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London Planning Awards shortlist published

05 November 2012

 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 - Colin Haylock, RTPI President

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 by housing association, The Hyde Group, 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.  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.

This year's entries continue to raise the standard of nominations and promote awareness of good practice.  The final shortlist is judged by a panel of experts representing the Mayor, London First, the RTPI 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."

Colin Haylock, RTPI President 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."

Baroness Jo Valentine, Chief Executive, 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."

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

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