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Wind modelling project takes top prize at London Planning Awards

28 February 2017

London Planning Awards 2017 Winners

A project which modelled wind in and around a cluster of tall buildings in the east of the City of London won the top prize at the 2017 London Planning Awards.

‘Wind modelling of the Eastern Cluster’ carried out by City of London won the Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence, the prize awarded to the overall winner at the London Planning Awards.

The night’s winners also included the Peckham Coal Line, a grassroots project creating a new community park from a disused coal line; the Deptford Project, which has transformed a railway goods yard into a vibrant space for local businesses, cafes and homes; and the Francis Crick Institute, a pioneering partnership that brings six of the world’s leading biomedical research organisations under one roof.

Stephen Wilkinson, president of the Royal Town Planning Institute, said:

“The projects recognised by these awards demonstrate the breadth and diversity of our profession. Planners continue to create better places and improve the well-being of London’s communities.”

Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said:

“The projects recognised at this year’s awards are incredibly impressive in terms of the quality of their design and the level of ambition. As London continues to grow we need to ensure our built environment responds to the challenges this brings – and does so in a way which recognises London’s unique heritage and minimises the impact which development has on the environment.”

Full list of category winners (all pictured above in image):

Best Community Led Project

Peckham Coal Line, submitted by 927 crowdfunders

Best Conceptual Project

Wind modelling of the Eastern Cluster, presented by City of London

Best Heritage Led Project

The Deptford Project, submitted by London Borough of Lewisham and U+I Group PLC

Best New Place to Live

London City Island, submitted by EcoWorld Ballymore

Highly commended, Place/Ladywell, submitted by London Borough of Lewisham, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Aecom and SIG

Best New Place to Work

The Francis Crick Institute (‘the Crick’), submitted by The Francis Crick Institute and CBRE Ltd

Highly commended, Make HQ 32 Cleveland Street, submitted by Make Architects, Derwent London, Exigere, GDMP, Akera Engineers and Rougemont

Best New Public Space

Pearson Square, Fitzroy Place, submitted by Exemplar, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, Sheppard Robson, Gross Max and Sir Robert McAlpine

Best Project Five Years On

Quadrant 3, submitted by The Crown Estate, Dixon Jones and CBRE

Highly commended, Regent Quarter, submitted by Aedas and P&O Developments

Best Town Centre Project

The Scene, submitted by Hill Partnerships, Islington and Shoreditch Housing Association, Pollard Thomas Edwards and London Borough Waltham Forest

Best Planning Authority

London Borough of Southwark

Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence

Wind modelling of the Eastern Cluster, submitted by City of London

The London Planning Awards are organised by London First, in partnership with RTPI London, the Mayor of London, London Councils and the Planning Officers Society. The awards were presented at a ceremony at London’s City Hall last night.