Simon Milton at the awards ceremony at City Hall.

Twenty four developments have been shortlisted from this year's entrants, all of which were of a very high standard. One of the entries will also be picked for the Mayor of London's coveted Planning in Excellence Award. Last year's award was won by The Crown Estate for their Regent Street Vision.

Full list of shortlisted entries:

Best Built Project
Enfield Town Library, submitted by London Borough of Enfield
St Ann's Sen Centre of Excellence, submitted by Merton Council
EC1 Public Realm Improvements, submitted by London Borough of Islington
Central Saint Giles, submitted by Legal & General Property

Best Built Project - Community Scale Scheme
White Hart Dock, submitted by London Borough of Lambeth
DLR New South Quay Station, submitted by Docklands Light Railway
Clapham Manor Primary School, submitted by DRMM Architects
The Barn & Eco Garden at the Eastern Curve, Dalston, submitted by J & L Gibbons

Best Conceptual Project
London River Park, submitted by Gensler
Aylesbury Action Plan, submitted by London Borough of Southwark
Islington Housing Competition, submitted by Levitt Bernstein
London Sustainable Industries Park, submitted by London Thames Gateway Development Corporation

Best New Public Space
Waterside Gardens, Crayford, submitted by London Borough of Bexley
Oxford Circus Streetscape Improvements and Diagonal Crossings, submitted by Oxford Circus Streetscape Improvements and Diagonal Crossings
Bermondsey Square, submitted by East Architecture, landscape, urban design
Braham Street Park, submitted by London Borough of Tower Hamlets

Best New Place to Live
Connaught Gardens, submitted by Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects
Central Saint Giles, submitted by Legal & General Property
Ewart House & Abigail House, submitted by Harrow Churches Housing Association and Octavia Housing
Beaufort Park, submitted by St George Central London

Best Built Project - 5 Years On
Crystal Wharf, submitted by Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects
DLR London City Airport Extension, submitted by Docklands Light Railway

Best Historic Building Management
Shakespeare's Globe-Sackler Studios, submitted by Shakespeare's Globe
St Paul's Church Yard, submitted by City of London